Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 452

  1. Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) Conference 2010 – reminder
  2. Cultural Identity and National Heritage in Tunisia – CHCAP/CCG Seminar, Deakin University
  3. Talk at Museum of Sydney this Saturday
  4. Sustainable Heritage Seminar, November 2010
  5. Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places
  6. Peeling back the layers, Interpretation Australia National Symposium, 10-12 November 2010
  7. International Cultural Tourism Committee meeting and AGM report available online
  8. News from World Monuments Fund
  9. SMARTDoc heritage symposium updates
  10. 15th Workshop – Congress on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies – call for video
  11. SITUATIONS VACANT Senior Archaeologists, Godden Mackay Logan


1. Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) Conference 2010 – reminder

You can still register for the 2010 AIMA Conference, Perceptions and Misconceptions of Maritime Heritage: accuracy and impact in the public domain.

The 2010 Conference will be held on 17 and 18 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Yarra River next to the historic ship Polly Woodside, in Victoria. The conference will open on the evening of 16 September, and be followed by tours and courses on Sunday 19 September.

This year’s conference theme reflects the wide range of people interested in maritime heritage and shipwrecks in Victoria, and acknowledges that there is a variety of interests, expectations, understandings and misunderstanding that often exist between groups. The theme aims to attract a wide range of sessions and speakers including heritage managers, consultants, artefact conservators, museum staff, asset managers, developers, shipwreck enthusiasts and academic researchers. For more information and to register, visit the conference website.

Student and concession rates are available – students, unwaged persons and pensioners must provide a copy of valid ID. You must be a financial member of AIMA for 2010/2011 to be eligible for reduced member rates.

Non-AIMA Members will notice that it is cheaper to join AIMA and register as a member than to register as a non-member. AIMA membership is $45 for Ordinary members and $35 for Student members. Membership entitles you to receive 4 newsletters, 1 AIMA Bulletin per year and any Special Publications. We are expecting that the Special Publication on the City of Launceston will be launched around Conference time.

For your convenience, here is an AIMA Membership Form 2010_2011


2. Cultural Identity and National Heritage in Tunisia – CHCAP/CCG Seminar, Deakin University

Deakin University’s Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) and Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG) invite you to attend the following seminar

Cultural Identity and National Heritage in Tunisia
Prof. Taher Ghalia
University of Tunisia & Director, National Bardo Museum Tunis, Tunisia
Visiting Fellow, Deakin University

Tuesday 7 September 2010
Time: 12pm – 1 pm
Venue: C2.05 (Arts-Ed Meeting Room)

Forged by its three thousand years of history, Tunisia is a melting pot of civilizations and cultures as testified by its archaeological remains and collections. Today, this legacy from antiquity is not yet fully recognized and claimed by the majority of Tunisians who assume that there is no continuity between antiquity and the ancient Arab-Islamic culture. This lack of understanding of their origins is the result of a historical process dating back to the period of the French Protectorate (1881-1955) when the question of national identity was acute.

The Tunisian educational curriculum was torn between a commitment to modernism and to Arab Islamic culture with the former as the main tool for integration sought by the authorities of the Protectorate and the latter as a form of resistance. After independence the nationalist political discourse developed by Bourguiba highlighted a Tunisian identity based on the legitimacy of the struggle for independence and stripped of any reference to a rational historical process. Since the 1990s a new political discourse has been established whose main axes are the place of Tunisia within the Mediterranean with reference to its history and its past there and its multiple membership of the Arab-Islamic world.

This new direction is being developed through the ideological discourses in textbooks and through the re-interpretation of archaeological heritage sites and museum collections which are being used to help anchor a Tunisian cultural identity marked by openness, authenticity and tolerance of cultural diversity. The power of this ideology is at the heart of a shift in the cultural identity that characterizes contemporary Tunisian society, based on managing the tension between a modernity based on Western culture and the legacy of the Islamic culture.

Click here to register online.


3. Talk at Museum of Sydney this Saturday

NSW Government Architect Peter Mould will present an illustrated talk focusing on the figurative carvings that adorn many of Sydney’s 19th-century public buildings, including the General Post Office, Chief Secretary’s Building and Sydney Hospital. Heritage architect Joy Singh will lead a walking tour of the buildings for a closer look at these ‘faces in the street’.

In conjunction with History Week 2010 and the Government Architect’s Office.

Museum of Sydney
Saturday 4 September
2.00pm — 3.00pm

Free with museum entry.


4. Sustainable Heritage Seminar, November 2010

The Queensland Heritage Council (QHC), in association with the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Institute for Sustainable Resources, is staging a national workshop in Brisbane focusing on heritage buildings and sustainability. Presenters from both the property industry and government will explore the issues surrounding the ‘greening’ of commercial buildings, particularly heritage buildings.

Topics to be addressed at the workshop include:

  • green trends in commercial buildings
  • the commercial property market in Australia
  • regulation and climate change
  • how heritage buildings can be competitive in a ‘greener’ property market
  • exemplars of adaptive reuse
  • green rating tools and heritage buildings

For further information, download the Sustainable Heritage Seminar flier.


5. Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places

27 September – 1 October at Port Arthur (5 days)

One place left!

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority and the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage & the Arts (IPPHA) are pleased to offer a unique professional development opportunity for one last participant in the above course to replace someone who has had to pull out.

The course will provide an unparalleled opportunity to build advanced skills while getting to know two of Australia’s most outstanding heritage sites (the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites), both now listed as World Heritage as part of the successful Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination accepted this month at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Brazil.

The course will be taught by eminent heritage professionals Dr Michael Pearson and Professor Sharon Sullivan. Port Arthur and Australia National University staff will also assist.

For a review of the first course offered through this collaboration, see the ‘Heritage skills developed at Port Arthur’ article.

For further details email Dr Sandy Blair or go to the IPPHA website.


6. Peeling back the layers, Interpretation Australia National Symposium, 10-12 November 2010

Peeling back the layers in natural and cultural heritage communication

You are invited to join Interpretation Australia for Peeling back the layers. Get to the core of what matters in natural and cultural heritage interpretation at Interpretation Australia’s National Symposium, 10-12 November 2010, Launceston, Tasmania.

Staged on the Apple Isle, they will probe a range of ‘juicy’ topics that promise to reveal exciting and fresh new insights for professionals and new comers alike! Presentations, workshops, field trips and events at top natural and cultural interpretive sites will truly indulge our senses and creative spirit.

The keynote speakers and program presenters will delve into the intricacies of telling difficult stories and present the new and the excellent in interpretation, with techniques to reach audiences of the new decade.

Earlybird registration (to 15 September 2010), provisional program and inspiring range of national and international keynote speakers are available at the conference website. Additional enquiries can be directed to the Conference Design Symposium Secretariat via email.


7. International Cultural Tourism Committee meeting and AGM report available online

Lyn Leader-Elliott, Australia ICOMOS member and member of the International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC), attended the Committee’s recent meeting and AGM. To read her report, click here.


8. News from World Monuments Fund

To read the latest news from the World Monuments Fund, click here.


9. SMARTDoc heritage symposium updates

Heritage Recording and Information Management in the Digital Age
November 19-20, 2010
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA


Innovative posters, illustrating the use of recording, documentation and information systems in preservation of built heritage have been submitted from across the world and portraying a huge variety of tools.

Speakers, list of accepted posters and symposium program has been updated – visit the conference website for further information.


10. 15th Workshop – Congress on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies – call for video

Urban Archaeology of Vienna is conducting a congress in Vienna on 15-17 November 2010.

Theme: In/Visble Towns – Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Urban Areas

Call for Video

Funny and humorous videos (maximal 3 minutes), which show your project, work or something else connected with Archaeology and Cultural Heritage are being invited. They will be shown at the end of the third day (17 November 2010) instead of the panel discussion.

  • Duration: max. 5 minutes
  • Formats: wmv, mpeg, avi, mov
  • Deadline: 15 October 2010

Send your video clip via email (max. 5 MB) or by mail on CD-rom to the address below

If you have further questions, contact:

Museen der Stadt Wien – Stadtarchäologie
Mag. Wolfgang Börner
Obere Augartenstraße 26-28, Zi. 2.11
A – 1020 Wien
Tel.: +43 (0)1 4000 81176
Fax: +43 (0)1 4000 84747
email Wolfgang

For further information, visit the website.


11. SITUATIONS VACANT Senior Archaeologists, Godden Mackay Logan

Leading Australian heritage consultancy Godden Mackay Logan (GML) is seeking to appoint Senior Archaeologists. These are full-time positions based in Sydney.

GML provides high level heritage advice on major development projects and undertakes benchmark projects for private and public sector clients. We offer innovative and responsible heritage consultancy and archaeology services of the highest quality. Our multi-disciplinary in-house consulting team has expertise in historical archaeology, Aboriginal archaeology, built heritage, conservation planning, industrial heritage and interpretation.

GML is seeking to employ one or more Senior Archaeologists with a degree in archaeology and at least five years experience in historical archaeology and/or Aboriginal archaeology. The successful applicants will have demonstrated experience as an excavation director for test excavations, monitoring and open area excavations and skills in managing archaeological fieldwork projects. The successful applicants will also have obtained permits and approvals under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act and/or the NSW Heritage Act, have excellent writing skills, the ability to manage projects, and demonstrated experience preparing archaeological assessments, research designs, archaeological management plans for historical and/or Aboriginal sites, heritage impact statements and other advice reports. Importantly, the successful applicants will be able to work as part of a team, and work within time and budget constraints.

We have an exciting range of projects and offer opportunities for professional development and advancement. We also have a training and development program that encourages all employees to grow their skills and knowledge.

Salary will be negotiable for the right person/people.

Our main office is located in inner Sydney. We also have a small office in Canberra and undertake work across Australia.

Godden Mackay Logan is an AS/NZ ISO 9001:2008 quality certified company.

For a copy of the position description or for more information,  please contact Reece McDougall on (02) 9319 4811.

Please send your application via email.


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