1. Urgent call for heritage specialists to assist with earthquake damage assessment and repairs following Christchurch earthquake
Dear heritage community of Australia,
The earthquake that hit the Canterbury Region, South Island, NZ, on Saturday 4 September (and subsequent aftershocks) has had a severe impact on the historic heritage of the region. Thankfully and amazingly, no human lives have been lost.
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the Christchurch City Council Heritage Team have been working with the Civil Defence Emergency Response Team since early Saturday morning. From the beginning, we have aimed to ensure the provision of heritage advice and assistance to the Civil Defence authorities in relation to the guidelines for Building Safety Evaluation procedures during a declared State of Emergency.
List of heritage specialists who can assist
We will be moving into the reconstruction and recovery phase. For this purpose, I am compiling a list of heritage specialists who may be available to assist with earthquake damage assessment and repairs.
The most needed heritage specialists are conservation architects, structural engineers, craftspeople such as stained glass repairers, stone masons, etc.
The New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) will make this list available to local authorities, insurance companies, owners of heritage buildings, churches, wider public, etc.
If you are potentially available to assist, please email me your contact details including:
- Phone number
- Cell phone number
- Email address
- Website address
- Specialist area (i.e. stone masonry)
Robert McClean (Member, New Zealand Planning Institute)
Senior Heritage Policy Adviser
New Zealand Historic Places Trust
Pouhere Taonga Antrim House
63 Boulcott Street
PO Box 2629
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone 04 472 4341
Phone (DDI) 04 470 8053
Cell 027 684 0833
Further information about the earthquake is available by clicking on the links below:
We are looking for photos from recent events in Sydney for the Australia ICOMOS Annual Report and would be very grateful for any assistance! Would anyone with photos associated with the Australia ICOMOS 152nd Executive Committee meeting or the ICOMOS site visit to the Big Dig archaeological site on Saturday 28 August, or from the Australia ICOMOS drinks and dinner after at the Harbour View Hotel, please get in touch with Helen Wilson via email.
The ACT Heritage Act requires that the operations of the Act be reviewed after five years of operation. That period finished on 9 March 2010, with the Government required to provide the review to the Legislative Assembly within six months.
In March 2010, the Minister for Arts and Heritage released a discussion paper and called for public submissions from interested stakeholders. 39 submissions were received in response to the discussion paper.
Heritage consultant, Mr Duncan Marshall, was engaged to lead the review, to undertake community consultation and to prepare a report. The consultant subsequently held 36 stakeholder meetings and workshops.
Mr Marshall’s report contains 111 recommendations, which build on the framework and achievements of the existing system, and seek to deliver a more strategic and transparent approach to heritage matters.
The ACT Government is currently considering the consultant’s findings and recommendations, and is in the process of preparing its response.
A copy of the report can be found here.
ICOMOS members are cordially invited to an informal slide show and drinks, preceded by tour of Hawthorn Tram depot led by Robert Green, Heritage Victoria’s tram history expert.
When: Thursday 7 October 2010
5.30pm tram depot tour
6.30-7.30 slide show provisional program (10 mins each):
- Vernacular in Norway – Louise Honman
- Cairns heritage – David Wixted
- Kyoto – Robyn Riddett
- UK/Scotland – Ray Osborne
- Bauhaus buildings in Dessau – Ian Wight
- Norwegian wood – Amy Chan
Where: Hawthorn Tram Depot, 8 Wallen Road, Hawthorn
Cost: ICOMOS members-free, accompanying guests $10
RSVP by Friday 1 October to Megan McDougall via email.
Marvellous Malta: Megaliths & Monuments – Marilyn’s Mediterranean Moments
Malta – what do we know about Malta? We know the name but … the islands of Malta sit on the major trade route in the Mediterranean midway between Alexandria and Gibraltar. Over the past 7 millennia Malta was a very important strategic place politically—militarily, so that over time almost every European power held the island. Malta’s heritage displays this story from early Megalith builders, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans – Spain, Sicily, Knights of St John for 300 years, Napoleon, to being a British colony for 150 years. The talk will look at the variety of Malta’s heritage – from the megalith temples, to Valetta the Knights Hospitallers’ capital, and to some Australian connections. General questions are asked about how we make decisions to protect the significance of a heritage place and what we risk in so doing.
Marilyn Truscott is a heritage consultant who formerly worked for various governments in Australia on heritage management. Some decades ago she did her MA Archaeology in Beirut and is therefore familiar with Malta’s Phoenician (Lebanese/Palestinian) connections, and its later roles in the Mediterranean and Levant. Marilyn also partly grew up in Canberra with its large Maltese community. In October 2009 Marilyn participated in the ICOMOS Advisory Committee meeting in Malta.
Members and the public are welcome: Refreshments will be available appropriate to the topic of the talk! This is part of a series of talks organised by Australia ICOMOS-Canberra.
Time & Date: 5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 23 September 2010 – the talk will start at 5.30
Venue: Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue side)
RSVP: To Marilyn Truscott
Celebrate Historic Houses Trust’s (HHT) 30th birthday with half-price entry on Saturday 25 September to the following HHT museums: Elizabeth Bay House, Elizabeth Farm, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Justice & Police Museum, Meroogal, Museum of Sydney, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Susannah Place Museum and Vaucluse House. Free entry to Government House.
The closing date for nominations for the 2010 Australian Archaeology Awards has now been extended one week, to Sunday 19 September 2010.
For further information on the awards, click here.
Click here to read the latest news from Heritage South Australia. News items include:
- Submission period on Eastwood Lodge has now been extended until 8 December 2010
Fashion, Ritual, Furniture & Textiles: The Phenomenon of the State Bed
14-15 October 2010
This conference would be of interest to anyone with an interest in or responsibility for historic furnishings.
View the The State Bed Conference Program, Hopetoun, October 2010 and The State Bed Conference, Booking Form, October 2010 for further information.
The Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering is looking for possible candidates for joint applications to the call below, directed to postdoctoral researchers from the European Union residing outside Europe for the last three years. The Institute gathers about 25 PhD members and over 60 PhD students, with a proven record of internationalization, contracted research, cooperation with industry and international leadership in selected fields. ISISE is organized in three Research Groups, related to Historical and masonry, Steel and mixed, and Concrete construction technologies.
Eligible candidates should contact the Head of ISISE, Prof. Paulo B. Lourenço via email, by 30 October 2010.
WELCOME II – Promoting the return of researchers to the European Research Area
The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology) will soon launch the WELCOME II Programme, allowing Post-doc researchers of any Member State/Associated Country nationality living and carrying out research for the past 3 years in Third Countries (such as USA, Japan or China) to join institutions in Portugal, by signing 3-year employment contracts with their host institution.
EU Member States
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
FP7 Associated Countries
Croatia, Rep. Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Applications should be submitted jointly by the host institution and the individual researcher. All fields are eligible and research topics can be freely decided upon. Applications are assessed by independent peer reviewers.
Call launch: 1 October 2010
Deadline: 12 December 2010
For further Information, click here.
To view the September 2010 news from ICCROM, click here.
Click here to view the latest bulletin of Deakin University’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation.
13. SITUATIONS VACANT Senior Heritage Officers, Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
The Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (formerly the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts) has two positions available at the ASPS6 level in the Historic Heritage Branch. The work area is dynamic and busy, undertaking a range of activities associated with the assessment and management of historic heritage places for the World, National and Commonwealth Heritage lists. Key tasks include:
- Heritage significance assessments
- Technical heritage advice to Commonwealth agencies and other stakeholders
- Referral, management planning and heritage strategy advice under the EPBC Act
For further information, including a job description and contacts, click here.
Opportunity to Lead New Train-themed Visitor Attraction in NSW
Package to $145,000
A CEO is being sought to position the Rail Heritage complex in Thirlmere NSW, revitalised by a multi-million dollar redevelopment now nearing completion.
This requires an experienced, dynamic CEO to develop and lead a new company and management team, and to maintain effective and productive relationships with NSW Rail Transport Museum, a voluntary organisation which has been active on the site for 40 years, and is the ongoing heritage train operator.
The successful candidate will have CEO/senior management experience in a cultural or tourism visitor attraction, or a similar operating environment, and will demonstrate strategic vision, strong commercial acumen and negotiating and advocacy skills.
For further information and details of application procedure contact Megan McCormack at Positive Solutions on (07) 3891 3872 or via email.
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