Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 871


  1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Scientific Symposium International Co-chair appointed
  2. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Scientific Committee – appointment of Australia ICOMOS members
  3. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 – Call for EOIs for Scientific Symposium Australian Co-Chairs: deadline 19 April
  4. [NEW ITEM] International Day on Monuments & Sites event, Adelaide, Wednesday 17 April
  5. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS VIC Mentoring Program – calling for Victorian Members!
  6. [NEW ITEM] Visiting delegation from China
  7. [NEW ITEM] The Princes Foundation Summer School – bursaries available; deadline for applications 19 April
  8. [NEW ITEM] May Day Disaster Preparedness Workshop, 1 May, Sydney – register by 17 April
  9. [NEW ITEM] Two talks as part of SA History Festival – 30 April & 24 May, Adelaide
  10. [NEW ITEM] Practice Makes Perfect Skilled Artisan Exhibition, 27-28 April, Melbourne
  11. [NEW ITEM] Connecting with Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people and Country walking tour, 9 May, Melbourne
  12. [NEW ITEM] George Proudman Fellowship Winner Announced
  13. [NEW ITEM] Modernism under threat: Petition in Norway
  14. [NEW ITEM] Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums 2019 – 25% discount available to subscribers and members
  15. [NEW ITEM] Keeping It Modern: Getty Foundation Grants 2014-2018 – report available
  16. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House
  17. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICCROM









1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Scientific Symposium International Co-chair appointed

Following an international call for EOI’s, the ICOMOS Board has appointed Dr Ona Vileikis Tamayo as the GA2020 Scientific Symposium International Co-chair. Dr Vileikis is a member of ICOMOS Belgium and Expert Member of CIPA (International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage). She is a research fellow at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Archaeology, where she is engaged in a 5-year research project dedicated to the digitisation of the Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL). She is an editorial assistant at the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (JCHMSD). The GA2020 Executive Committee and GA2020 Scientific Committee congratulate Ona on her appointment and look forward to working with her.


2. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Scientific Committee – appointment of Australia ICOMOS members

Following a call for EOI’s in the e-newsletter for Australian ICOMOS members to join the GA2020 Scientific Committee, two appointments have been made. These are Dr Anita Smith (La Trobe University) and Caitlin Allen (The University of Sydney). Anita and Caitlin will join Associate-Professor Tracy Ireland as members of the GA2020 Scientific Committee, co-chaired by Steve Brown and Ona Vileikis. The process for selecting international members of the committee is currently underway. 


3. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 – Call for EOIs for Scientific Symposium Australian Co-Chairs: deadline 19 April

ICOMOS General Assembly 2020 – Sydney, Australia
Call for Expressions of Interest – Australian Co-Chairs (6 positions)

Expressions of interest are invited for six (6) volunteer positions as Australian Co-Chairs for the Scientific Symposium to be held between 5 and 9 October 2020 as part of the 20th Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS (GA2020) in Sydney, Australia.

The six (6) subject areas for which Australian Co-chairs will be appointed are:

  • SHARED CULTURES: Communities – collaborative, consultative, contested
  • SHARED HERITAGE: Multiple attributes, multiple values, multiple actors
  • SHARED RESPONSIBILITY: Safeguarding places, practices, collections
  • INDIGENOUS HERITAGE: Sharing, exchange, secrecy
  • CULTURE-NATURE JOURNEY: Reaching agreement
  • MINORITY HERITAGES: Shared or shunned?

Within each subject area a range of sessions may be offered covering different issues, in a variety of formats, and of varying lengths. Some sessions will be traditional ‘conference-style’ presentations whereas others may be less formal workshops or facilitated discussions. The Theme/Stream Co-chairs will be responsible for designing a series of coherent and dynamic sessions, as well as incorporating commitments made to project partners, through a wide-ranging consultative process.

Expressions of interest are encouraged from energetic, experienced, and engaged Australia ICOMOS members who have suitable personal attributes, skills, and experience, including: a mix of appropriate practice-based and academic credentials, good connections within the cultural heritage sector, experience in conducting similar events and processes, a combination of creative and critical skills, team leadership, and demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness, ethical conduct and the principles of the Burra Charter, as well as the necessary time and energy.

Role of each Australian Co-chair – position overview:

1.    Work collaboratively with the Australian and International Co-chairs of the GA2020 Scientific Symposium (Steve Brown and Ona Vileikis Tamayo [ICOMOS Belgium] respectively)

2.    Work collaboratively with the corresponding Theme/Stream International Co-chair to organise, develop, and implement symposium sessions

3.    Work collaboratively with the corresponding Theme/Stream International Co-chair to recruit and constitute a working group of up to five members responsible for the review of proposals for sessions, papers, and posters

4.    Recommend to the Australian and International Co-chairs on selection of sessions, papers, and posters; matters relating to timetabling; and development of symposium publications and documents

5.    Develop a scholarly paper for Historic Environment in collaboration with the corresponding Theme/Stream International Co-chair (to be published by August 2020 in advance of the GA2020 Scientific Symposium)

6.    Advise on and contribute to publication processes and outputs following the GA202 Scientific Symposium


The Australian Theme and Stream Co-Chairs will commence as soon as possible and will be expected to work consistently throughout the period from late 2019 into 2021. These positions are voluntary. Successful applicants are required to attend and register for GA2020, as well as cover personal travel and accommodation costs during GA2020.


By email to Steve Brown

Application information

Expressions of interest of no more than three (3) pages to include:

  • nominate the Theme/Stream Co-chair position to which the EOI relates;
  • the reason why the applicant seeks appointment;
  • indicate relevant skills and experience of the applicant in relation to conference organisation and the Theme/Stream topic;
  • indicate commitment to the time available and timeframe required;
  • include a one-page summary CV; and
  • be sent by 5:00pm Friday 19 April 2019 to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email

Depending on the applications received, online interviews may be held and/or additional information may be sought from shortlisted applicants.

Note that a parallel process is being undertaken through the ICOMOS Advisory Committee to recruit six International Co-chairs for each of the Themes and Streams.


4. [NEW ITEM] International Day on Monuments & Sites event, Adelaide, Wednesday 17 April

The 2018 Attingham Summer School – A study of historic houses and gardens in the United Kingdom, Adelaide, 17 April

Please join Heritage South Australia, in partnership with Australia ICOMOS, for South Australia’s International Day on Monuments and Sites event on Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 4.30pm in the Level 8 Kitchen Area, 81-95 Waymouth Street, Adelaide.

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

  • Chris Payne, recipient of the Alex Copland Attingham Scholarship to the 2018 Attingham Summer School in the United Kingdom

Each year, the Attingham Trust in the United Kingdom offers three programs that explore historic residences, their collections and landscapes: the Attingham Summer School for the study of the English country house, Royal Collection Studies and the Attingham Study Program. From time to time, additional courses are offered such as the London House Course.

The Copland Foundation offers a number of valuable scholarships for Australians to attend Attingham Trust courses, including the Alex Copland Attingham Scholarship.

Chris Payne, a Paintings Conservator at Artlab Australia, was the 2018 recipient  of the Alex Copland Attingham Scholarship.

Chris started work as a trainee conservator 50 years ago at the Art Gallery of NSW, specialising in fine art. Over time he became more involved with historic building interiors, including rehabilitating old farmhouses in his spare time, which has given him a good understanding of structural preservation. The 2018 Attingham Summer School involved Chris spending 3 weeks travelling the length of England looking at a wonderful variety of historic buildings. Given there were also lectures most evenings, Chris found this great experience was a little overwhelming.

Please come an join Heritage South Australia and Australia ICOMOS, where we will hear Chris talk about his 2018 Attingham Summer School experience.

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


5. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS VIC Mentoring Program – calling for Victorian Members!

Australia ICOMOS launched its student mentoring program in Victoria in 2012 following an earlier trial in the ACT, and it now runs in New South Wales and Victoria. The program supports members to share their knowledge and networks with students looking toward careers in heritage.

As the program has now run with enthusiastic responses from both mentors and mentees, we are very pleased to be offering it in Victoria for 2019.

When naming their favourite aspect of the program, the majority of previous mentors named the personal contact (we both learned from each other; refreshing to talk to the younger generation; good to know there is actually a pool of interested people; like the opportunity to help a new person into the profession), and almost all felt that they were able to make a valuable contribution to the knowledge and career prospects of their mentee. All respondents enjoyed it so much; they said they would be happy to do it again.

We usually have many more students than mentors apply – this restricts the size of the program, so we are hoping that all ICOMOS members based in Victoria will consider participating this year.

What is required?

While the mentoring arrangements will vary, we ask that mentors meet with their mentees at least 3 times during the program between May and October. These meetings allow discussion about issues involved in heritage practice, and the student’s study and work interests. 

There will be a social event held in early May to introduce mentoring pairs. If you wish to be a mentor or a mentee, it is not essential to attend, although this is an easy way to meet and set up the first meeting, as well as networking with other students and colleagues. 

There will be a brief evaluation questionnaire distributed at the end of the year that we ask all participants to complete and return. 

How do I get involved as a MENTOR? 

If you would like to contribute to this valuable (and enjoyable) effort this year, and be an ICOMOS MENTOR, please email an expression of interest to Georgia Meros at the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email by 17 April 2019.

Please provide your contact details (email and a work or mobile number) and a brief outline of your field of professional experience and current practice. This will assist the Mentoring Team in matching mentors and mentees. 

Mentors must be Full ICOMOS members, and can have professional experience in any sector of cultural heritage practice. We will try to ‘match’ by interest as many students and mentors as possible. 

How do I get involved as a MENTEE? 

Students in participating university courses will be advised of the application process by the focal point at their university. 

All applications must be received by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by 17 April 2019. We will try to ‘match’ by interest as many mentoring pairs as possible. 

When do we start? 

We will be matching students and mentors in late April, and will launch this year’s program with an event in early May. More information about the launch will be sent to participants in the program.

We hope that all members based in Victoria will welcome this opportunity to participate in the efforts of Australia ICOMOS and its partners to support young professionals across a range of cultural heritage disciplines.

Kristal Buckley (Deakin University)
Stuart King (University of Melbourne)
for the 2019 Australia ICOMOS (Vic) Mentoring Team


6. [NEW ITEM] Visiting delegation from China

A small group of about 8 people from the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics (C20C) is visiting Australia during May 2019.

We are looking for a couple of Victorian ICOMOS members with an interest in 20th Century Heritage who may be able to assist the group during their visit. 

They would like to visit Melbourne all day on 4 May and in the morning on 5 May.

A list of possible sites to visit has been collated by the Victorian members of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage.

Please email Helen Lardner if you can help.


7. [NEW ITEM] The Princes Foundation Summer School – bursaries available; deadline for applications 19 April

The Princes Foundation is thrilled to offer two bursaries for Australian students or apprentices to attend the Princes Foundation Summer School in July 2019. Across three weeks students will develop their knowledge of traditional architecture, design, building and repair techniques and how these can be applied in the 21st century. Applications will be assessed by The Princes Foundation in association with INTBAU Australia, and should reflect a strong interest in traditional trades, architecture, design or urbanism.

More information is available at this link and in the Prince’s Foundation Summer School 2019 leaflet.

Applications for bursary positions must be received by Friday 19 April. General applications must be received by Wednesday 1 May. 


8. [NEW ITEM] May Day Disaster Preparedness Workshop, 1 May, Sydney – register by 17 April

This training opportunity has been organised by the Australian Society of Archivists – NSW Branch, in association with Blue Shield Australia.

This is a full-day workshop presented by Preservation Australia at their offices in Annandale.

The workshop is designed to provide participants with a very practical understanding of Disaster Preparedness, providing an overview of what is involved in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Following this workshop, participants will be able to write an effective Disaster Preparedness Plan for their collection. Lunch and morning tea are included.

The first part of the day covers the components of a Disaster Preparedness Plan, and how to prepare the information required for an active and useful plan.

During the second part of the day, participants will work through a practical Disaster Response scenario, based on a water impact on a mixed collection.

Areas covered include:

  • Policies
  • Risk assessment
  • Significance assessment
  • Reducing risk and prioritising actions
  • Response and recovery plans
  • Salvage procedures
  • Resources
  • Practical disaster response

Date & time: Wednesday 1 May 2019, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Venue: Preservation Australia, 2A Young Street, Annandale

Cost: ASA member $300, Allied Professionals (ALIA/RIMPA members) $300, Non-members $400

Registrations close: 5pm, 17 April



9. [NEW ITEM] Two talks as part of SA History Festival – 30 April & 24 May, Adelaide

Kingston’s Vision – South Australia’s Earliest and Most Enigmatic Piece of Furniture

In September 2017, a colossal red gum bookcase, a quintessential sleeper from nearly 180 years ago, inspired a classic ‘whodunit’ investigation. An Artlab Objects Conservator unravels the twists and turns, which led to the identification of South Australia’s oldest surviving piece of Furniture, and its mystery solved to reveal one of Australia’s most significant pieces of colonial furniture.

The bookcase, an extraordinary achievement of cabinetmaking in the fledgling colony, encompasses the collective optimism and eventual despair of Adelaide’s boom and bust in the early 1840’s.

Presented by Justin Gare as a History Festival event.

Download the Kingston’s Vision Talk Justin Gare flyer.

Date & time: 6pm, Tuesday 30 April

Venue: Radford Auditorium, North Terrace, Adelaide (behind the Art Gallery of South Australia).

Cost/bookings: Free Admission but bookings essential – contact Justin on 0401 124 992 or email Justin to reserve seats


Kingston’s 1842 Monument to Colonel Light – Adelaide’s first Monument and Colonial Wonder

After Colonel Light’s death in October 1839, a large public subscription raised money for a monument to his memory. Somewhat ironically, Kingston volunteered his services to design and supervise its construction in 1842. The result was a 45 foot high gothic edifice which towered over Adelaide. Unfortunately the poor quality stone began to crumble away and it was eventually demolished nearly sixty years later.

Long forgotten, the monument has now been resurrected, digitally at first by special effects artist Liam Gare, and then built from wood in a 1/10 scale architectural model. The model will be on display along with other artworks and early photographs at Artlab Australia during the month of May, a History Festival event.

Exhibition Dates – Monday 29 April to Friday 31 May, Monday to Friday only, 9.00am to 4.30pm
Free Admission / No bookings required
Artlab Australia, 70 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Talk with Justin Gare

Justin will talk about the background of the monument and its construction on Friday 24 May at 5.30pm in the Artlab Foyer

Bookings essential and places are limited so please telephone Artlab (08) 8207 7520 or email Artlab by 20 May.

Download the Artlab Kingston Exhibition and Talk flyer.


10. [NEW ITEM] Practice Makes Perfect Skilled Artisan Exhibition, 27-28 April, Melbourne

To coincide with the National Trust’s Heritage Festival, the Mission to Seafarers is hosting an exciting exhibition of skilled trades-persons and members of the Artisan’s Guild of Australia with display and demonstrations of their talent and craftsmanship. There will be a BBQ in the Courtyard (thanks to the men from OSSA), and bevi’s at the bar! From 10am to 4pm on each day

>>More information


11. [NEW ITEM] Connecting with Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people and Country walking tour, 9 May, Melbourne

Join Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Bill Nicholson as part of the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival for this unmissable cultural journey, visiting the MCG, Barak Bridge, Birrrarung Maar and culminating in a private viewing of William Barak works at the NGV with Judith Ryan, Senior Curator, Indigenous Art. Hear about the complexities of preserving Wurundjeri’s cultural heritage within the urban landscape of Melbourne.

Date & time: 10.30am, 9 May

Venue: starting from MCG

Cost: Adults $70, NT Members $65

>>More information and bookings


12. [NEW ITEM] George Proudman Fellowship Winner Announced



The George Proudman Fellowship, delivered by Public Works Advisory (PWA), provides opportunities for talented stonemasons to travel overseas to gain experience that may not be readily available in Australia. The Fellowship bolsters the NSW Government’s commitment to enhance the State’s prized heritage assets, by providing masons with funds to enhance their individual skills for the benefit of heritage stonemasonry in Australia.

This year, the Fellowship has been awarded to Brad Rimmer, a regional mason based in Kiama. Brad is a mid-career stonemason who is working proactively to enhance heritage masonry skills and projects in regional NSW and remote areas of Australia. Brad, who is a qualified stonemason, has a Bachelor of Science degree and is currently finalising his TAFE teaching qualifications in stonemasonry. His Fellowship proposal is to undertake a formal Nationally accredited 1 week course for masons specialising in Conservation Masonry at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust to enhance knowledge of mortars, historic stone wall construction and repair in NSW, and a week or two on a work placement or at Historic Scotland’s Conservation Summer School to learn about heritage management. Brad will return to share his findings with the industry and have them assessed for their suitable application here in Australia.

The Fellowship was established in memory of the late George Proudman, who up until his death in 2000, was a passionate educator and advocate for the stonework conservation of culturally significant public buildings.

Brad is an Australia ICOMOS member – congratulations to Brad from the Australia ICOMOS community!


13. [NEW ITEM] Modernism under threat: Petition in Norway

Please note this item has been included at the request of various international and national heritage colleagues for the information of e-news subscribers and Australia ICOMOS members.

The Norwegian Government has decided to demolish one of its most important modernist monuments in Oslo. It includes (partly) the outdoor area and park from the 1960s. Our departments archive contains the historical documents about this project. More about the Landscape Architect for this projects can be found at this link.

The petition is at this link.

The building is listed as “most endangered”: >>more information


14. [NEW ITEM] Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums 2019 – 25% discount available to subscribers and members

The Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums (hosted by Women & Leadership Australia) are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and August, the Symposiums are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent. Keynote speakers include Tina Arena AM, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Clare Bowditch, Michelle Cowan, The Right Hon Dame Jenny Shipley, Jacqui Lambie, Jessica Rowe and many, many more.

The symposiums will feature a range of presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions covering a range of topics, including:

– To change or to disappear: 3 strategies as a leader to survive in an ever-changing business environment
 – Breaking the competency trap and developing adaptive leadership
 – Womenkind: Unlocking the power of women supporting women
 – Let’s talk about non-traditional roles
 – Lessons learnt in the world of politics
 – Be heard and remembered: How to use your stories to influence effective change in the workplace 

An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY19 at the time of booking (available until each symposium sells out). For more information and to book, visit this link.


15. [NEW ITEM] Keeping It Modern: Getty Foundation Grants 2014-2018 – report available

This report, released in 2019, provides an overview of the first five years of Keeping It Modern, a Getty Foundation initiative focused on the conservation of significant modern movement buildings. The report, which includes a foreword by Shikha Jain, a director at the heritage preservation organization DRONAH, features nine of the 54 Keeping It Modern projects around the world to date, highlighting how research and planning activities benefit the preservation of 20th-century architecture internationally.

Download the full report at this link.


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

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


17. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICCROM

To view the latest news from ICCROM, click here.




2019 Jim Kerr Address on 18 April 2019, Sydney Opera House – registrations open

Australia ICOMOS in association with the Sydney Opera House and the Heritage Council of NSW
is pleased to host the
2019 Jim Kerr Address on the International Day for Monuments and Sites
to be held at 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start on Thursday 18 April 2019

Professor Bruce Pascoe
Author of Dark Emu, Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

In 1982, ICOMOS established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. UNESCO approved it the following year during its 22nd General Conference. Since then, 18 April has been a day to celebrate and promote cultural heritage, and an opportunity to raise awareness about its diversity, its relevance, how vulnerable it can be and what the needs and benefits of its conservation are. The 2019 theme for the day is ‘Rural Landscapes’.

ICOMOS has defined rural landscapes as “terrestrial and aquatic areas co-produced by human-nature interaction used for the production of food and other renewable natural resources, via agriculture, animal husbandry and pastoralism, fishing and aquaculture, forestry, wild food gathering, hunting, and extraction of other resources, such as salt. Rural landscapes are multifunctional resources. At the same time, all rural areas have cultural meanings attributed to them by people and communities: all rural areas are landscapes.”

Australia ICOMOS is honoured to have Professor Bruce Pascoe deliver the Jim Kerr Address, which honours the late Dr James Semple Kerr. Professor Pascoe’s award-winning publication Dark Emu powerfully reveals the overlooked heritage of Australia’s landscapes prior to colonisation and presents a radically different picture of Australia’s original inhabitants, and how they maintained their culture over millennia.

There are no refreshments included for this event and this is reflected in the pricing. Refreshments can be purchased before or after the event at one of the many venues in and around the Sydney Opera House.

* Australia ICOMOS and NT members: $35
* Non-members: $45
* Full-time students, unemployed & individuals under 30 yrs: $25

#18April #ICOMOS #rurallandscapes #IcomosIDMS2019 #jimkerraddress


Tour of Sydney Opera House, 3.15 for 3.30pm sharp – BOOKED OUT BUT WAITING LIST AVAILABLE

An optional short tour of the Sydney Opera House will take place before the the Jim Kerr Address. Please note that places for this tour are limited. There are only 18 places available on the tour (allocated on those who book first for this option). Participants meet at the Stage Door of the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 18 April at 3.15pm for a 3.30pm sharp start. The tour will deliver you back to the Utzon Room by 5.30pm for the 6pm start of the Jim Kerr Address. You must be attending the Jim Kerr Address to go on this free tour.

Watch the 2018 Jim Kerr Address vignette.


Australia ICOMOS 2019 Election Heritage Policy

In the lead up to the 2019 federal election, Australia ICOMOS has developed a range of outline heritage proposals to promote to political parties and interested candidates. They can be downloaded from here. PLEASE NOTE: these heritage proposals have been tweaked a little since last week.

The proposals have been developed through the Strategic Advocacy Reference Group and Executive Committee.

Please contact Duncan Marshall via email with any inquiries.


NSCES – Call for Expressions of Interest for Membership: deadline 30 April 2019

Expressions of interest are invited for those with an interest / experience in energy, sustainability and climate change in heritage to join NSCES, the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability. Membership is available as either a member or affiliate. A member of the NSCES will be a member of Australia ICOMOS (or a member of an institution that is a member of Australia ICOMOS). An affiliate is a person who is not a member of Australia ICOMOS, but who can contribute to the work of the NSCES by bringing particular knowledge, expertise or experience to the committee.

We encourage early career ICOMOS members to apply.

(Some members have been discontinued due to a lack of response, or emails that are not current. If you are no longer on the current NSCES list of members and wish to continue or re-establish your membership you will also need to fill out and submit an NSCES membership form).

We have regular meetings in Sydney every few months, with members in other areas joining by phone or through online meeting platforms. Members are expected to contribute to the work of the NSCES and to each fulfil a role within the committee. Minutes preparation is shared between committee members. If members fail to attend a meeting or participate in the work of the committee over the period of a year, membership of the committee will lapse.

NSCES is an active committee which works towards building understanding of the link between heritage and sustainability, contributing to the body of knowledge on energy efficiency, sustainability and heritage, advocating for heritage as a sustainable resource and responding to advocacy issues as they arise. Our recent activities have included discussions on adding heritage to the Australian Voluntary National Response (VNR) on the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), initial planning for energy, sustainability and climate change events for the ICOMOS General Assembly 2020, and cooperation with the ISCES+CC (International Scientific Committee for Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change) on a peer review on the “Outline of Climate Change and Cultural Heritage” by the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group. We have also prepared an Australia ICOMOS Practice Note on Heritage and Sustainability, which will be released shortly.

For more information please refer to the aims and objectives of the Committee and the NSCES blog.

Please submit your application form with a short Curriculum Vitae by email to NSCES Convenors, Helen Wilson and Rachel Jackson by 30 April 2019. For any enquiries please also contact Helen or Rachel. Download the Membership Form – NSCES.




Port Arthur Talk, 9 April 2019

It’s all stuffed! The value of historical photographs in researching
the taxidermy collection at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
presented by Belinda Bauer

The zoology collection at TMAG is one of the oldest in Australia, and remains the state repository for specimens that record Tasmanian wildlife and biodiversity. Today, this collection is primarily a vehicle for scientific and taxonomic research. Taxidermy specimens prepared for display in the public galleries are often considered less significant because, frequently, they have become disassociated from key data and, through the rigours of public display, they have ended up in poor condition.

Using historical photographs of the museum’s interior has proved a useful tool in reconstructing the backstory of many of our taxidermy animals. They reveal much about the development of natural history collections, changing attitudes towards animals and the sometimes surprising sources of our specimens. The stories uncovered challenge us to reconsider the significance of some of our most decrepit looking pieces.

Hear about denizens of the deep around the Tasman Peninsula, world weary big cats, missing giraffes, and a myriad of other animals represented in TMAG’s taxidermy collection.

Belinda Bauer has worked in many museum roles over the last 17 years including the Queensland Museum, and the Natural History Museum of Ireland, and is now the Vertebrate Zoology Collection Manager at TMAG. Belinda has moonlighted as an archaeologist, and has a Masters in Museum Studies, with a particular interest in materials conservation of natural history collections.

When: Tuesday 9 April 2019 at 5.00pm

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

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

Download the “It’s all stuffed!” talk flyer.


NT VIC Two-Day Workshop on Architectural Finishes at Como, 12-13 April, Melbourne

The National Trust of Australia (VIC) will be hosting a two-day workshop on architectural finishes at Como House with experts Donald Ellsmore, Ray Wiltshire, Simon Davies and David Kahn in April.

Through an exploration of the stucco and external finishes at Como House, you will learn about investigation and research into original finishes to historic buildings, the process of making and applying Victorian stucco and conservation of stucco, including paint removal methods and making and applying lime-based finishes. The workshop is based on presentations and practical sessions where you can try your hand at mixing and applying plain and decorative stucco and mixing, tinting and applying lime-based surface finishes.

Full program here: External Finishes Workshop at Como 12-13 April 2019

Date: Friday 12 April & Saturday 13 April 2019, 8.30 am – 4 pm both days

Location: Como House & Gardens, Williams and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra, VIC 3141

Cost: $200 or $160 Concession and National Trust Members (includes morning tea and lunch on both days)

Bookings: Express your interest ASAP by e-mail to Alyce McCue. (Very limited positions available so get in quick).


ACT Heritage Festival & Canberra Modern Program – starts 13 April

Save the date for the ACT Heritage Festival – 13 April to 5 May, including the Canberra Modern 2019 program, of which Australia ICOMOS is a sponsor. Canberra Modern is also part of the Australia ICOMOS conference this year.

Canberra Modern is an annual calendar of engaging events celebrating the modernist spirit in our National Capital. In 2019 the program will be presented from 13 April – 5 May 2019 as a key part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival and will highlight mid-century modern architecture, art, interior design and vintage culture in Canberra.


SAVE THE DATE: Local Government Heritage Forum, Victoria, 14 June 2019

‘SAVE THE DATE’ 14 June 2019
Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang

The Heritage Council of Victoria is inviting local council heritage advisors and coordinators and strategic and statutory planners to its Local Government Forum on 14 June. The forum’s theme is Putting Heritage First.

Hear from experts and colleagues on heritage issues and learn about ways to help communities celebrate their heritage. The day-long forum will inform heritage professionals of new initiatives and highlight models for best practice to ensure the successful management of state and local heritage assets for the people of Victoria. The forum also provides an opportunity for sharing information, networking with colleagues and provides professional development for local government staff and heritage advisors.

The Heritage Council will host the Forum in partnership with the City of Whittlesea.

Numbers are limited and forum registrations will be open in the coming weeks. The final forum program will be available on the Heritage Council website in May.




ICOMOS CIAV-ISCEAH 2019 Meeting & Conference, China, 6-8 September 2019 – call for abstracts deadline: 10 April

ICOMOS CIAV-ISCEAH** 2019 international conference and annual meeting will be organised in the World Heritage city of Pingyao, China, on 6-8 September 2019. With ICOMOS-CIAV, ICOMOS-ISCEAH, ICOMOS-China, Tongji University and other institutions, WHITRAP is working on the organization of the event.

The main theme is: “Vernacular & Earthen Architecture towards Local Development”.

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract by email by 10 April 2019.

Paper proceedings will be published and will be available for the conference.

Further details and abstract format are available at the conference website.

** CIAV = International Committee on Vernacular Architecture; ISCEAH = International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage


9th Lapita conference, Papua New Guinea, 15-18 October 2019 – call for proposals closes 30 April

The 9th Lapita conference will be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 15-18 October 2019. The theme will be Lapita, forerunners and successors in Near Oceania and beyond.

Session proposals are invited – email Peter White with your proposal by 30 April.

Download the 9th Lapita conference flyer.




Longford Academy Autumn Program, beginning Monday May 6 – registrations now open

Practical Building Conservation, Longford Academy’s Autumn Program, has now been released and is open for registrations

Practical Building Conservation is a 1, 2, 6 or 9 day program in the conservation of traditional buildings, structures & fabric, held at the World Heritage inscribed Woolmers & Brickendon Estates in Longford, Tasmania. It offers a unique mix of theory, demonstrations & involvement in practical conservation works, benefiting both the participants & the sites.

Participants can attend the 6 day program, which includes structured face-to-face workshops on Days 3 & 6 on the subjects of Lime Mortars & Plastering and Roofing, extend the program to 9 days, by staying on with the expert facilitators, furthering their physical contribution to the site conservation works, or attend one or both of the specialist one-day structured workshops.

  • Investigate significant building fabric, structures & sites
  • Learn how to obtain long term sustainable conservation outcomes in real life situations
  • Share knowledge & experience with conservation practitioners
  • Understand environmental impacts, deterioration & how to deal with complex challenges
  • Participate in hands-on activities with experienced practitioners
  • Relax & learn in an outstanding cultural landscape

For further information see the Longford Academy May 2019 flyer. For registrations, complete the Longford Academy_May 2019 Reg Form (Word doc).

(PDF of registration form in case there are issues with the Word version: Longford Academy_May 2019 Reg Form)


Heritage Places Renewal Loan Scheme (TAS)

Do you know a private business owner with a heritage-listed property in Tasmania who is keen to use, develop or refresh it and grow the visitor economy? If so, the Heritage Places Renewal Loan Scheme might be one way to help get their project off the ground.

This scheme offers low interest loans worth up to $1.5 million to: refresh or refurbish an existing business; undertake essential conservation projects; attend to deferred maintenance needs; and adapt, expand or enhance an existing business.

If you know someone who might be eligible and has an interest in securing a low-interest loan, you can refer them to the scheme’s guidelines on the Office of the Coordinator General’s website.

Staff from the Office of the Coordinator General are available to support applicants to consider if the scheme will meet their needs and refer them to Heritage Tasmania if they need assistance with any works that may require approval.

The Heritage Council’s Works Guidelines also provide detailed information on navigating the works approval process and how to approach works to heritage places. They are available from the Heritage Tasmania website.


ICCROM “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration” course – applications close 22 April

Kizhi Museum announces the application round for the second International ICCROM course “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration”.

Start date: 26 August 2019
End date: 14 September 2019
Deadline to apply: 22 April 2019
Organizer: Kizhi Open Air Museum


*Petrozavodsk State University, UNESCO Chair “Wooden Architecture Research and Preservation”
*Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

For more information about the course and how to apply, visit the ICCROM website.


Expressions of Interest to demonstrate at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail, 18-19 May – deadline 30 April

The organisers of the event are calling for expressions of interest from artisans who might like to demonstrate at this year’s Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail on 18 & 19 May 2019. They would like to receive EOIs by 30 April.

For more information:


UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri Cultural Landscape International Prize – nominations close 30 April


The UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes was created in 1995 to reward outstanding examples of action to safeguard and enhance the world’s cultural landscapes, a category of World Heritage. It bears the name of Melina Mercouri, a precursor of integrated conservation and sustainable development, a memorable actress and Minister of Culture of Greece. The Prize recognizes that the protection of cultural landscapes, a richer concept than the conventional one of ‘monuments’ or ‘sites’, is one of the main priorities of the present time.

The Prize, generously supported by the Greek Government, bears the name of Melina Mercouri, former Minister of Culture of Greece and a strong advocate of integrated conservation and sustainable development.

The US $30,000 Prize is awarded every two years to one laureate.

The prize has been awarded six times between 1995 and 2001.

The next Prize will be awarded in Autumn 2019, in connection with the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference.

For more information, download the UNESCO-Greece Melina Mercouri Cultural Landscape International Prize leaflet.

Nominations close 30 April.


WA Heritage Council – nominations close 3 May

The Minister for Heritage is calling for nominations from experienced and qualified individuals to join the new Heritage Council of Western Australia.

The Council is the State’s expert body on matters concerning places of cultural heritage significance. The Council will be responsible for fulfilling a range of functions under section 17 of the Heritage Act 2018. More information on the Council is in the Heritage Council Information Sheet.

The new Council will be established upon the Heritage Act 2018 being proclaimed by the Governor of Western Australia and will comprise up to nine positions (a chairperson and up to eight members). Appointments will be made for terms ranging between two and four years.

How to apply

Applications must be received by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage by 5.00pm on 3 May 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

For more information, visit the WA Heritage Council website.


Heritage Regulations 2019 (WA) – consultation closes 5 May

The consultation process on the proclamation regulations for the Heritage Act 2018 is now open, and submissions are invited until Friday 3 May 2019. Completion of consultation will bring us one step closer to new heritage legislation that meets current needs.

Issues covered within the draft Heritage Regulations 2019 include:

– composition of the Heritage Council
– conflicts of interest
– management of Council and committee meetings
– form and content of the State Register
– pre-requisites for the issue of repair notices
– standards for notifications, consultation and advertising

To ensure that the regulations are given due consideration and meet the needs of modern legislation, the WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is seeking submissions from interested persons and organisations. To take part in this process, review the draft regulations on the State Heritage website and follow a link to the online survey hosted on the Department’s consultation hub.

You may also be interested in reviewing and contributing to draft guidelines for the creation of local heritage surveys, which replace the current heritage inventories. These guidelines are required under the new Act, and will provide support to local governments undertaking the review or update of their local heritage survey.

The guidelines include standards for consultation and the use of professional heritage advice, so may be of interest to those working in the heritage field. Further information on how to contribute to the development of these guidelines can also be found on the State Heritage website.

Finally, initial consultation is taking place to assist in the development of guidelines for identification and management of state government heritage assets. These will work alongside the Strategic Asset Management Framework to guide agencies in the maintenance, activation, adaptation and disposal of heritage assets.


Living Heritage Grants Program – Round 4 applications are now open & close 10 May

Applications for Round 4 of the Living Heritage Grants Program are now open and close 10 May 2019. To find out if you are eligible, please read the 2019 Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions at this link.

To apply, follow the link to the online application portal at the link above.


Review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 – Phase 2 – have your say closes 31 May

Have your say on the discussion paper for the review of the Western Australian Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. It sets out proposals to recognise, protect, manage and celebrate the places and objects that are important to Aboriginal culture. Importantly, it also identifies a framework for efficient land use by industry and other land users. Among the recommendations are changes to how heritage is defined, so it better reflects a living culture that is central to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people. Traditional owners and knowledge holders would be actively engaged in decision making for heritage places to which they have a connection, through the establishment of local Aboriginal heritage services and an Aboriginal Heritage Council.

For more information, see the WA Dept of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

All submissions must be received by 31 May 2019.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Strategic Heritage Officer, Woollahra Council, Sydney

Woollahra Council is seeking to employ an experienced Strategic Heritage Officer to join our growing heritage team within our Strategic Planning department!

The Woollahra municipality has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation and inter-war buildings, precincts, settings and streetscapes. Council is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced person to join its heritage team in caring for this environmental heritage which has local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance.

As the Strategic Heritage Officer, you will be responsible for the preparation of heritage conservation policy and information, provide advice to Councillors and staff, and promote heritage conservation in the community. You will also respond to customer enquiries and assist in explaining policies to customers.

In return, you will be welcomed by our supportive and experienced team of professionals, gain opportunities for training and development and be given the option for flexible work arrangements. This is a full time, Monday to Friday position. However, we will also consider a part time candidate three to four consecutive days a week.

For more information, visit this link. Applications close Sunday 21 April 2019.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Strategic Planner, Woollahra Council, Sydney

Woollahra Council’s Strategic Planning team is expanding! We are seeking to employ a tertiary-qualified and experienced Strategic Planner to join our growing team at Woollahra Council on a permanent full time basis.

Located within the Planning and Development division, as a Strategic Planner you will work independently and collaboratively with your team consisting of town planning, heritage conservation and urban design professionals. This team is responsible for preparing and maintaining statutory planning documents such as planning proposals, local environmental plans and development control plans.

You will participate in planning projects, consult with the community, conduct economic analysis and model development outcomes. Presentation of projects to Councillors, working parties and community groups is an important aspect of the position and may require after-hours work.

In return, you will be welcomed by a supportive and experienced team of professionals, gain opportunities for training and development and enjoy coming to work in one of Sydney’s most impressive harbour side locations.

For more information, visit this link. Applications close Sunday 21 April 2019.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Experienced Conservation Architect, Lovell Chen, Melbourne

About Lovell Chen

Lovell Chen combines architects and designers with heritage consultants, planners, conservation specialists, historians, researchers, materials experts and other specialists in aspects of the built environment. We are a dynamic, innovative practice in the way we approach our work – bringing together strategic thinking, design skills, technical expertise, research and experience.

We are looking for an experienced Conservation Architect to join our team of dedicated heritage and conservation specialists to work on a broad range of heritage structures throughout Australia.

You should have an in-depth knowledge, technical expertise and experience in the conservation and restoration of historic structures. Technical knowledge of the repair and conservation of materials such as stone, masonry, stucco and plaster is a requirement.

Expected experience and qualifications:

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Master of Architecture (or Bachelor equivalent)
  • Post Graduate studies in Architectural Conservation or Materials Conservation an advantage

Immediate start available. The salary is negotiable and will be based on your skill level and experience.

Please forward your CV to Lovell Chen by email.

Applications close Friday 3 May.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Associate – Manager, Archaeological Services, Extent Heritage Pty Ltd, Melbourne

About Extent Heritage

Extent Heritage Pty Ltd is a respected firm of heritage advisors to the public and private sector across Australia and the Asia Pacific. Our team provide frank and informed advice to develop effective heritage management solutions for projects of various sizes and complexity. Our innovative, multi-disciplinary and outcome-focused approaches to heritage management open up exciting new opportunities while balancing the conservation needs of places with practical and timely commercial outcomes

About the Role

Extent Heritage has a permanent full-time opportunity for a Senior Associate to join our rapidly growing Melbourne team based in Coburg. The role is a senior management position with responsibility for management of the Melbourne team’s Aboriginal and historical archaeological services. Your brief will encompass:

  • services, client and business development
  • leadership in development of methodology and innovative research approaches to our work
  • advocacy within the profession
  • management of a small standing team and larger project-specific teams
  • oversight of tender preparation
  • management of projects and delivery of high-quality reports
  • expert advice to our clients and stakeholders

The role will also open up significant opportunities for further career development within the business.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and to apply, click here. Applications close COB Thursday 11 April 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Officer, Woollahra Council, Sydney

* Permanent part-time position, 21 hours per week
* $84,228.76 – $98,702.05 p.a + super (pro rata) + potential to earn additional allowances up to $3,756
* Situated in a modern harbour side office, close to public transport

Woollahra Council is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Heritage Officer to join our heritage team on a permanent part-time basis.

The Woollahra municipality has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation and inter-war buildings, precincts, settings and streetscapes. Its environmental heritage has a local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance.

As a Heritage Officer, your primary role is to provide expert heritage advice on development applications. Your skills and expertise in assessing the impact of development on the heritage significance of buildings and areas and your knowledge and experience with building design and construction will be critical to this role. You will also be required to provide general advice on heritage-related matters and assist with the preparation of conservation policy from time to time.

In return, you will be welcomed by a supportive and experienced team of professionals, gain opportunities for training and development and enjoy coming to work in one of Sydney’s most impressive harbour side locations.

For more information, visit this link. Applications close Sunday 21 April 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Officer/Officer – Planning and Heritage, National Capital Authority, Canberra

The National Capital Authority (NCA) has an exciting opportunity for an urban planner with heritage skills.

The NCA is established under the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988 (PALM Act). The NCA performs a special role as trustee of the National Capital and in this capacity serves the interests of the Australian Government, the nation and its people. The NCA is responsible for shaping the National Capital into the future, as well as caring for the significant parts of Canberra and raising awareness of Canberra as Australia’s capital. Canberra is a 20th century planned city that is recognised nationally and internationally for its combination of ‘garden city’ and ‘city beautiful’ planning ideas, symbolic content and aesthetic quality.

The NCA is responsible for the preparation and administration of the National Capital Plan and through this, assesses and approves applications to undertake works in Designated Areas, prepares development control plans, urban design guidelines, master plans and draft amendments to the Plan. The NCA also has responsibility to manage a number of Commonwealth Heritage places to ensure their significant heritage values are protected and managed appropriately.

If you are interested, please refer to the NCA website for more information and how to apply.

Applications close 9 April 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Architect, Hector Abrahams Architects, Sydney

Would you like to be part of a friendly workplace located in the Sydney CBD? Hector Abrahams Architects is a small-medium architectural practice specialising in conservation, design and master planning. Our work is varied – from traditional heritage and conservation work to the design of new buildings and additions in heritage settings. We work collaboratively and value the input and creativity of our people.

We are looking for a registered architect with at least 5 years’ heritage experience to join our team. The role is for a project architect who will run their own projects, as well as being a mentor for our younger architects. The person we are looking for will interact with a variety of clients, and will oversee contracts and building projects. A good knowledge of the NSW planning and heritage requirements is preferred.

If you are interested in finding out more about this position, please phone Astrid Eggins, Practice Director on (02) 9299 7959, or email your CV to Hector Abrahams Architects.

Applications accepted until COB Monday 15 April 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Conservation Projects Manager, International Conservation Services, Sydney

Conservation Projects Manager

International Conservation Services has a full-time opportunity for a Sydney-based Objects Conservator to use their hands-on conservation and project management skills in a wide variety of site-based heritage and art projects. Salary commensurate with experience in the range of $61,560 – $77,112 plus 9.5% superannuation.

The position is available for commencement immediately. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

We are seeking highly organised people to join our growing Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team, based at our labs in Chatswood, Sydney. We have a variety of roles that are both hands-on and project-management based that will suit someone who has a background in heritage conservation, likes to work on a variety of materials and projects, and enjoys working outdoors with occasional travel.

For more information, see the ICS_Conservation Projects Manager_March 2019 position description.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Archaeologist (Aboriginal Archaeologist) – GML Heritage, Sydney or Canberra

GML Heritage (GML) is seeking to appoint a Senior Archaeologist, in Aboriginal archaeology. This is a full-time position, based in Sydney or Canberra. The incumbent will provide specialist heritage advice in Aboriginal archaeology – including Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments, Aboriginal due diligence reports, research designs, and post-excavation reporting. We are looking for someone with a degree in archaeology and at least 5 years’ experience in Aboriginal archaeology.

The position offers the opportunity to learn and grow, both personally and around the disciplines of Aboriginal archaeology, and the consulting business. GML offers a friendly and supportive team culture, and the opportunity to work on some of the most significant heritage landscapes, buildings and places across Australia.

For further information, including the position advertisement and position description, please click here.




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