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Friday 28 August 2009



1) Invitation to Ray Tonkin's retirement drinks

2) The Burra Charter Development Program

3) APT LA 2009 Conference

4) Free books in return for book reviews

5) Workshop - Effective Interpretation of Archaeological Resources

6) NAI 5th Annual International Conference in Australia - call for presentations

7) World heritage and tourism:  Managing for the global and the local - call for papers

8) Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities

9) The Hon. Paul Keating to present Opening Address at UDIA2010 National Conference


1) Invitation to Ray Tonkin's retirement drinks


All ICOMITES are cordially invited to celebrate with Ray Tonkin on his retirement from Heritage Victoria. Please see the attached invitation for further information.


2) The Burra Charter Development Program


The current version of the Burra Charter is now 10 years old.  Australia ICOMOS is keen to monitor the usefulness of the Charter and related conservation doctrine, and where necessary to refine this doctrine or provide further guidance in the cause of good conservation.


Accordingly, the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter Working Group has reconvened following preparation of a report on a Burra Charter Development Program.  The report preparation was supported by funding generously provided by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.  Working Group members are currently contributing to a work program and allocating tasks - the approach will be to work on a range of tasks in parallel, and undertaking consultation with members on key areas of the review.  The work program covers a 12 month period aiming to complete the review by October 2010.


The 3 key task areas for the Working Group are:

1. Need for review, possible update and renewal of the Burra Charter Guidelines - including possible new guidelines (eg. on interpretation and community engagement).  The review of the existing guidelines was a task left over from the major project to update the Burra Charter in the 1990s;

2. Consideration of the use of the Burra Charter in relation to other international ICOMOS doctrine/charters; and

3. The need for any refinements of the Burra Charter itself given the experience in the last 10 years.


The Working Group will soon be inviting the participation and comments of members on aspects of the review process. It is also planned to hold Burra Charter Review workshops for members, hopefully in all states and territories, to ensure an effective consultative process involving all interested Australia ICOMOS members.


For further information on the Burra Charter Development Program please contact Tracy Ireland (tracy.ireland@canberra.edu.au) or Duncan Marshall (marsd@ozemail.com.au).


3) APT LA 2009 Conference


The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) will hold its Annual Conference on November 2-6, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Registration can be completed on-line at www.apti.org. Rates increase after September 7 and again after October 18.


APT LA 2009

November 2-6, 2009

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

Preservation in the City Without Limits



Conference Registration

Registration fees for the APT LA 2009 Conference will increase by $50 on Tuesday 8 September and then $100 on October 19. Details are on the Conference web site and on Facebook. Register online now!


LA and the APT Conference

Los Angeles represents the quintessential American city of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Technological and social changes allowed an interconnected, yet scattered, collection of towns and villages to grow (sprawl) into one of the world's major metropolitan regions comprising five counties; more than 200 towns, cities, and municipalities; and more than 15 million residents. At the hub of this metropolitan agglomeration, Los Angeles invites rigorous debate between those seeing an urban utopia - complete with fast cars, movies stars, high-tech jobs, surf boards, fruit orchards, and mountain resorts - and those who envision a dystopian nightmare of race riots, air pollution, traffic jams, endless sprawl, and rapidly increasing density. Somewhere in the middle, for better or worse, lies the real Los Angeles, the model for the post-war 20th century American metropolis and (sometimes considered jaded) blueprint for the World City.


The APT LA 2009 Conference in Los Angeles will address the scientific, engineering and technical ramifications of preserving the modern metropolis and its expansive body of historic resources through the four Conference tracks in the program.


Conference Highlights


Keynote Speakers

Opening Speaker - Kevin Starr, University Professor and Professor of History at the University of Southern California speaking on Preservation in an Age of Economic Challenge - More Necessary Than Ever


College of Fellows Lecture - Richard A. Engelhardt, UNESCO Charge de Mission, Senior Advisor to the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO Professor of Heritage Management speaking on }"First Principles" in the Conservation of Asia's Heritage: Lessons Learned from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards Competition


Paper Sessions

List of educational tracks, session titles and paper abstracts are on the web site: Papers and Sessions link.

Workshops and Symposium

         Architectural Ceramics

         Movin' and Shakin': Advances in Seismic Retrofit

         Injection Grouts for the Conservation of Architectural Surfaces at the Getty Conservation Institute

         Capturing the Past for Future Use: Integrating Documentation with Repair, Design and Construction

         Practice in Historic Buildings (presented in cooperation with AIA-HRC with funding from GSA)


Field Sessions

         Frank Lloyd Wright's Textile Block Houses in Hollywood Hills

         Pasadena's Arroyo Seco Landmarks

         Mid-Century Modern Houses by Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra

         Preserving Synergy of Natural and Modern Landscapes and Architecture

         An Afternoon at the Getty Conservation Institute

         Fernando Rey de Espana and Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

         The Desert Bloomed Modern-Palm Springs in the 20th Century



         Hurray for Hollywood: A Visit to Historic Fox Studio

         Los Angeles' Broadway: Vaudeville & Moving Picture Houses


Register online now


For further information contact:

Dana Saal, Conference Manager

217.528.2460 or dana@apti.org


Nathela Chatara, Administrative Director

217.529.9039 or info@apti.org


Created in 1968 in Quebec as a joint venture between preservationists in Canada and the United States, APT continues to be the premier international outlet for sharing technical preservation information. Headquartered in Springfield, Illinois, APT is a nonprofit organization in both the US and Canada, with regional chapters across the continent and in Australia.


4) Free books in return for book reviews

We have another batch of books to go out for review in Historic Environment.  As usual, the book is yours to keep in return for the review.  Two of the books available for review have a local history focus.  The books are:


  The Career of William Thompson, Convict by the Port Arthur Historic Site

  William Wardell and Genazzano FCJ College/span> by Ursula de Jong

  Archaeology as a Tool of Civic Engagement edited by Barbara Little and Paul Shackel


Please let HE Reviews Editor, Caitlin Allen know by email if you are interested in reviewing any of these books.  Reviews are normally required within 8 weeks of you receiving the book and the expected word length is 700-800 words.  Caitlin's email is caitlin.allen@bigpond.com.au.


We are always on the look-out for unsolicited book, conference and exhibition reviews. If you have a review/intend to review a publication, conference or exhibition, please send an email to caitlin.allen@bigpond.com.au advising the subject of your review.


5) Workshop - Effective Interpretation of Archaeological Resources

Effective Interpretation of Archaeological Resources - 19-23 October 2009

A 5-day interdisciplinary workshop, on site and hands-on, for building effective archaeology interpretation programs and projects, utilizing NPS Training MODULE 440.


For further information, visit



E-mail questions to:

John Jameson, NPS Southeast Archeological Center (tel.: 850-580-3011 ext. 243), John_Jameson@nps.gov ; or


Rosemarie Salazar, Rosemarie_Salazar@nps.gov

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, tel.: 970-529-4629


6) NAI 5th Annual International Conference in Australia - call for presentations


NAI International Conference

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

April 13-17, 2010


In cooperation with Interpretation Australia Association and Townsville City Council


National Association for Interpretation

888-900-8283 / www.interpnet.com


If you're one of the hundreds of people who have attended one of National Association for Interpretation's International Conferences in the past four years, you already know what a unique opportunity this event offers to create a global community for the interpretive profession. If you haven't been able to join us in the past, please consider becoming a part of the April 13-17, 2010 NAI International Conference to be held in Townsville, Queensland AUSTRALIA. This year's conference is being presented in partnership with Interpretation Australia Association and City of Townsville.


The Call for Presentations can be found, along with other information about the conference, at www.interpnet.com/ic/.  If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the conference, please submit a presentation before 30 September 2009.


The official language for the conference will be English. Unfortunately, speakers do not receive payment or discounts on registration; however, you will have the opportunity to share your good work and ideas with up to 200 delegates from 30 or more countries around the world.


Complete registration information will be available in mid-September at this same website.


7) World heritage and tourism:  Managing for the global and the local - call for papers


World heritage and tourism:  Managing for the global and the local

3-4 June 2010, Quebec City, Canada


As of 2009, approximately 900 sites are registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. For many sites inscription on the World Heritage List acts as a promotional device and the management challenge is one of protection, conservation and dealing with increased numbers of tourists. For other sites, designation has not brought anticipated expansion in tourist numbers and associated investments. What is clear is that tourism is now a central concern to the wide array of stakeholders involved with World Heritage Sites. We increasingly need to understand the multi-layered relationships between the diverse range of Sites and tourism and tourists and, to focus on how tourism is effectively managed for the benefit of all.


This conference seeks to explore a series of critical and fundamental questions being raised by the various 'owners', managers and local communities involved with World Heritage Sites in relation to tourism: Why do tourists visit some World Heritage Sites and not others? What is the tourist experience of such Sites? How successful are Sites in the management of tourists? What roles do local communities play in Site management? How can the 'spirit of place' be protected in the face of the sheer volume of tourists? How can some Sites maximize the potential of a sustainable tourism for the purposes of poverty alleviation and community cohesion? How effective are communication strategies in bringing stakeholders together?

What management skills are needed to address the needs of different stakeholders, different sites and different cultures?


We encourage papers from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and welcome submissions which address theoretical, empirical, methodological, comparative and practical perspectives on the fullest array of themes associated with the management of UNESCO World Heritage.




Original papers are invited to consider subject areas including, but not limited to, the following themes:


  Marketing in the management of World Heritage Sites

  The pragmatics of managing tourists

  Financing World Heritage

  Community involvement in Site management

  Relations between intangible cultural heritage and Site management

  The role of the private tourism sector

  The nature of tourist experience and behaviour at World Heritage Sites

  Shaping local, regional and national identities through Site inscription

  Issues of governance and trans-national regulation

  Legal rights and notions of 'ownership'

  The management of World Heritage 'values'

  The geo-politics of inclusion and exclusion

  Methods of Site evaluation

  Managing spiritual values and biodiversity

  The role of UNESCO and the political economies of designation


Please submit your 500 words abstract (in French or English) including a title and full contact details as an electronic file to Professor Maria Gravari-Barbas (Maria.Gravari-Barbas@univ-paris1.fr) or Laurent Bourdeau (laurent.bourdeau@fsa.ulaval.ca) as soon as possible but no later than 15 December 2009.


Publication opportunity: Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration. Best papers from the conference will also be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change.


Conference Organisers: UNESCO/UNITWIN NETWORK for Culture, Tourism and Development, the Faculty of Business Administration at Universite Laval, the Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change at Leeds Metropolitan University.


For further details on the conference at a later stage please visit www.tourism-culture.com or http://www.fsa.ulaval.ca/tourisme or email to ctcc@leedsmet.ac.uk


8) Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities


The Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) was created on 8 September 1993 in Fez (Marocco). In commemoration of this big event, 8 September was declared "Solidarity Day of World Heritage Cities" and all these cities are welcomed to commemorate it every year.


The OWHC urges the administration of each member city to take advantage of this day to stress the important responsibility of the city to protect as well as promote world heritage and especially the privilege of having a part of that heritage in their city.


Within the framework of the Regional Secretariat for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, the Solidarity Day was previously dedicated to the senses of taste and hearing under the slogan "Heritage has sense". Different activities to raise awareness about this issue were organized and it was emphasized in both our Gastronomic and Musical Heritage.


For the year 2009, according to the agreement that was adopted at the 8th Regional Conference for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean held on 3 and 4 December 2008 in Strasbourg, the Solidarity Day will be dedicated to people whose senses are either totally or partially impaired, with a special; emphasis on those who are visually impaired people or those with reduced mobility, in order to afford them increased access to our Heritage.


In this way, this Regional Secretariat was in charge of formulating a Guide to help the development of activities regarding that issue.


The proposal is based on facilitating access to Heritage to people, either residents or tourists, who have any kind of permanent or transitional disability by means of raising awareness among the citizens and institutions in charge of the historical centres and monuments. They will be able to enjoy the Heritage not only as far as infrastructure is concerned but also regarding the treat they receive.


It is proposed the following slogan be used:


"Accesible Heritage, Heritage for everyone"


The Solidarity Day of the World Heritage Cities is an important occasion to raise awareness within our local community as well as our tourists about the important meaning of Heritage. With these initiatives, we will get that our World Heritage Cities will be in the vanguard of an accessible Heritage and so a Heritage for everyone.


Let's celebrate this world event!


Let us know about the activities that have been organized in your city and we will publish them in our Web site: http://www.ciudadespatrimonio.eu/.


Contact: secretaria@ciudadespatrimonio.eu.


Web site of the Regional Secretariat for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean of the OWHC: http://www.ciudadespatrimonio.eu.


OWHC Web site: http://www.ovpm.org.


Web site of Urbo Portal: http://urbo.ovpm.org.

Possible activities to carry out at the solidarity day


  Press Conference, interview on the radio and the television with the mayor/mayoress of the city.

  The OWHC flag will be raised at the city centre or at any emblematic building.

  Adoption by the local council of a motion about the Solidarity Day.

  Organization of visits through accessible routes to the historical centre or to any monuments or museums especially thought for people with reduced mobility. Possibility of inviting some authorities who can go to the visit in a wheelchair.

  Organization of visits to the Historical Centre or any kind of monuments or museums exclusively thought for either visually impaired people or with hearing problems, using specialized guides, explanations in the sign language, etc. Possibility of inviting some authorities who can follow the visit with the blindfolded eyes.

  Organization of any visits to authorities and public in general, blindfolding their eyes or even using a wheelchair to make them understand that problem and to support these people. This will be useful in order to authorities and organisms responsible for the Heritage make an effort to develop systems of interpreting to access the Heritage and to raise awareness about the problem.

  Exhibition of models of monuments and emblematic buildings so that visually impaired people can touch them.

  Open Day to permit either tourists or only visually impaired people to touch originals or copies of statutes, engravings, inscriptions, mosaics, etc. The aim of this Open Day is focused on the fact that these people can "touch" the Heritage.

  Either organization or presentation, if it is in a near date, of conferences or talks about "Accessibility in the Heritage" given by experts in the issue.


Other actions to carry out in the long term with the possibility of introducing the solidarity day initiative


  Organization of a brief Course or Seminar about "Accessibility in the Heritage" given by experts and aimed at people responsible for monuments or museums, tourism guides, museum guides, people responsible for exhibition rooms, etc.

  Elaboration of leaflets about the Heritage of the city or any other monuments or museums translated into Braille. In 2009 it is celebrated the International Year of Louis Braille.

  Incorporation of systems of audio navigation, subtitles or with sign language in Web sites of information about Heritage.

  Translation of Web pages using the sign language, audio described videos. Signing of Agreements with institutions that work with disabled people (National Organization of Spanish Blinds (ONCE, the acronym in Spanish), Associations of deaf people).

  Developments of local plans of comprehensive actuation with disabled people.

  Local regulations about the elimination of urban architectural barriers in the transport, in the Communications or even in the Heritage.

  Creation of Accessibility Offices in the respective Town Halls.

  Creation of a Commission of Architectonical Barriers in the Town Halls, who should be informed and consulted from the different involved areas in order to take important decisions regarding the mobility inside the Historical Centre. The aim of this is based on carrying out a total coordination of the actions.

  Campaigns of promotion and spreading in the mass media, social media (Citizen Movement) and professionals (tourist sector, cultural sector, monuments and museums, taxis, etc.) of the measures that facilitate the accessibility in the Heritage.

  Offering both tourists and citizens an interpreting service and an Interpreter guide in the sign language.

  Edition of "Guides with useful information for disabled people".

  Inclusion in the leaflets about cultural events the following text: "This space is reserved to people with any kind of disability".

  Elaboration of Accessibility Diagnostics of Heritage about our cities regarding the urban part as well as the monuments and museums.

  Edition of leaflets about "How to make accessible our Heritage" and the presentation and distribution.

  Creation of parking reserved to physically handicapped people in the Historical Centres as well as in monuments and museums.

  Placing toilettes for the disabled in the monuments and museums at the cultural events. If they cannot be permanent, they should be rental or portables.

  Incorporation of either permanent or portable ramps to access to historical buildings, monuments or museums. Platforms that can be lifted in order to safeguard the stairs in protected buildings. Trying to make accessible the whole building or at least a part of it.

  Positioning cameras in inaccessible places (towers, high floors without lifts) so that people with reduced mobility can see the content of the floor or at least can see it from that point in a screen located in an accessible area.

  Including perfumes to help the interpretation of a museum or monument in order to the visually impaired people can understand it better.

  Elaboration of models of historical buildings and monuments to exhibit them in public places such as the own Town Halls, Civic Centres, Tourism Offices, Museums, Centres of Interpreting of Visitors, etc.


9) The Hon. Paul Keating to present Opening Address at UDIA2010 National Conference


The UDIA2010 Organising Committee is pleased to announce the confirmation of the Hon. Paul Keating as a Keynote Speaker at the UDIA2010 National Congress.


Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating will present the Opening Keynote Address on Tuesday 9 March 2010.  Paul Keating is one of the great Australian political leaders.  His continued high international standing reflects his political and social achievements, his knowledge of world affairs and the close contact that he maintains with national leaders and former leaders.


Mr Keating's abiding interest in architecture and urban design is well known as are his regular contributions to newspapers and international journals on these subjects.


Mr Keating's presentation will explore themes around the future of development in Australia.  The presentation is particularly relevant in the current economic and social climate and should not be missed.


We anticipate that Paul Keating's high profile will ensure extensive interest from the media, sponsors and other stakeholders. This will greatly increase the exposure of any organisation seeking cross promotional opportunities with the UDIA2010 National Congress. Please contact the Congress secretariat if you wish to discuss promotional opportunities in further detail!


Congress Secretariat

Urban Development Institute of Australia National Congress 2010

C/- Conexion Event Management


E: udia2010@conexion.com.au

T: +61 2 9518 7722

F: +61 2 9518 7222

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