Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 457

  1. Earthquake recovery – donate now and help restore Canterbury’s former glories
  2. Salt Attack & Rising Damp seminar, Brisbane, October 2010
  3. 16th Engineering Heritage Australia Conference, November 2011
  4. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 28th Annual Conference, Brisbane, 2011
  5. The Use and Abuse of Oral Histories event
  6. International Secretariat e-news, n° 60, 4 October 2010
  7. GCI Bulletin – available online
  8. News from ICCROM
  9. SITUATION VACANT Director Operations, Heritage Victoria
  10. SITUATIONS VACANT Senior Management Staff, NSW Rail Heritage Centre


1. Earthquake recovery – donate now and help restore Canterbury’s former glories

There’s profound relief that there was no loss of life in the earthquake, but the 7.1 earthquake and its aftershocks seriously affected heritage buildings. The loss of those already demolished, and the potential for more loss, has deeply affected the community.

Donations to assist in the restoration of Canterbury’s heritage places can be made to The New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

For further information and to donate, click here.


2. Salt Attack & Rising Damp seminar, Brisbane, October 2010


SALT ATTACK AND RISING DAMP SEMINAR – Responding to damp and salts in historic buildings

Presented by David Young OAM, author of Salt Attack and Rising Damp
With permission from NSW Heritage, Heritage Victoria, South Australia Department of Environment and Heritage and Adelaide City Council.

The programme will include:

  • Understanding the causes of salt attack and rising damp
  • Investigation and diagnosis
  • Approaching treatment in stages
  • Why maintenance may be all that is required
  • Inserting damp proof courses
  • Improving on common practice

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements on the Registration form_Salt attack and rising damp seminar.

When: Friday 29 October 2010
Where: Webber House within the St John’s Cathedral Complex, 373 Ann Street, Brisbane
Parking: No on-site parking available, but there are public car parking stations nearby
Time: 9.00am registration, 9.15am start, finish 5.00pm
Cost: $198 including GST for AICOMOS members, $220 including GST for non-members

Please note that payment is required on registration.

RSVP deadline: Registrations must be received by 4pm, 22 October 2010 in order to confirm that the seminar will proceed.

Registrations: email the registration form to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat or fax to (03) 9251 7158.

Enquiries: email Ruth Woods or call Ruth on (07) 3255 9203.

Registration includes a copy of the book Salt Attack and Rising Damp, authored by David Young

There are a maximum of 25 places and a minimum of 18. If the minimum is not reached, the seminar will be cancelled. Please note that registrations will not be processed until the minimum number of attendees is reached. Confirmation that the seminar will proceed (or otherwise) will be emailed to all registrants by COB 22 October 2010.

Reservation and Payment Policy
Your place will be reserved and confirmed on receipt of a completed registration form. Once the minimum numbers have been reached, your payment will be processed and a receipt/tax invoice will be emailed to you or available for collection on the day.

Cancellation Policy
Once your registration payment is processed, there will be no refunds available if you cancel or don’t attend, but substitute nominees may attend in your place.


3. 16th Engineering Heritage Australia Conference, November 2011

16th Engineering Heritage Australia Conference
Wrest Point Conference Centre
13-16 November 2011, Hobart, Tasmania

Hosted by Engineers Australia, this conference is the next in the series of biennial Australia and New Zealand engineering heritage conferences,  the last being in Dunedin in New Zealand in November 2009, when a preview of the Hobart conference was presented.

The Conference Organising Committee is now inviting preliminary expressions of interest to participate, as registrants, as keynote speakers, as authors of papers or poster presentations, or to join the pre-conference tour.

For further information, see the 16th Engineering Heritage Australia conference flier.


4. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 28th Annual Conference, Brisbane, 2011

28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
6-9 July 2011

Abstracts Due: 19 November 2010

Since 1985 the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand has fostered a vital and broad discussion of architecture amongst its membership – making of itself an audience for architectural history. The work of the Society has obvious significance beyond this constituency yet how is this greater audience shaped or constituted, and in what terms? And how has audience and notions of reception framed architecture as something historically situated, something positioned in its past?

The 28th Annual SAHANZ Conference in Brisbane, 2011, takes ‘Audience’ as its broad theme, inviting papers that reflect on architectural history and its critical points of address. Who are the audiences of architectural history? To whom are books, articles, and exhibitions of architectural history addressed? Does architecture have an audience simply by occupying a place in the world? What are the implications of having professional, disciplinary or popular audiences for architectural history alongside each other? Can historians of architecture cultivate new audiences for historical and contemporary architecture? And how are various social and cultural publics formed or anticipated through the writing of architectural history?

We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the relationship between architectural history and its audience, inviting reflection upon works of architecture, ideas about architecture, the architect, architectural processes and the role of the historian and critic.

The conference will consist of open sessions and themed sessions as listed below.

Australian and New Zealand audiences for modern architecture
The presence of modern architecture in Australia and New Zealand required the cultivation of local audiences for modern ideas, posing questions of how those audiences were fostered and maintained. Were local audiences for modern architecture concurrent with their counterparts in Europe, America or elsewhere? If not, what was the effect of this? And how does this play out for a historical understanding of modern influences formed in localised settings? The session invites papers addressing these questions as well as broader reflection on how architectural historiography deals with the idea of modernity and the audiences it presupposes.

Adaptive re-use as Architectural history
The adaptive re-use of historic buildings comprises a particular kind of applied and embodied architectural history, one with the potential to dramatically change or expand the audience of a given building. This session seeks diverse perspectives on the adaptive re-use of buildings, from practicing architects, heritage professionals, and scholars. In what ways do re-use and adaptation serve to re-construct, or deconstruct, the history of a given building? What is the role or significance of interpretation in re-used buildings? What is the historiographic significance of adaptive re-use? Through case studies or discussion of broader issues, this session proposes a discussion of adaptive re-use as architectural history.

Urban Architecture
The session will focus on the subject of urban architecture – a loosely defined area located between the traditional fields of architecture, urban design and planning. With the experiences of the high urbanism of the 1970s and 80s and more recent developments such as landscape urbanism in mind, it seems an architecture set within an expanded field of action is neither new, nor without relevance to a contemporary audience. This session seeks papers that address questions surrounding architecture that is particular to urban settings and audiences: its history and theory; its practice; its role in education and its place in the future.

Landscapes of performance and invention for the critical audience
Landscapes constructed with an architectural character in mind engage various audiences – be they makers, observers or users of these spaces. In the development of gardens over time, garden makers are often motivated by the intent to collect, to educate and to philosophise – marking out territories or landscapes that are both tangible and intangible. How are these constructed landscapes performed by their users and how also might we account for the audiences presupposed by such constructions critically and or historically? In what ways do such constructed landscapes intersect with architectural precedent (such as the museum or gallery) and where does the capacity for invention lie? What innovations grow out of these crossings and what conventions (interior versus exterior) are questioned?

Consumption and Production in the Indigenous Architectures of the Pacific Rim
The notion of audience draws attention to the complex relationship between the production and the consumption of architecture and the cultural politics of architectural authority. Who defines the value and meaning of different forms of architecture, and on what basis is that right appropriated and executed? The issue of cultural authority is especially pertinent to the built traditions of indigenous peoples, a practice that is commonly defined as vernacular. Who determines the value—‘architectural’ or otherwise—of these buildings? How have these traditions been viewed, both historically and aesthetically, by the disciplines (architecture, anthropology, ethnology, art history etc) that would characterise them? Who defines what becomes ‘architecture’ in the related areas of design practice, production, consumption and research, and on what grounds?

The role of the media in the cultivation of audiences for architecture
The media has played a significant role in the cultivation of audiences for architecture. These audiences have ranged from specific groups within the architectural profession to the broad general public. The relationship the media has had with these audiences is a complex one and depends on the type of media, its constructed role, and the place it occupies within the cultural arena. This session seeks papers that explore the role of the media – professional, popular, cross-disciplinary, or other – in the cultivation of audiences for architecture.

Nineteenth-Century Architecture and its audiences
The architecture of nineteenth-century settler communities is conventionally framed within a colonial, national, and more recently, a post-colonial context. Although widely appreciated as an extension or reflection of the original society and its institutions, the realities of nineteenth century settlements and colonies tend to confound those neater images. The colony of Queensland, for instance, positioned at the ‘ragged edge of empire’ (Evans, 2007), was also characterized by ethnic heterogeneity, racial conflict and social and sectarian complexity. This session invites papers that consider the role of architecture in addressing complexities of this nature. Did architecture participate in broader agendas of cultural representation, racial, and social division and/or reform? How was the discourse of culture framed within these communities and where did architecture, and more broadly the arts, sit within these debates? How were ‘cultured communities’ encouraged within the colonies? And what groups were cultural discourses intended to address? This session welcomes papers considering the broader implications of this theme as well as case studies that treat these issues in detail.

Japanese architectural culture post-war
This session examines post-war tendencies in Japanese architectural culture and their promulgation within Japan as well as their reception and critical construction internationally. The arc of the session aims at an examination of the processes spanning from post-war reconstruction to economic stability and inter-relationships at various levels between Japanese vernacular traditions and post-war modernism, engagements with global architectural culture, its uptake in Japan, and the dissemination of Japanese post-war tendencies and models beyond Japan, including Australia and New Zealand. Papers will consider historical developments within Japan alongside the representation of Japanese architecture within and beyond Japan itself.

Designing the Archive: Histories and practices
The recent launch of the Design Lounge and the Asia Pacific Design Library at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, aligns with an emerging interest amongst libraries, galleries, archives and museums to collect the tangible and intangible histories of architecture and design This session invites papers that critically examine the history of the architecture of the design archive and its relationship to changing practices in collection management and information dissemination (or vice-versa). Papers that consider the role of the archive in building historical understandings of architecture and the role of public audiences (lay, professional or academic) in canon construction are also encouraged. Papers may consider the broader implications of the session theme or focus on specific case studies.

Abstract submission
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted via the Conference Paper Management website, using this link.

You will need to create a Login ID and a password to allow secure uploading of your abstract. Abstracts and accepted papers will be double blind refereed and published in the conference proceedings.

Conference Timetable

Abstract submission: 19 November 2010
Notification of acceptance: 6 December 2010
Full Papers: 18 March 2011
Referee Reports: 29 April 2011
Final Papers: 27 May 2011
Conference: 6-9 July 2011

Convenors: Antony Moulis and Deborah van der Plaat


5. The Use and Abuse of Oral Histories event

A professional update on the issues and challenges in creating and using oral histories at heritage places and museums. The event is hosted jointly by the National Library of Australia and the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts.

For further information and to enrol, click on the links below.


6. International Secretariat e-news, n° 60, 4 October 2010

Click here to read the latest news from ICOMOS International.


7. GCI Bulletin – available online

To view the October 2010 issue of the GCI bulletin, click here.


8. News from ICCROM

To view the October 2010 news from ICCROM, click here.


9. SITUATION VACANT Director Operations, Heritage Victoria

Director Operations, Heritage Victoria

  • $90,789 – $121,495
  • Full time / Fixed term: 12 months

Heritage Victoria, Department of Planning and Community Development, has responsibility for administration of the Heritage Act 1995, which enables the identification and protection of a wide range of cultural heritage places and objects in Victoria (excluding those covered by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006). It advises private owners, local and State government, industry and the general community on heritage matters. Heritage Victoria’s aim is to make heritage identification, protection and management accessible and easily understood. Heritage Victoria employs a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated heritage professionals. Heritage Victoria supports the Heritage Council of Victoria, an independent statutory authority, and administers the Heritage Act 1995.

Do you have a well developed knowledge and understanding of the provisions of the Heritage Act 1995 and knowledge of the Planning and Environment Act 1987? Are your policy development skills at an exceptional level? If so, this may be the role for you…

As Director Operations, you will manage Heritage Victoria’s statutory operations and act as the Executive Director’s delegate in the exercising of his statutory responsibilities under the Heritage Act 1995. You will provide leadership to staff in Heritage Victoria’s Assessments, Permits, Maritime Archaeology and Information Services teams and you will also be required to provide strategic advice to the Heritage Council of Victoria and represent Heritage Victoria at a high level within and outside Government.

Applications including a statement addressing the key selection criteria outlined in the Position Description (WORD document) are to be submitted online.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 17 October 2010

The Department is an employer of choice that values diversity and ensures inclusion.

For further information contact Jim Gard’ner, Executive Director, Heritage Victoria on (03) 8644 8952.


10. SITUATIONS VACANT Senior Management Staff, NSW Rail Heritage Centre

Senior Management for Train-themed Visitor attraction in NSW

Several key management team members are sought to support the CEO of the Rail Heritage complex in Thirlmere NSW, revitalised by a multi-million dollar redevelopment now nearing completion. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the growth of an exciting cultural facility at a critical point in its development.

Finance & Corporate Services Manager: Responsible for financial planning, administration and reporting, and for oversight of contracts and management of business relationships

Commercial Manager: Responsible for supervision of all commercial activities, oversight of catering and retail functions, and cultivation of hires and events-based activity

Marketing & Development Manager: Development and implementation of the marketing plan and brand strategy, and securing and servicing of sponsorship and patronage, in conjunction with the CEO and Commercial Manager

Public Programs & Events Manager: Exhibitions planning and management, interpretative activities and programs, and programming of talks, education activities, special events

Volunteer Coordinator: Recruitment, induction, motivation and coordination of volunteers to support a wide range of customer-service and other functions on-site

For further information and details of the application procedure, click here or contact Megan McCormack at Positive Solutions on (07) 3891-3872 or via email.


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