Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 853


  1. [NEW ITEM] Vale Prof. Arch. Eng. Marco Dezzi Bardeschi
  2. [NEW ITEM] GA 2020 – EOI Invited for Sydney-based Official Side Events
  3. [NEW ITEM] Open House Hobart – Cascade Female Factory Design Competition
  4. [NEW ITEM] “The Cultural History of Australian Rivers: Living Landscapes of the Past” workshop, 12 November, Macquarie University Campus (North Ryde)
  5. [NEW ITEM] First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis – free download
  6. [NEW ITEM] Heritage Skills Initiative – Sector Analysis survey
  7. [NEW ITEM] National Church Architecture Symposium 2019, 6-8 February 2019, ACU’s Melbourne Campus
  8. [NEW ITEM] What We Have Heard Report now available on draft (SA) State Planning Policies
  9. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House
  10. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – What’s On
  11. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin








1. [NEW ITEM] Vale Prof. Arch. Eng. Marco Dezzi Bardeschi

Our ICOMOS Italy colleagues have advised us with deep sorrow about the passing of Prof. Arch. Eng. Marco Dezzi Bardeschi on 4 November 2018. He was the ICOMOS Italy Committee President twice, consecutively from 2002 to 2007.

The world of restoration has lost a leading professional and intellectual figure, a vivacious protagonist of the international debate, both theoretical and scientific.

Australia ICOMOS offers its deepest condolences to Prof. Bardeschi’s family, friends and colleagues.


2. [NEW ITEM] GA 2020 – EOI Invited for Sydney-based Official Side Events

Expressions of interest are invited for the hosting of Sydney-based official ‘side events’ to be held between 1 and 11 October 2020 as part of the Twentieth Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS, which will be held in Sydney (GA 2020).

(Separate Expressions of Interest will be invited for GA2020 events that are not based from Sydney, in March 2019).

There will be opportunities to present official GA 2020 side events immediately before (1 – 5 October) and after (10 – 11 October) the core General Assembly and Scientific Symposium – including the period when official ICOMOS meetings are in progress. There may also be capacity for a small number of side events, such as early-morning tours or lunchtime discussions, during the core General Assembly and Scientific Symposium period.

‘Official’ side events will be included in the GA 2020 program and registration process and scheduled to have regard to the timing of other GA 2020 events. Such events might include:

• Site visits

• Functions

• Excursions

• Workshops and facilitated discussions

The theme of GA 2020 is ‘shared cultures – shared heritage – shared responsibility’ and official side events should reflect this theme.

Expressions of interest are encouraged from Australia ICOMOS members, and both government and non-government organisations who would be prepared to offer a GA2020 side event, on the basis that the GA2020 organisation will arrange bookings, and any necessary transport, and the host will provide venues and program content, including any necessary staffing, support materials or catering.

Expressions of interest should include the following information:

  • name and contact details of the proposed host (person / people / group / organisation)
  • background, size, experience and capability of the organisation
  • name and nature of the proposed event, including an indicative program
  • 50 word ‘promotional paragraph’ for the proposed event
  • timing and duration; (eg. all day, morning; whether event can be repeated, if there is demand)
  • proposed event venue and transport requirements
  • participant numbers, including any requirements, restrictions, limits or opportunities
  • proposed catering arrangements
  • support or funding requirements (if any)
  • how and why the proposed side event aligns with the GA 2020 theme

Expressions of interest should be of no more than 4 pages in length and should be sent by 5pm, Friday 30 November 2018 to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email.

The EOIs received will be evaluated by the GA2020 Executive Committee, having regard to the GA2020 program content and schedule, as well as the proposed host, resource implications and potential to align with the GA 2020 theme.


3. [NEW ITEM] Open House Hobart – Cascade Female Factory Design Competition

The Findlay Project (Tasmania’s women in architecture group) along with the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) invite you to celebrate the work of the Stage B entrants of the Cascades Female Factory History and Interpretation Centre design competition.

In 2017, PAHSMA ran a competition for the design of a new Cascades Female Factory History and Interpretation Centre, attracting architectural practices from around the world.

For more information, visit this link.


4. [NEW ITEM] “The Cultural History of Australian Rivers: Living Landscapes of the Past” workshop, 12 November, Macquarie University Campus (North Ryde)

You are invited to a workshop and brainstorming session for the project “The Cultural History of Australian Rivers: Living Landscapes of the Past”, which has been generously funded by the Ancient Cultures Research Centre, Macquarie University. This will be a pre-inaugural event of a new Research Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environments (CACHE) that is starting in 2019.

The idea behind the workshop is to build capacity and create a potential working group tasked with increasing the use of archaeological, historical and anthropological narratives and perspectives in the infrastructure, development and management of riverine and cultural landscapes in NSW and beyond.

In particular, the aim of the working group will be to revise how cultural issues are being used in the discussions and agendas of government and industry and in new infrastructure development projects.

The focus of the workshop is necessarily broad so that we can get an idea of the projects different organisations and individuals are currently working on, and how we can create a working group that will foster data sharing and the exchange of ideas. To this end, we would like to invite each participant to give a short 5-10-minute informal presentation on their current projects and how these fit within the broad theme of the cultural history of Australian rivers. Following these informal presentations, we will be breaking out into smaller focus groups in order to brainstorm potential areas of collaboration.

Our aim is to ultimately invite industry, governmental partners and stakeholders to collaborate on ARC funding applications (such as Linkage). This proposed project will be focused on developing a methodological approach to the study of human interactions with cultural riverine landscapes and their environmental and climatic changes throughout the human past.

Everyone is welcome but please remember to RSVP (see details below) so that we have lunch and parking permits for everyone!

Download the Cultural History of Rivers_Invitation_information.


  • Workshop will take place from 10:30am-3:30pm on 12 November 2018 at Macquarie University Campus (North Ryde area) in the INCUBATOR building
  • Lunch and morning tea will be provided
  • Please RSVP your attendance to Natalie Mylonas by email along with your dietary requirements by Friday 9 November 2018
  • Please also let us know if you require a parking ticket for the Macquarie Campus (they are $40 otherwise for the day)


5. [NEW ITEM] First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis – free download

When disasters strike, local communities are the first to try and safeguard their cultural heritage, however their ability to intervene is often greatly reduced during complex and multi-faceted humanitarian crises. At the same time, first responders may not always be aware of what is culturally important, and they often lack the training to handle heritage objects and structures, and meet the specific needs of those who bear traditional knowledge.

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis is a two-part publication created for the various actors involved in an emergency. It provides a practical method and a set of ready-to-use tools for securing endangered cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. The user-friendly workflows help readers to plan and implement coordinated cultural rescue and risk reduction operations that involve local communities, heritage custodians, emergency responders and humanitarians.

Click on the link below for more information and to access the downloads.

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (handbook & toolkit), ICCROM & Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, 2018


6. [NEW ITEM] Heritage Skills Initiative – Sector Analysis survey

The Heritage Skills Initiative project (ISSI) is asking tradespeople, heritage professionals and artisans with experience in advanced and traditional skills to undertake a short survey. The purpose of the survey is to create a data driven baseline of the sector which will be used to map progress and focus future goals. Survey questions are designed to gather opinions around educational needs, level of “risk” for individual trades, ideas for professional development and to create a map of engagement at a national scale. This is an excellent opportunity to represent your trade, express your opinions and help focus the project for the future. Please follow the link below to complete the survey, which should take around 10 minutes.

Click here to access the survey.


7. [NEW ITEM] National Church Architecture Symposium 2019, 6-8 February 2019, ACU’s Melbourne Campus

Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also
ACU’s Melbourne Campus
6 – 8 February 2019

The National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board (NLAAB) and Australian Catholic University (ACU) Centre for Liturgy invite you to an upcoming symposium, with the theme Where Your Treasure is, There Will Your Heart Be Also: A Symposium on Catholic Liturgical Heritage – Architecture, Art, Artefacts.

This symposium is for all those who care about the places of Catholic worship, including clergy, parishioners, architects, artists, teachers, liturgists, designers, theology and architecture students, academics and anyone with an interest in architecture, art, artefacts and heritage. It will provide you with an opportunity to consider the history, heritage value, liturgical suitability and merit of Australian Church architecture and art.

For more information, visit the symposium website.


8. [NEW ITEM] What We Have Heard Report now available on draft (SA) State Planning Policies

Consultation on the draft State Planning Policies closed on 21 September 2018 and the What We Have Heard Report is now available from the SA Planning Portal.

This report provides a summary of our engagement approach and the key themes identified by respondents during the consultation phase.

The State Planning Commission will shortly prepare an engagement report for the Minister for Planning that encapsulates the What We Have Heard Report and recommends final changes to the State Planning Policies – the Commission’s final recommendations will be made publicly available on the SA Planning Portal early next year.

We would be grateful if you would please complete our evaluation survey to let us know your thoughts on our engagement approach. This survey closes at midnight on Sunday 11 November 2018.


9. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House

To read the latest newsletter from the Old Parliament House, click on the link below.


10. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – What’s On

Click on the link below for upcoming events at the Johnston Collection.


11. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin

To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin, click on the following link.




Supporting Local History Groups seminar, 15 November, Melbourne

Leading local government arts and heritage staff share their experiences supporting community history groups, including setting up networks and providing training and assistance. This seminar will be particularly relevant to council and shire staff.

Speakers for this seminar include:

  • Emma Busowsky Cox, Curator (City History and Collections), Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Gabby Haynes, Community Heritage Officer, Creative Communities, Yarra Ranges
  • Simone Nolan, Gallery Director, Wangaratta Art Gallery
  • Kitty Owens, Exhibition Services Manager, Museums Australia (Victoria)
  • Sally Robins, Local History Co-ordinator, Mornington Peninsula Shire

Date: Thursday 15 November
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton
Cost: $40

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Rothwell Lodge open house, 18 November 2018, Glebe (NSW)

Rothwell Lodge, Glebe Open House
18 November 2018

Similar to the villas of Darlinghurst that once graced the Potts Point escarpment, a few villas from the first half of the 19th century remain in Glebe Point. One such villa is Rothwell Lodge in Ferry Road. Over 90 acres of Glebe Point were developed in the 1830s by George Allen into the Toxteth Estate, with John Verge engaged to design a fine house for him. The remaining land on the point was owned by other speculators such as William Dumaresq and A. B. Spark.

For more information and to book, visit this link.


Heritage South Australia – Last Friday Forum, Wednesday 21 November: Sustainability and Adaptive Reuse talk and drinks

Please join us for the last Friday Forum for 2018 on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 4.30pm in the Level 8 Kitchen Area, 81-95 Waymouth Street, Adelaide on Sustainability and Adaptive Reuse.

At this Forum you will have the opportunity to hear from:

Jennifer Faddy, recipient of the 2018 DEW Sustainability and Adaptive Reuse Fellowship at the Architecture Museum, University of South Australia

Jennifer has a background in architecture, heritage conservation and project management for the construction of civic projects and for adaptive reuse projects on heritage sites, in the public and private sector. Her project management achievements include the delivery of complex public domain projects for the City of Sydney, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and National Parks, requiring coordination across all levels of Government. Jennifer also has extensive experience in providing heritage conservation advice for a range of government agencies and in the private sector. She is a Green Star Accredited consultant with the Green Building Council of Australia, a member of the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability, and is particularly interested in promoting efficient retrofitting of existing buildings as a means of achieving sustainability objectives.

Jennifer’s talk will cover the findings of her 2018 Fellowship on Carbon Credit Schemes and State Heritage Places, including:

  • A brief summary of the climate change impacts and the implications of the Paris Agreement
  • An explanation of why the Paris Agreement requires radical change in the rate of renewal and upgrade of existing building stock world-wide
  • A review of Australia’s response to the Paris Agreement and proposed actions, including endorsement of Carbon Trading
  • An introduction to the concepts and mechanics of Carbon Trading to offset carbon produced with carbon sequestered
  • A review of how heritage conservation could be part of the international effort to avoid global warming by reducing carbon
  • The benefits of recognising embodied energy in existing places, using Life Cycle Assessment, and current incentives for minimising waste and achieving net zero are discussed
  • Options for the potential for heritage conservation to be recognised in the new carbon economy, and specifically in Carbon Trading, are analysed, with future actions recommended
  • Recent case studies are identified


Gillian Armstrong, PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide

Gill is passionate about evidenced-based decisions in sustainable design and public policy. She is a registered architect in the United Kingdom whose portfolio includes transformation of Manchester’s obsolete urban heritage, such as Manchester’s iconic Free Trade Hall and warehouse conversions to residential. Gill is also a committed educator and was instrumental in setting up a new degree in architecture in the UK, as a senior lecturer. Gill is currently in the final stages of her PhD, at Adelaide University, combining her passion for adaptive reuse and evidence-based understanding. Her thesis critically examines enablers and inhibitors of adaptive reuse at a city-wide scale, using Adelaide CBD as its focus. The research has attracted national and local media attention, as it raises important questions about the sustainability of adaptive reuse of obsolete buildings as an engine for creative enterprise and economic regeneration in South Australia.

Gill’s talk will cover her PhD research on the adaptive reuse predicament: critical insights into barriers and enablers of reusing obsolete buildings:

Mitigating obsolescence, through adapting and reusing existing buildings, has emerged as a key strategy for: preservation of heritage buildings, generating urban renewal; stimulating economic development; and for achieving built environment environmental targets such as carbon emission reduction and waste reduction. The problem of empty or abandoned buildings affects cities globally and office vacancy rates have become an explicit political issue in Australian CBDs, particularly in how regulation affects adaptive reuse take-up. Public discourse and some published research studies cite the technical performance standards within Australia’s National Construction Code (NCC) as a key barrier to adaptive reuse. Yet, there is surprisingly little robust evidence to support this claim. Whilst agendas to reduce regulation are loud, politicised and persistent, attempts to lower or reduce building regulation standards for existing vacant buildings create tensions and dangers.

This research provides a new critical perspective on claims that building regulation is a key barrier to adaptive reuse, in the absence of available robust evidence. Whilst this study examines the case for non-listed multi-storey office buildings (tomorrow’s heritage), it offers valuable insights into heritage-listed buildings and the perceived wisdoms preventing adaptive reuse. This research contributes to adaptive reuse policy development and architectural practice.


As places are limited, please book early via this link.

NOTE: $5 door charge


Port Arthur Talk, 22 November 2018

Goat, gunpowder, emu and ink; some of the secrets of Port Arthur’s Collections revealed
Presented by Michael Smith and Dr Jody Steele

The Port Arthur Collection consists of material that has a demonstrated association with the Port Arthur Historic Site. It contains a wide variety of items related to the convict period, the Carnarvon/Port Arthur township and convictism in Tasmania, especially on the Tasman Peninsula. Amongst the material in the collection is 19th and 20th century furniture and decorative arts, artwork, firearms, convict items, ephemera, documents and original photographs extending from the penal settlement to the present. We’d like to show you some of our more recent discoveries, research and oddities from within the walls of the Collection store.

Michael has been a Conservation Project Officer for the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) since 2008, and is responsible for the day-to-day curation of PAHSMA’s collection holdings while working with the Heritage Programs team on exhibition design and logistics in his “spare” time. Over the preceding two decades, prior to coming to the Peninsula, he undertook the conservation of industrial and technology projects at Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Jody is the Heritage Programs Manager at PAHSMA. She returned here in 2010 to manage interpretation, collections and the education program after a decade working in built heritage, archaeology, museums and interpretation.

When: Thursday 22 November 2018 at 5.00pm

Where: Junior Medical Officer’s House Conference Room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site

For more information on the talk call (03) 6251 2324.

Download the Goat, gunpowder, emu and ink talk flyer.


History, Heritage and Housing Forum with a screening of ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’, 29 November, Sydney

The History, Heritage and Housing forum at Redfern Town Hall on 29 November at 6.00-9.00pm will bring together contemporary issues and those of the past. Join our panel of experts as they present a range of perspectives and disentangle the web of issues relating to heritage, development, conservation, sustainability and liveability.

For more information and to book visit this link.


Z ward Archaeological Excavation and Workshop, 4-8 March 2019, South Australia

Z ward Archaeological Excavation and Workshop
Glenside, South Australia
4-8 March 2019

Presented by Stefanie Blackmore and Erin Finnegan of Environmental Resource Management (ERM).

This 3-day workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to be involved in an urban archaeological excavation at one of South Australia’s most iconic state heritage-listed sites, Z ward for the Criminally Insane at Glenside Hospital.

This practical, hands-on workshop will introduce participants to some of the issues encountered when undertaking excavation work at heritage-listed properties and will acquaint you with the key methods employed in archaeological heritage management.

The workshop focuses on the process of heritage resource management, from project inception and basic archaeological assessment, to a true ‘field experience’ with site test trenching led by professional archaeologists. The aim is to teach participants to think strategically about project design, project implementation and project management.

Course Cost: $1900 per person (includes lunch, refreshments, and learning materials)

Further information is available at this link.

For bookings email Mitch.

NOTE: even though the lead time for this workshop seems long, it is expected to book out this year.




QLD National Trust 2018 Heritage Conference, 16-18 November 2018 – full program now available

16-18 November 2018

Welcome to a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a super-sized series of ‘Trust Talks’ over three days of conference. The National Trust’s “Protect, Conserve, Celebrate” Heritage Conference will present an array of sessions and hot topics featuring a who’s who of heritage experts. Join us In Ipswich on 16-18 November 2018 and be informed, challenged and inspired!

We have re-introduced the best elements of previous National Trust annual conferences and are humbled to be joined by some of the industry’s most respected practitioners and advisors. Our conference will present panel sessions, mini-presentations, interviews and keynote speakers who will explore the three elements of our mission (protect, conserve and celebrate) and discuss how they are relevant to Queensland’s heritage places.

The full conference program including all the talk and session abstracts plus speaker bios is available at the conference website.


21st Assembly and International Symposium of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, “Heritage as a Builder of Peace”, 1-3 March 2019 – call for abstracts: deadline 30 November

The Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco and its International Institute Life Beyond Tourism are pleased to invite you to the 2019 International Symposium “Heritage as a Builder of Peace”, to be held during the 21st General Assembly of the Foundation’s Life Beyond Tourism Movement, in Florence in March 2019.

The Life Beyond Tourism Movement got its take off with the past General Assembly (March 2018). The 2019 edition “HERITAGE as a BUILDER of PEACE” Symposium marks the following milestones:

  • The dissemination of the Foundation’s “Life Beyond Tourism Movement” into and out of the Foundation’s network, to actively contribute to see the World Heritage Sites as a great opportunity for letting people meet and promoting, thus, dialogue among cultures for the growth of the international Community in Peaceful Coexistence: “At Heritage Sites – which work for peace – heritage acquires a soul, protecting and enhancing itself and educating visitors, residents and all the actors of the travelling chain to protect all the heritage and planet Earth”.
  • The promotion of the Local Cultural Expressions – as artisans, local typical products makers, etc. – with the knowledge of their territory – as a great opportunity to make closer relations between visitors and local communities: an opportunity of starting a relationship of collaboration between these people on the way towards mutual understanding.
  • Exchange and debate on a platform between the International Community of academics and practitioners in environment, heritage and travel with the representatives of the local cultural expressions and intangibilities.
  • The launch of an appeal “Building Peace through Heritage” for a new way to look at Heritage Sites as a training ground for dialogue among various cultures.

More information about the Call for Abstracts is available at this link. Abstract submission deadline is 30 November 2018.




Experimenting With Archaeology – UWA Summer School, January 2019

The University of Western Australia is running its Summer School course in archaeology for the second year. It involves a one-week intensive course from 14-18 Jan 2019 and online lectures and assessments.

The course is called Experimenting With Archaeology and anyone may enrol – it is intended to update undergraduates and professionals alike on archaeological techniques and methods relevant to looking after heritage.

The major assessment is submission of a heritage management plan for a chosen site in the Swan River catchment. The cost for the full assessed course is $805.

Check out full details at this link.


Heritage Conservation of the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grants – EOIs close 8 November 2018

Grants of up to $40,000 are available for projects that seek to conserve places entered on the Queensland Government’s Heritage Register.

Activities funded under the grant program may include urgent repair works, roofing, stumping, painting, point work and other similar repair works.

Grants of up to $15,000 are also available for the preparation of new, or review of existing, Conservation Management Plans.

Funding will be provided to individual owners of heritage-listed places and not-for-profit organisations that are responsible for managing the places.

A two-phased application and assessment process consisting of an Expression of Interest (EOI) stage followed by an Application stage will be used for this round of Heritage Conservation funding.

EOIs close 4:00pm on 8 November 2018.

More information about the grant program, including program guidelines and the EOI form can be found on the Queensland Government website.

For more information, email the Grants Team.


Online course: ‘Public Life of in-between Elements in Historic Buildings’, starting 11 November

Dr Anuradha Chatterjee is delivering an 8-week online course titled ‘Chaukhat, Darwaza, Jharokha: Public Life of in-between Elements in Historic Buildings’ through ACEDGE, an online education provider in India. The course link is here. The course cost is 1800 Indian Rupees. More information is available at this link.

The course emerges from her interest in the urban agency of architectural surfaces and thresholds, which she has explored in “Vital Surfaces and the Making of Architecture,” in Surfaces: Transformations of Body, Materials and Earth, edited by Mike Anusas and Cris Simonetti. London; New York: Routledge (forthcoming in April 2019 – more information here), and her interest in historic buildings/fabric in India.

In this course, participants will become able to generate new meanings and insights regarding threshold elements in historic buildings. They will think closely about the ways in which these highly articulated and decorative elements do more than decorate: they articulate a connection between the private and the public, as well as position the exterior to the public life in/of the city. The course expects that participants are not reliant on textual sources alone, and that they will undertake original contextual study of at least one building where threshold elements as well as the building are examined and understood in their urban context.

The course does not follow a delivery-only mode. In addition to the presentation via Zoom and interaction via Facebook and the Learning Portal, participants will be expected to initiate and undertake field-based study. The course is non-hierarchical in that it can be undertaken by anyone who is interested in developing their capacity as an architectural theorist of historic environments but also anyone who is interested in continuing professional development as an academic and researcher. Even though the course is titled ‘Chaukhat, Darwaza, Jharokha’, it is not limited to participants in South Asia: it is open to anyone who has access to historic environment/fabric/building and is willing to engage with the building in the city.

A completion certificate will be provided. Copyright of the content produced by the participant remains with the participant. Enrolments are open now. The course commences on 11 November 2018. If you have questions, please email Dr Anuradha Chatterjeeat or email the course facilitator, Ms Sonam Ambe.


The Copland Foundation grants and scholarships – closing date 15 November

The Copland Foundation funds projects throughout Australia that fall under the umbrella of Alex Copland’s interests, namely:

  • The study, management, conservation, acquisition, and interpretation of collections
  • The study, management, conservation, acquisition and interpretation of relevant historic architecture
  • The provision of education programs, whether for staff of such museums, institutions, societies, organisations or for the general public
  • The purchase of art works and/or other artefacts, to be identified on public display by the purchaser as a gift from the Copland Foundation

The Copland Foundation Attingham Scholarships

Each year, The Copland Foundation also provides scholarships for attendance at study programmes offered by the UK Attingham Trust that explore historic residences, their collections and landscapes.

Applications for grants and the scholarships close on 15 November 2018.

Details and application forms are available on the Copland Foundation website.


Heritage Reporting Survey – invitation to participate: deadline 16 November

Have you ever wondered how Australian heritage is reported in the annual reports of those organisations taking charge of them? Do you believe a monetary value should be placed on the heritage items/place? Getting an answer to these sort of questions is the aim of this survey.

This survey is carried out as part of a PhD study aims at investigating the relationships between stakeholder information needs and heritage information disclosed by the Australian government bodies in their annual reports.

This survey is targeted at all groups of stakeholders in Australian heritage. Whether you are a heritage consultant, a director of an organisation taking charge of any Australian heritage item/place, a resident staying in the vicinity of a heritage site or a visitor to a local museum, your views are equally important in shaping the future of heritage reporting! The survey provides an opportunity for various stakeholder groups to share their views on how information related to heritage is to be disclosed in the annual reports of Australian government bodies.

The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete and your response would be recorded anonymously. Please take the survey by clicking on this link below (copy and paste this URL if link doesn’t work:

The survey will be opened until 16 November 2018.

If you have any question prior to completing the survey, please email Peir or call (02) 6933 4481 for clarification.


Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize – nominations open & close 30 November

About the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize

This prize is awarded every second year to a city that is a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), and that has distinguished itself by its achievement toward the conservation, enhancement or management of property on the World Heritage List.

The Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize was created in honour of the Founding President of the OWHC, an international organization whose seat is in Québec, Canada. Mayor of Québec from 1989 to 2005, Mr Jean-Paul L’Allier demonstrated through his initiative that he cared for the cultural and heritage development of his city. A strong leader, he helped bring together all the world heritage cities with the creation of the OWHC.

The cities that wish to submit their candidacies have until 30 November 2018 to do so. The name of the winning city will be officially revealed on 2 June 2019, at the opening ceremony of the 15th World Congress of the OWHC, in Krakow, Poland.

>>Submit a candidacy and other information


2019 Western Australian Heritage Awards: nominations close 7 December 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Western Australian Heritage Awards.

The awards showcase excellence in revitalising heritage places, setting standards for interpretation, conservation and adaptive reuse.

Nominate your heritage champions by 4pm, Friday 7 December 2018.

More information here.


Change Over Time journal, Spring 2020 issue – call for abstracts: deadline – 4 January 2019

The journal Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, invites abstract submissions for the Spring 2020 issue.

9.2 SOUNDING HERITAGE | Guest Editor: Pamela Jordan

Material heritage is not constrained merely to what we see – what we hear conveys a broad range of information essential to shaping and recalling a sense of place. Sounds can enhance or dominate emplaced experience and be used to test, analyze, and sensorially reconstruct heritage. Yet the many roles played by sound remain largely unexamined in conservation practice. This issue seeks to draw together the various dimensions and neglected possibilities of sound in heritage towards their greater consideration in theory and practice.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 4 January 2019.

For more detailed information, see the COT Sounding Heritage CFA_FINAL.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Consultant, Context, Melbourne

Context is excited to offer a dynamic and experienced heritage consultant an opportunity to contribute to our growing business. This is a full-time position based Melbourne. We are prepared to consider applicants who are seeking part-time opportunities.

About Context

Context is part of the vibrant and progressive GML Heritage consultancy group with offices in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne (Context). We collaborate with clients and communities to deliver heritage services of enduring value. Our motivated multidisciplinary team has expertise in built heritage, urban and heritage planning, cultural landscapes, industrial heritage, historical archaeology, Aboriginal archaeology, cultural heritage management, history, collections, community values, consultation, and interpretation. We have an outstanding portfolio of challenging and exciting projects and you will work alongside experienced practitioners in an engaged and supportive environment.

The Position

In this position you will provide high level heritage advice across a range of heritage services, including provision of statutory and strategic heritage advice, heritage assessments, conservation management plans, heritage impact assessments and other heritage related services.

For detailed information about this opportunity, visit this link.

If you are keen to join the Context team, send a covering letter, addressing the requirements of the position description, and stating why you feel this role would be a good fit for you, along with your CV to Annabel Neylon via email.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Senior Policy Officer, Heritage Tourism, Heritage South Australia

Senior Policy Officer, Heritage Tourism
Heritage South Australia

2-year contract, ASO7
Applications close: 21/11/2018 5:00 PM

The Senior Policy Officer – Heritage Tourism will be responsible for the coordination and development of a Heritage Tourism Strategy and Implementation Plan for South Australia. A key part of the role will be the ability to develop strong partnerships with stakeholders (including National Trust and South Australian Tourism Commission) and to manage the Heritage Tourism project for South Australia. The role will also be responsible for coordinating a high-level Steering Committee, convening focus groups, accessing and analysing tourism data and providing high level tourism policy, reporting and communications.

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Experience in leading and undertaking policy analysis and development
  • Experience in researching and analysing data and trends, socio-economic, legal and policy information, identifying critical issues and translating this into strategy, advice and performance measures
  • Experience in defining strategic objectives and operational goals and working with others to achieve these
  • A sound knowledge of tourism, visitor economy and the role of Government in strategy formation

For more information and to apply, visit the iworkforSA website.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Officer-Major Projects, NSW Department of Planning & Environment

Position vacant at the Heritage Division of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Want to work across NSW on some of the State’s most iconic sites and places using your heritage ‘toolkit’? Then come and work with the dynamic Major Projects team where you will collaborate on a diverse range of projects/programs to achieve positive heritage outcomes for NSW heritage.

Job Title: Senior Heritage Officer-Major Projects (2 roles)
Job Grade / Classification: Environment Officer Class 10
Employment Type: Temporary, Full-time (3 years)
Location: Parramatta
Applications Close: 11.59 pm, Monday 12 November 2018

Primary purpose of the role

The Senior Heritage Officer-Major Projects undertakes the assessment of development applications for major projects and provides expert heritage advice on complex conservation documents that manage the delivery of best practice in heritage conservation. The role contributes to the delivery of the Heritage Division’s vision of Celebrating, Sharing and Connecting our stories, our history and places in NSW.

Essential requirements

  • Tertiary qualifications or sound experience in heritage or relevant field
  • Broad experience in the field of heritage, particularly as it relates to heritage management and conservation and knowledge of government and public administration, legislative processes and protocol

To view the full job advertisement / role description and to apply please visit this link.

Should you require further information about the role please contact Sarah Jane Brazil (02) 9895 6510; if you have any queries regarding the recruitment process please contact Sharon Sorensen (02) 8275 1853.


SITUATION VACANT Principal Heritage Officer, QLD Department of Environment and Science

The department’s Heritage Branch is responsible for leading and developing Heritage policy under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992. The Heritage Branch is a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled professionals including architects, heritage conservation specialists, archaeologists and historians. This policy role is within the Development Assessment and Archaeology team and is responsible for assessing development impacts on heritage places. In particular it develops policy in relation to the ongoing conservation and adaptive reuse of these places. The role requires some travel in Queensland to undertake fieldwork and assessment of the cultural heritage significance of places.

For more information about this opportunity, visit this link.

Applications close 15 November 2018.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Architect, URBIS, Sydney

Heritage Architect

· Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of industry experts & leaders

· Deliver projects across a diverse range of projects & client

· Be truly influential in strategically advising clients

Urbis is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm offering services in heritage, planning, design, property, social policy, economics and research. With over 600 staff nationally and internationally and 190 in the Sydney office, our people provide the research, analysis and advice upon which major social, commercial and environmental decisions are made.

Urbis heritage is led by a senior leadership team of heritage industry experts and is currently in a period of substantial growth. This is an exciting opportunity for future career progression in a collaborative team environment.

Urbis provides excellence in cultural heritage conservation with strategic advice at the highest level. Our experienced team is highly regarded for our critical expertise in every aspect of cultural heritage conservation, including heritage studies, conservation management plans, heritage impact statements, interpretation, archival recording, heritage architecture, conservation supervision and expert witness representation.

Currently, an opportunity has arisen in our Sydney office for a suitably qualified and experienced heritage architect with a professional work history of 5 + years in heritage advisory consulting.

As a key member of the team, you will be involved in working across a diverse and challenging range of projects, providing documentation including drawings and reports and strategic advice to our clients.

For more information, download the Architect – Heritage URBIS October 2018 position description.

Applications close: Friday 9 November 2018.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Manager, RPS Group, Melbourne

Job Description

Are you ready for the next step in your career? RPS is looking to appoint a Heritage Manager who will play a key role in contributing to and identifying opportunities for the Heritage team to grow and expand their capabilities.

The Heritage Manager will also contribute to the Melbourne Heritage team by providing high quality technical and client management skills. As well as, working closely with the General Manager and Heritage Discipline Leader to provide operational support and functional reporting in order to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the Melbourne heritage team

This exciting opportunity will allow you to take that next step in your career whilst still directly contributing to existing and future projects throughout Melbourne.

For more information about this opportunity, click here.

Download the RPS Group_Heritage Manager, VIC position description.


SITUATION VACANT Architect, Purcell, Melbourne

Purcell is an award-winning architectural and heritage consultancy practice with a strong commitment to quality. We have staff of approximately 250 talented architects, designers, heritage consultants and surveyors across 18 offices in the UK, HK and Australia. Together, we work on some of the finest buildings from meticulous heritage and conservation schemes to bold contemporary design, we create thoughtful architecture that enhances its context.

Our Melbourne team is looking for a full time Architect to join the Practice. This is an excellent opportunity to join a talented team, work on exciting projects and help the studio move from strength to strength. The Melbourne Studio has a wide range of projects including places of regeneration, infrastructure and public buildings.

For more information and to apply, visit the Purcell website.




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