Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 453

  1. Peeling back the layers, Interpretation Australia National Symposium, 10-12 November 2010 – early bird registration available
  2. Heritage Strategies International webinars – three sessions to go
  3. International Scientific Committee on Mural (Wall) Paintings – call for members
  4. ‘Documentation Needs Assessment in the field of Conservation’ survey
  5. Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places
  6. SITUATIONS VACANT Heritage Officers (two roles, part-time), Woollahra Municipal Council
  7. SITUATION WANTED Visiting wood and paintings restorer looking for work


1. Peeling back the layers, Interpretation Australia National Symposium, 10-12 November 2010 – early bird registration available

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.

Early bird registration closes Wednesday 15th September.

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! Peeling back the layers offers a dynamic and varied program. 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.

  • Catherine McCarthy, USA, storyteller specialising in location-based interpretive technology.
  • Angelina Russo examines the value of social media in interpretive practice through the keystones of participation, publication and partnership.
  • Lycia Trouton explores monumentality and the intimate art of memory and story-telling.
  • Jody Steele looks at the layers of technique in communicating archaeology to the public.
  • Dillon Kombumerri, architect, brings insight into how cultural protocol, when working with Indigenous communities, can fundamentally shape design outcomes.
  • Peter Grant uses Tasmania’s iconic Overland Track to examine how interpreters can reach the deepest layers within themselves to be true to their subject.
  • Jane James explores how interpretation as a strategic priority can lead to stunning visitor experiences that are good for the visitor and good for business.

Field trips and off-site social venues have each been chosen to extend our experience of place and theme.

More information, early bird registration (to 15 September 2010) and provisional program are available at the conference website.


2. Heritage Strategies International webinars – three sessions to go

Heritage Strategies International is offering a 5-part webinar series on the economics of heritage conservation. Led by economic development consultant Donovan Rypkema, the series will focus on the contributions of heritage resources in local economic development and urban revitalization. These sessions will provide valuable and practical information for planners, conservation advocates, managers of heritage sites, municipal officials, developers and anyone working within a historic urban area. Sessions may be taken individually or as a group. The following sessions are taking place in the near future:

Session 3 – Incentives for Heritage Conservation
September 16, 2010 10:00am ESDT / 3:00pm GMT

Session 4 – Heritage Conservation and Public-Private Partnerships
October 14, 2010 10:00am EST / 3:00pm GMT

Session 5 – Emerging approaches in documenting benefits of heritage conservation
November 18, 2010 10:00am EST / 3:00pm GMT

For further information and to register, click here.


3. International Scientific Committee on Mural (Wall) Paintings – call for members

ISCMP is the ICOMOS International Mural (Wall) Painting Committee, an ICOMOS International Scientific Committee focussing on the identification, protection and conservation of mural (wall) paintings. ISCMP is currently seeking to broaden its membership in accordance with the Eger-Xi’an principles, and is currently inviting applications for new Expert/Associate Membership from persons able to demonstrate expertise and experience in any field associated with the identification, protection and conservation of mural paintings. Australia currently does not have any expert members on this ISC.

If you are interested, please provide a CV and supporting letter outlining your area of expertise and interest in mural paintings and related work. Applications should be forwarded to the ISC co-ordinator Anita Krivickas via email by 17 September 2010. Further information regarding this ISC is available on this page of the Australia ICOMOS website.

In accordance with Australia ICOMOS policy, nominations will be considered for endorsement by the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee, and forwarded to ISCMP for their consideration.


4. ‘ Documentation Needs Assessment in the field of Conservation’ survey

Dear Colleagues,

In order to improve our future courses we are conducting a needs assessment within the field of conservation – specifically documentation. This needs assessment concerns the ARIS (Architectural Records, Inventories and Information Systems for Conservation) courses held between 2003 and 2009. We are conducting this assessment to determine the needs of conservation professionals to gauge their interest in continuing with such courses.

Your responses will greatly assist us in designing future courses and focusing our efforts more effectively. We thank you in advance.

Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey, all responses will remain anonymous. Click here to complete the survey.


Joe King, Unit Director, Sites Unit, ICCROM
Susan Macdonald, Head Field Projects, the Getty Conservation Institute
Rand Eppich and Ana Almagro Vidal, ARIS course coordinators

If you would like further information about this survey please email Rand Eppich.

Rand Eppich
Senior Project Manager
Field Projects Group
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive #700
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310-440-6287 tel
310-440-7712 fax


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. SITUATIONS VACANT Heritage Officers (two roles, part-time), Woollahra Municipal Council

Heritage Officers x 2 – Part Time 21 hours per week
Pos No: PSHT

Are you an enthusiastic and experienced heritage officer looking to join a small heritage team? Do you want to assist in caring for our environmental heritage which has a local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance. Woollahra has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation and inter-war buildings, precincts, settings and  streetscapes.

Your primary roles are to provide advice on heritage-related development applications and heritage matters in general and to promote heritage conservation. Assistance with the preparation of heritage conservation policy from time to time also forms part of the job.

For further information, download the Heritage Officers x 2 – Part Time 21 hours per week information pack.


7. SITUATION WANTED Visiting wood and paintings restorer looking for work

Chiara Ghelardini is an Italian restorer (wood and paintings) and has a five year bachelor degree in restoration and conservation of fine arts and four years of work experience (in ancient palace building-sites and in a restoration workshop).

She will arrive in Melbourne in three weeks time and will be in Australia for seven months with a working holiday visa. She is looking for work during this time.

For her CV and contact details, click on the link below.


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