1. Australia ICOMOS Contact Point – ICOMOS General Assembly, Paris 28 November-2 December 2011: Looking for a volunteer!
For past General Assemblies (GA), attending Australian members have benefited immensely from the efforts of an Australian co-ordinator and contact point. The role of this person has been primarily to collect names and contacts for those planning on attending and to act as a point of contact and communication exchange in Paris for our various attempts to get our Australian contingent together. The latter involves gatherings for strategic discussions in relation to voting, resolutions etc, and the arrangement of an Australian dinner. We usually include our New Zealand colleagues in these invitations, and my limited experience is that there is a growing number who appear eager to nominate themselves as honorary Australians for the night of the dinner! We are looking for a volunteer who is planning on attending the Paris GA and would like to take on this co-ordinating role. There will of course be others on the ground to assist with arrangements and the dissemination of information.
If you are interested in taking on this role or have any queries could you please send me an email or ring on 0409 344 598 by 7 May 2011.
There are many benefits to joining ICOMOS – not only the fantastic people you will meet but membership of Australia ICOMOS brings discounts at ICOMOS functions, at many conferences in Australia and internationally and on ICOMOS publications. The E-mail News provides a weekly bulletin board of information and events in Australia and overseas, including state based events, conferences and site visits, as well as information on heritage publications, funding and grant opportunities, course details and job offers. Members also receive a number of issues annually of the Australia ICOMOS refereed journal Historic Environment. Applications for members to join the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee (EC) are encouraged from all states and territories. For Young Professional and Full Members, the International ICOMOS card gives free or reduced rate entry to many historic and cultural sites.
Australia ICOMOS welcomes new members and would like to encourage students and young cultural heritage graduates to apply for membership. There are various membership categories and applications can be to be made to the Secretariat.
For further information and to download a membership form, go to the Membership page of the Australia ICOMOS website.
Membership applications are only considered at meetings of the Executive Committee – in order for your application to be considered at the May 2011 Executive Committee meeting, please submit it to the Secretariat by COB Friday 6 May 2011.
If further information is required email the Membership Secretary, Natica Schmeder.
Australia’s archives, galleries, libraries, museums and heritage places are gearing up for the national MayDay campaign in a bid to protect the nation’s heritage from avoidable disasters. The campaign – beginning 1 May 2011 – is organised by Blue Shield Australia.
Dr Jonathan Sweet, chair of Blue Shield Australia, said: “We are urging all people involved in cultural organisations to think disaster-preparedness during the month of May. People can get involved by taking at least one step to prepare for disaster response.”
“Bushfires and floods have been devastating for Australian communities but recent events in Japan are a reminder that disasters may have regional or global consequences. The tragic losses of life and cultural property emphasise the importance of disaster preparedness. Not enough of Australia’s cultural organisations have up-to-date disaster plans that will help to prevent the devastating loss of significant cultural property—putting at risk the things that embody the memories and values that help make up community identities.”
“MayDay is a campaign designed to encourage people to get to know their local fire-fighters and police in a bid to get pointers on safety and preparedness, to take time out to eliminate hazards such as blocked fire exits, improper storage of paints and solvents, or to update a neglected disaster plan.”
Dr Jonathan Sweet can be contacted on 0400 920 790
What is the Blue Shield?
The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the symbol specified in the 1954 Hague Convention for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict. It is also the name of an international committee set up in 1996 to work to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters.
Blue Shield Committees around the globe comprise four international cultural heritage ‘pillar’ bodies:
- International Council on Archives (ICA)
- International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
- International Council of Museums (ICOM)
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
In Australia, these pillar bodies are represented respectively as follows: Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA); Australia ICOMOS; ICOM Australia; Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
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Notes for editors:
- The MayDay concept originated with the Society of American Archivists in 2006.
- Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of Red Cross, and works to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters.
Would you like to play a leading role in expanding the range of benefits Australia ICOMOS members receive? For example, free or reduced admission to historic sites and museums, discounts in their bookshops and for conferences? In Europe, holders of an ICOMOS membership card are often granted free admission to cultural institutions, but in Australia this is generally only the case for members of organisations such as ICOM.
The Executive Committee is looking for Expressions of Interest from members who would like to act as a Membership Benefits Coordinator for 12 months. This person would work with the Membership Secretary, primarily to approach a short-list of private and state cultural institutions and request that similar benefits as, for example, ICOM members receive, be extended to ICOMOS members. All other suggestions for membership benefits to pursue would be welcome. The Coordinator will be provided with assistance to find suitable contact people in the target institutions. There is no travel required for this position.
This is a great opportunity to make membership of Australia ICOMOS more valuable for everyone, and would also be a way to become acquainted with some of the workings of the Executive Committee.
Interested full members (including retired members) should submit a brief EOI (no more than a page) by Friday 6 May, to Membership Secretary Natica Schmeder.
To view the April 2011 issue of Inherit, click here.
To view the April 2011 news from ICCROM, click here.
La Sabranenque, created in 1969, is a non-profit association is southern France that works with volunteers on projects for the preservation, restoration and revitalisation of villages and rural sites. The goal of La Sabranenque is not only to preserve, restore and rebuild historic sites, but also to revitalise traditional building techniques.
To download the April 2011 issue of Heritage Tasmania’s E-newsletter, click here.
Heritage Minister John Castrilli has launched Western Australia’s State Cultural Heritage Policy – the first heritage policy formally adopted by the Western Australian Government.
The policy highlights the importance that the State Government places on the recognition and conservation of our heritage for present and future generations.
The first initiative under the policy is the review of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990.
To find out more about the State Cultural Heritage Policy or the review of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990, go to the Heritage Council of WA website.
Written submissions on the ‘Review of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 Consultation Paper’ close on 10 June 2011.
SHATIS’11 – International conference on structural health assessment of timber structures
16-17 June 2011
The papers to be presented at the conference include contributions from numerous Institutions and Companies from 26 countries, promising a very interesting meeting, with informative and productive discussions.
The conference preliminary program, list of papers, registration form and additional information can be found on the conference website.
In this month’s Smithsonian Magazine (May 2011 issue), Global Heritage Fund’s $5 million investment to save Mirador, a nearly one million acre Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve in Peten, Guatemala, is the cover feature article.
Written by Chip Brown with amazing photos and illustrations, this is one of the best articles on Global Heritage Fund’s work published to date.
Click here to view the full story.
The Stadtarchäologie Wien (Urban Archaeology of Vienna) is organising the 16th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, to be held at the City Hall of Vienna, Austria from 14-16 November 2011.
The main topic of this Conference is “Urban Archaeology and Prospection”.
- Section 1: Prospection, Survey and Data Integration
- Section 2: Urban Archaeology – Streets, Roads and Squares
- Begin of the submission – CALL for Papers, Posters, Videos: 21 February 2011
- End of the submission – CALL for Papers, Posters: 6 June 2011 (The abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee)
- Notification to speakers: 27 June 2011
- Payment for speakers: (latest) 2 September 2011
- End of submission – CALL for Videos: 14 October 2011
For the program and other information please visit the conference website.
13. SITUATION VACANT Rio Tinto Coal Australia invites EOIs for consulting Technical Advisors (Aboriginal Cultural Heritage)
Rio Tinto Coal Australia (RTCA) Pty Ltd, on behalf of Coal & Allied Pty Ltd and in consultation with the Coal & Allied Upper Hunter Valley Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Working Group, invites expressions of interest from qualified and experienced cultural heritage management practitioners as consulting Technical Advisors. RTCA engages consulting Technical Advisors on a project contract basis to assist with the conduct and reporting of Aboriginal cultural heritage investigations, management programs and the development of cultural heritage management plans for Coal & Allied’s coal mining operations and development project areas located in the Upper Hunter Valley, NSW.
For further information see the Rio Tinto Technical Advisors EOI advertisement.
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