Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 854


  1. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS AGM and related news
  2. [NEW ITEM] SAVE THE DATE: International Day on Monuments and Sites | 18 April 2019 | Jim Kerr Address
  3. [NEW ITEM] Photogrammetry for Archaeological Consulting Workshop, 24 November, Sydney
  4. [NEW ITEM] AACAI 2018 conference, NSW, 25 November
  5. [NEW ITEM] Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Tuesday 27 November
  6. [NEW ITEM] Robertson & Hindmarsh Architects talk (plus AGM), 30 November, Sydney
  7. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Australia (Victoria) EOI for Public Art Expert Advisory Committee
  8. [NEW ITEM] National Policy on Indigenous Places Survey – invitation to participate
  9. [NEW ITEM] 2019 Australian Heritage Festival
  10. [NEW ITEM] News from The Best in Heritage
  11. [NEW ITEM] Architectural finishes training course, WA, February 2019










1. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS AGM and related news

The Australia ICOMOS Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 9 November, in the stately surroundings of the Hope and Anchor Tavern, Hobart, which is claimed to be the oldest pub in Australia. 

Anne McConnell, Tasmanian State Representative on the Executive Committee, arranged the AGM venue in addition to leading organisation of the weekend’s two symposia. Great thanks to Anne and her assistants for a marvelous series of Australia ICOMOS events.

There were 36 members in attendance at the AGM – with local members joined by members in town for the symposia – and 31 apologies were received. Members of the Executive Committee provided summaries of accounts in the 2017/18 Annual Report (download from here), and the following additional items of particular interest were presented:    

EC elections

Two members of the Executive Committee (EC), Mary Knaggs (NSW) and Elizabeth Little (SA), stepped down at the AGM. 

In serving her full 6-year term, Mary has filled numerous roles – most recently as an excellent Vice President, and acted as a strong advocate for Australia ICOMOS and its causes, and she has taken the lead in numerous key programs including driving the Australian Heritage Quality Framework and the creation of our new Fabric Conservation Reference Group. Liz has done a fine job as both the SA State Representative and conference coordinator. We look forward to their continued involvement in Australia ICOMOS activities, and perhaps another stint on the EC before too long.

In addition to Mary and Liz stepping down, five further members of the EC were up for re-election (required every two years), meaning that 7 places needed to be filled in the lead up to the AGM. Following the call for nominations, we were in the privileged position of having more candidates (10) than places, and so an election was held. Thank you to those members who voted.

The result was that Edwina Jans (ACT), Wayne Johnson (NSW), Richard Mackay (NSW), Michael Queale (SA) and Lisa Sturis (NSW) were re-elected, with Jane Alexander (QLD) and Duncan Marshall (ACT) elected as new members.

Congratulations to our re-elected and new EC members!

Thanks to the candidates who were unsuccessful this time around, and I hope you will consider re-nominating in the future. 

Fiji conference

The recent CULTURE: Conserving it Together conference, held jointly by Australia ICOMOS and ICOMOS Pasifika in Suva, Fiji earlier this month, was a resounding success and will certainly provide additional impetus to ICOMOS Pasifika and to conservation efforts in the region. Convenor Kerime Danis and her co-convenors Mary Knaggs and Anita Smith of Australia ICOMOS and Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua and Elizabeth Edwards of ICOMOS Pasifika did a remarkable job in organising and overseeing the first Australia ICOMOS conference to be held overseas, and we owe them a huge vote of thanks.

President’s Award winners

The Australia ICOMOS President’s Award recognises the important contribution made by the active engagement of early career practitioners in the cultural heritage field. Both the winner of Category 1 (early career professionals such as architects, historians and conservators) Kyra Lomas, Conservation Officer at the National Trust of Western Australia, and the winner of Category 2 (Young and Early Career Tradespeople) Leigh Doherty, Carpentry and Joinery from Colgan, were in attendance at the AGM to receive their awards, as was the founder of the award, past Australia ICOMOS President Liz Vines. We also acknowledge two high commendations awarded in Category 1, to Laura Daenke, Junior Paper Conservator at Artlab, and Michelle Bashta, Associate at Lovell Chen. 

Award of Honorary Membership to Juliet Ramsay 

There was great approbation for the announcement of the award of Honorary Membership of Australia ICOMOS to Juliet Ramsay.

The award is in recognition of Juliet’s outstanding contribution to Australia ICOMOS throughout her career. In particular, the award recognises her achievements in strengthening relationships between ICOMOS Internationally and Australia ICOMOS, in developing rigorous, innovative and influential technical publications and in advocacy for Canberra’s landscape heritage. 

Congratulations Juliet, and very well done!   

Election of Australia ICOMOS Office Bearers 

The morning following the AGM, and before the start of the first of Saturday’s Cultural Landscapes Symposium, the new Executive Committee met to fill the various representative and administrative roles, including electing the Office Bearers for the coming year.

The election results were as follows:

President – Ian Travers (VIC)
Vice President – Helen Lardner (VIC)
Secretary – Michael Queale (SA)
Treasurer – Matthew Whincop (QLD)

Our organisation is very fortunate to have such capable and conscientious individuals as Michael and Matthew continuing in their positions, and Helen’s drive and experience will certainly generate great benefits for Australia ICOMOS as she takes on the Vice President role.

I myself am extremely proud to have been elected President for a third (and final) year, and I look forward with my colleagues on the EC to leading Australia ICOMOS a little further into the very exciting times ahead.

Ian Travers
President Australia ICOMOS


2. [NEW ITEM] SAVE THE DATE: International Day on Monuments and Sites | 18 April 2019 | Jim Kerr Address

The 2019 Jim Kerr Address will be given in the Utzon Room at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 18 April 2019.

The theme of International Day on Monuments and Sites in 2019 is rural cultural landscapes. Speaker to be announced shortly.

The International Day on Monuments and Sites falls on the eve of the Easter public holidays and is a great opportunity for those from outside Sydney to visit, catch up with colleagues and celebrate the day in a World Heritage place.


3. [NEW ITEM] Photogrammetry for Archaeological Consulting Workshop, 24 November, Sydney

Photogrammetry for Archaeological Consulting Workshop
Presented by Andrew Wilkinson
Saturday 24 November 2018, 9am
The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre

This one day workshop is designed as an intensive course to introduce the basics of photogrammetry and how this technique can be applied in archaeological consulting. The workshop will cover the application of photogrammetry in archaeology, how to capture the subject, how to process images, and applications for presenting a final product.

Presented by the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc (AACAI).

For more information, download the AACAI Photogrammetry workshop flyer.

Cost: AACAI members $150, Non‐AACAI members $200

Bookings: via this link


4. [NEW ITEM] AACAI 2018 conference, NSW, 25 November

Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc 2018 Conference
“Innovating cultural heritage management: Envisaging a shared future for our pasts”

Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Rd Little Bay (La Perouse) NSW 2036
25 November 2018

For more information about this event, visit the conference website.


5. [NEW ITEM] Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Tuesday 27 November

The Cultural Heritage Asia Pacific Network at Deakin University, in association with Routledge series editors, Professor Laurajane Smith and Professor William Logan, are pleased to invite you to our final Cultural Heritage seminar of 2018.

Routledge’s Key Issues in Cultural Heritage Books Launch

This is a free event, but bookings are essential via this link. Places are strictly limited, so please book early.

Key issues in cultural heritage are critical to cultural experiences in the 21st century. How are key institutions, agencies and practitioners managing cultural heritage in different parts of the world? What do scholars make of this? What are the challenges facing the heritage field over the next 5-10 years?

Professor Lynn Meskell (Stanford University) will talk about these issues. Please join us as we welcome Professor Meskell, as well as Professor Andrea Witcomb (Alfred Deakin Institute), and the editors of some of the six books launched in 2018:

  • Emotion, Affective Practices and the Past in the Present (editors Laurajane Smith,  Margaret Wetherell & Gary Campbell)
  • Gender and Heritage (editors Vera Grahn & Ross Wilson)
  • Intellectual Property, Cultural Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage (editors Christoph Antons & William Logan)
  • Managing Heritage in Africa (editors Webber Ndoro, Shadreck Chirikure & Jeanette Deacon)
  • Safeguarding Intangible Heritage (editors Natsuko Akagawa & Laurajane Smith)
  • World Heritage and Sustainable Development (editors Peter Bille Larsen & William Logan)

For more information about Routledge series, please visit this link: Key Issues in Cultural Heritage.

Date: Tuesday 27 November 2018 (please note change of usual day)

Time: 4.30pm – 6.15pm (drinks and light refreshments will be provided from 4.30pm)

Venue: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins St, Tower 2, Level 12

Venue Tip: Deakin’s new city centre campus is between Southern Cross Station and Docklands, on tram routes 11 and 48 (Stop D15). Entry is via Tower Two. The reception desk directs you to an escalator to a bank of lifts and Deakin Downtown is on Level 12.

Further enquiries: contact Antonio Gonzalez via email


6. [NEW ITEM] Robertson & Hindmarsh Architects talk (plus AGM), 30 November, Sydney

The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT Inc (in association with The Art Deco and Modernism Society of NSW & ACT Inc) presents:

Scott Robertson on the work of Robertson & Hindmarsh Architects, 1953-1977

Friday 30 November 2018
AIA Tusculum Auditorium, Potts Point
AGM at 6:15 for 6:30 pm Scott Robertson’s Talk at 7.15pm

Scott Robertson is the son of architect Bruce Robertson and grew up living next door to his father’s iconic architecture studio on top of the bluff at Seaforth. Bruce Stewart Robertson was in partnership with Thomas Joseph (“Jack”) Hindmarsh from 1953 until 1977 and the firm, B.S. Robertson & Hindmarsh, designed houses, town houses, garden apartments, high rise apartments and factories. Scott will discuss the work of the firm from 1953 until he joined the firm in 1977.

Cost: C20th / Art Deco & Modernism Society Members: FREE; Non-Members: $25; Non-Member Concession $15 pp

Download the Robertson & Hindmarsh Architects talk flyer for more information and details on how to book – please note: for catering purposes please book by Monday 26 November.


7. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Australia (Victoria) EOI for Public Art Expert Advisory Committee

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (National Trust) is calling for Expressions of Interest from interested experts and professionals for membership of the Public Art Expert Advisory Committee, which advises the National Trust Heritage Committee on advocacy issues. The Heritage Committee, a standing committee of the National Trust Board, guides the Trust’s advocacy work.

Due Date: Friday 21 December 2018
Contact: Jessica Hood, Community Advocate Environmental Heritage, email Jessica, ph: (03) 9656 9823

The Public Art Expert Advisory Committee works to increase the understanding, protection and appreciation of public art in Victoria and supports best practice in its conservation and enhancement. The committee does this through raising awareness of public art values, issues, threats and opportunities and in advocating for the protection and enhancement of public art. The committee also prepares classifications for significant works of public art and assists in the preparation of policies on current public art issues.

Expressions of Interest

EOIs must include a resume detailing qualifications and experience, and a one-page statement detailing the applicant’s proven commitment to public art protection, promotion and/or advocacy.

We are particularly looking for members with Public Art expertise in the following areas:

•             Art conservation
•             Art practice
•             Community engagement
•             Planning
•             Urban Design & Place making
•             Planning and Environmental Law
•             Heritage Architecture
•             Art History

Commitment Required

Expert Advisory Committees meet quarterly and report to the Heritage Committee. Meetings are generally held from 5-7pm at Tasma Terrace in East Melbourne. The 2019 committee meeting schedule will be confirmed in late 2018. National Trust staff may call on committee members for feedback and advice throughout the year. The Heritage Committee would also like to establish a register of experts and professionals who would be willing to contribute on an ad-hoc basis, be available to be called on for specific projects, advice or hearings.



8. [NEW ITEM] National Policy on Indigenous Places Survey – invitation to participate

Over the last ten years, there has been an emerging crisis regarding the preservation of Indigenous heritage places, as revealed by the national State of the Environment (SOE) reporting process, which looked at cultural as well as natural heritage Australia-wide. The 2016 SOE report has described these places as under incremental pressure.

Please take part in an online survey regarding whether the dismantling of Whitlam initiatives, active up until 2004 (eg. the Australian Heritage Commission and its grants program and the Register of the National Estate), has reduced or enhanced the effectiveness of national policy on Indigenous places.

The survey is being carried out by Prof Hilary du Cros as part of a study funded by the Whitlam Institute, within Western Sydney University. It is investigating aspects of the last 45 years of national policy on Indigenous places and will result in a consultation paper and an academic article on national policy on Indigenous places. This survey targets all groups of stakeholders concerned with the management of Australian Indigenous heritage places. The survey provides an opportunity for various stakeholder groups to share their views throughout the nation on how Indigenous heritage places policy can be enhanced.

The survey should only take about 15-20 minutes to complete and your response would be recorded anonymously. Please take the survey by clicking on this link.

The survey will be open until 31 January 2019. 

If you have any questions prior to completing the survey, please email Hilary du Cros.


9. [NEW ITEM] 2019 Australian Heritage Festival

The Australian Heritage Festival is on again from 18 April-19 May 2019, exploring the theme, Connecting People, Places and the Past. The Festival will bring to life all chapters of Australian culture and history, relaying the diverse and distinctive experiences that individually define our communities. In particular, the Festival will focus on the role of storytelling to consider how different communities enjoy, commemorate and celebrate the places most special to them. Heritage organisations and community groups are invited  to participate in the Festival by registering their own event. To find out more visit the Australian Heritage Festival website.


10. [NEW ITEM] News from The Best in Heritage

Click on the link below for the latest news.


11. [NEW ITEM] Architectural finishes training course, WA, February 2019

We invite you to join a practical 5 day workshop to learn professional colour investigation techniques.

Led by Dr Donald Elsmore, you will investigate historic colour schemes at Woodbridge in small teams of four. You will learn a technique to record paint and plaster  samples by resin mounting these samples in a laboratory setting at the University of Western Australia. Information is provided in themed discussions with visual resentations, practical activities and site visits. The foundation research tools of paint sampling and photomicroscopy will be applied by participants at Woodbridge.

For more information, download the Architectural finishes workshop flyer.

Participant fee $800 inc GST; Student Fee $500 inc GST
Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

One 5 day program: 9am, Monday 11 February 2019 to 2pm, Friday 15 February 2019

Woodbridge, Ford St, Woodbridge, WA
University of Western Australia, Crawley

Essential by 11 January 2019 – places are limited to 20 participants – register via this link




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.




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.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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.




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




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Graduate and Heritage Consultants, Trethowan Architecture, Melbourne

Trethowan Architecture has vacancies for both Graduate and Heritage Consultant roles to assist with a large variety of work and projects. Great office environment. Based in Cremorne and close to public transport. Salary commensurate with tertiary education, experience and skills. Email CV to Mark Stephenson or give Mark a call on (03) 9421 5448 for an informal chat or further information.


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.


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 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 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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