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Friday 20 November 2009



1)  Invitation to a ‘Vicomite’ Christmas event at Abbotsford Convent

2)  Australia ICOMOS – Canberra Talk Series

3)  Australia ICOMOS 2010 Conference – selection of conference papers

4)  Burra Charter Development Program – possible Charter refinements?

5)  Heritage Careers Chat in Canberra

6)  Invitation to presentation on conservation in Amritsar, India – REMINDER

7)  Heritage 2010: 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development

8)  EN Industrial and Engineering Heritage Working Group (IEHWG) meet

9)  UDIA2010 Congress – registration now open

10) Links to recent DEWHA media releases

11) Scholarships for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions

Situations Vacant

12) Project Specialist, GCI Field Projects Department (LA, California)

13) CollectionsCare Coordinator, WA

14) Heritage Practitioner, GHD, Hobart


1) Invitation to a ‘Vicomite’ Christmas event at Abbotsford Convent


Get your diaries out and reserve the evening of Monday, 7 December, for a Christmas ICOMOS event in Melbourne. We will be visiting the Abbotsford Convent for a tour of this fascinating site led by Nigel Lewis, followed by drinks and nibblies. For those Icomites who went on a tour before the Convent was operational, this will be a chance to see how it has been transformed.


The Sisters of the Good Shepherd ran the Abbotsford Convent from 1863 to 1975, leaving behind extensive gardens and 11 heritage buildings ranging from the main convent building and cloister to the industrial-scale Magdalen laundries. In this century it has become an arts centre, providing space for artists’ studios, a performance venue, a radio station, cafes, restaurants, and much more.


Please join us for a tour of the site at 5.30 pm (meet at the site entrance off St Heliers Street), then move to Handsome Steve’s House of Refreshment on the first floor of the convent building at 6 pm, where nibblies will be provided and drinks available at the bar, or just join us at Handsome Steve’s from 6pm. Note: this is a members’ event, though perspective members are welcome to attend as guests of current members.


Where:  Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

When:  5.30 pm (tour), 6 pm (drinks), Monday, 7 December

Cost:  Free for ICOMOS members; $5 for guests of members

RSVP:  by 2pm, Friday 4 December to austicomos@deakin.edu.au


2) Australia ICOMOS – Canberra Talk Series




As part of the Burra Charter development program, Australia ICOMOS is running a series of workshops in order to engage directly with members about the range of tasks related to the Charter, the current guidelines and possible future guidelines.  These workshops will supplement information gathered through the electronic surveys advertised in the e-news and other research.  The workshop will include a report back on findings so far, as well as explore a range of issues related to the Charter and its guidelines.


Please come along with your thoughts and observations about such things as…


§  what do you most appreciate about the ‘new’ Burra Charter?

§  is there anything you would like to change about the Charter?

§  are the existing guidelines useful or should they be changed?

§  should we develop new guidelines and, if so, on what?


Members and the public are welcome.  Christmas refreshments will be available!  This is part of a series of talks organised in Canberra by Australia ICOMOS.


Time & Date:  5.00-6.50 pm, Thursday 3 December 2009 – the workshop will actually start at 5.10 – so please be on time.

Venue:  Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side).

RSVP:  To Duncan Marshall at marsd@ozemail.com.au


3) Australia ICOMOS 2010 Conference – selection of conference papers



22 – 25 April, 2010, Broken Hill, Australia


The Broken Hill Conference Committee met on Thursday 12 November 2009 and were overwhelmed with the varied and interesting abstracts submitted for this Conference.  Over 60 abstracts have been received from throughout Australia and overseas, with potential participants including presenters from New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, USA, China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as throughout Australia.  This will ensure that the material at the Conference has a wide appeal to delegates, who will hear case studies from throughout the world.


The Conference Organising Committee thanks all those who made submissions and will confirm the successful abstracts and snapshots by Friday 27 November 2009 at the latest.


4) Burra Charter Development Program – possible Charter refinements?


As part of the Burra Charter Development Program, one of the tasks being considered by the Working Group is the need for possible refinements to the Charter itself.  It is 10 years since the Charter was adopted and we are keen to hear from practitioners and users about any issues or problems people may have encountered.  Following the major review in the 1990s, it is not expected there are major issues but it seems possible there may be smaller problems.


Comments will be collated and considered by the Working Group prior to consultation with both the Executive Committee and wider membership.


Please send any comments to Duncan Marshall at marsd@ozemail.com.au by 11 December.  It would be helpful if comments could be structured to:


§  identify the relevant article/s (if the issue relates to a specific article)

§  describe the issue briefly, and

§  if possible, suggest a solution.


5) Heritage Careers Chat in Canberra


Over 40 cultural heritage students and Australia ICOMOS members attended a heritage careers chat undertaken in October as part of the regular Canberra talk series.  The event also saw the launch of the Australia ICOMOS Mentoring Program.


The event was aimed to attract undergraduate and graduate students in heritage and museum studies courses, and early career professionals who are seeking to work in these sectors.


This event was a cooperative venture with Australia ICOMOS, the Donald Horne Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Canberra, the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts at the Australian National University, and the Canberra Institute of Technology.


Please contact Duncan Marshall at marsd@ozemail.com.au for a copy of the full report on the event.


6) Invitation to presentation on conservation in Amritsar, India – REMINDER


Australia ICOMOS members are invited to attend a presentation on the conservation of built heritage in Amritsar, Punjab.


Balvinder Singh, an Associate Professor at the Guru Ramdass School of Planning in Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, and heritage planner and conservator will speak about his experiences in conserving buildings in and around the Holy City of Amritsar. Amritsar was founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ram Das, in the 16th century. It is home to Sri Harimandir Sahib, or the Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural centre of the Sikh religion.


For the past two decades, Assoc. Prof. Singh has been involved in urban redevelopment and built heritage conservation in Amritsar and the Punjab region, as well as photographically documenting the area's vanishing landmarks. He also has a special interest in the tangible and intangible heritage of the Sikhs – a topic he will be lecturing on at the World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne.


Please join us in welcoming Assoc. Prof. Singh to Melbourne, and enjoy his richly illustrated presentation. Seating is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible!


Where: Heritage Victoria Conference Room, Level 4, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne

When: 4pm (tea), 4.30 pm (lecture), Wednesday, 2 December

Cost:  Free of charge – please note this is a members-only event

RSVP: by Thursday, 26 November

to Natica Schmeder, natica@dodo.com.au

or Megan McDougall, megan.mcdougall@dpcd.vic.gov.au


7) Heritage 2010: 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development


Heritage 2010: 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development

23-26 June 2010, Évora, Portugal


For further information about this conference, visit http://www.heritage2010.greenlines-institute.org/


8) EN Industrial and Engineering Heritage Working Group (IEHWG) meet


IEHWG's second meeting was held in Freiberg, Saxony, Germany on 31 August and 1 September 2009, at the occasion of the Congress of The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage TICCIH.


Visit http://www.europanostra.org/news/72/ for more information.


9) UDIA2010 Congress – registration now open


Click on the link below to register for this event.




Early bird registration closes 30 December. Discounted group registrations are also available.


For additional information on the Congress, please contact the Congress Secretariat or visit the Congress website:


Urban Development Institute of Australia 2010 Congress Secretariat

Conexion Event Management

Phone: + 61 2 9518 7722

Fax: + 61 2 9518 7222

Email: udia2010@conexion.com.au

Web: www.udiacongress.com.au



10) Links to recent DEWHA media releases


Caring for our iconic World Heritage places



National Maritime Museum purchases Omai relics



11) Scholarships for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions


Applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, approved and financially sponsored by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Programme, have just opened.


This Master Course is organized by a Consortium of leading European Universities/Research Institutions in the field, composed by University of Minho (coordinating institution, Portugal), the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), the University of Padua (Italy) and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic). The course combines the most recent advances in research and development with practical applications.


A significant number of scholarships, ranging from 4000 to 24000 Euro, are available to students of any nationality.


The Consortium is also available to host outstanding third-country scholars who are interested in contributing to the Master Course Programme. Interested third-country scholars may receive scholarships for teaching and research activities for a period of up to three months.


Please find full details on the MSc programme, as well as electronic application procedure, on the website: http://www.msc-sahc.org/


12) Project Specialist, GCI Field Projects Department (LA, California)


The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), located in Los Angeles, California, and one of the operating programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust, works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and delivery of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.


As one of the core program areas of the GCI (with Science and Education) the Field Projects Department applies GCI research on real projects, to develop, trial, demonstrate, and build the capacity of partner organizations and its international audience. The GCI’s Field Projects Department is seeking a Project Specialist to fill a three-year, limited term position.


Responsibilities will include research and fieldwork for developing and implementing practical conservation solutions at archaeological, built and urban sites. Position works across a number of projects within Field Projects, requiring versatility, creative thinking and a sound understanding of and experience in the physical conservation of buildings and sites.



§  Graduate degree preferred in architecture, archaeology, urban planning or other relevant discipline

§  Post-graduate qualifications in cultural heritage conservation or equivalent practical conservation experience

§  Five years experience working in cultural heritage conservation, preferably in physical conservation of buildings or sites

§  Minimum of 3-7 years of project management experience


Professional Expertise

§  Architectural conservation including carrying out of documentation and assessments analysis of deterioration and identification of causes, development of conservation actions on historic buildings and preferably archaeological sites

§  Architectural design experience including structural and environmental knowledge in relation to historic sites and buildings

§  Demonstrated experience implementing physical conservation work on site and designing/implementing management policies and actions on site

§  Some experience in new development in the historic environment is an advantage

§  Experience and ability to conduct research and analysis and synthesize it into conservation programs and actions.


Other criteria

§  Excellent interpersonal and verbal skills and the ability to work in small interdisciplinary teams

§  Excellent writing skills and ability to contribute to and write reports, papers

§  Working knowledge of GIS, Photoshop, AutoCAD and InDesign preferred

§  Good organizational and time management skills needed

§  Must be available for frequent international travel

§  Foreign language, such as Arabic or French, preferred but not essential


An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience will be provided. International candidates welcome. EOE


To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and cover letter to gcistaffing@getty.edu or fax to 310-440-6182 by 15 December 2009.


13) CollectionsCare Coordinator, WA


Consider working at the frontier of community heritage development in regional Australia!


We are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to coordinate Australia’s first CollectionsCare Regional Hub in the WA Goldfields.


This position involves identifying and building relationships with collecting organisations across the WA Goldfields region, including but not limited to archives, galleries, libraries and museums. You will work with such organisations, their staff and volunteers, encourage collaboration and networking across the region, and facilitate access to professional development opportunities, funding opportunities and resources.


Key responsibilities include strategic planning, stakeholder relationship management, policy and procedures development, planning and coordination of training, meeting facilitation, and communication with Reference Group and project partners.


The WA Goldfields CollectionsCare Regional Hub is a demonstration project initiated by the Collections Council of Australia, the WA Department of Culture and the Arts and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.


The position will be based at the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder but will involve travel within the WA Goldfields region.


Applicants should respond to the selection criteria in the position description, available from the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder website or on request by telephone. (Please note that the vacancy was sent to some e-lists last Friday (13 November), but contained some errors. The corrected Position Description, including an increased salary ($60,000 to $65,000 plus benefits) is now available at http://www.kalbould.wa.gov.au/JobSearch.asp?SID=121&MID=5&ID=146).


If you would like to find out more about this exciting employment opportunity with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, an employer of choice, visit the City’s website www.kalbould.wa.gov.au or contact Eric Plet, Manager Leisure and Community Development on (08) 9021 9678


For inquiries about CollectionsCare, please contact the Collections Council on (08) 8207 7280 or projects@collectionscouncil.com.au.


Applications must be received by 30 November 2009.


14) Heritage Practitioner, GHD, Hobart

Heritage Practitioner – Hobart


GHD is one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental multidisciplinary consulting firms. Established in 1928, GHD employs more than 6000 people across five continents. GHD serves clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. www.ghd.com


GHD's heritage team plays a strong role in the delivery of integrated projects, and has produced heritage impact assessments, significance assessments, local histories and conservation management plans for various state agencies, local government and private clients.


An opportunity currently exists for a Heritage Practitioner with skills and experience in cultural heritage management to join our Hobart team. We are looking for someone with the appropriate tertiary or higher qualifications in a related discipline. Experience in private consultancy would be desirable, but not essential.


Working both individually and as part of a team, applicants should have experience in the fields of historical research, heritage assessment, conservation planning and impact assessment. We require a practitioner with high level oral and written communication skills, and well developed report writing skills. An understanding of relevant National, State and local heritage legislation and management provisions is required.


If you are a proactive, results-driven individual, with a strong work ethic and would like to develop your career in a well-established organisation, then we would welcome your application.


For more information contact Diane Chisholm, People Manager on (03) 6210 0697. To apply please submit your resume, cover letter and a statement demonstrating your skills/knowledge/experience to www.ghd.com.au/careers, by Friday 4 December 2009.

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