Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 877


  1. [NEW ITEM] Call for Expressions of Interest – GA2020 Side Events Focal Point: deadline 31 May
  2. [NEW ITEM] TALK: Mark Wee at the Powerhouse Museum, 22 May, Sydney
  3. [NEW ITEM] The Burra Charter turns 40 – Melbourne Discussion panel, 27 June – RSVP deadline 14 June
  4. [NEW ITEM] ICOFORT Symposium, Shenyang, China, 27-28 September 2019 – call for papers: deadline 31 May
  5. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS Sydney Talk Series, 18 June
  6. [NEW ITEM] Intensive Course Training for Trainers Life Beyond Tourism, Florence, 17-21 June 2019 – apply by 31 May
  7. [NEW ITEM] 2019 ACT Heritage Awards nominations open and close 28 June 2019
  8. [NEW ITEM] Tabriz Bazaar on Fire
  9. [NEW ITEM] TJC recognised as one of Victoria’s leading museums
  10. [NEW ISSUE] Heritage Council of WA eNewsletter out now









1. [NEW ITEM] Call for Expressions of Interest – GA2020 Side Events Focal Point: deadline 31 May

Expressions of interest are invited for an Australia ICOMOS member from Sydney to be the Focal Point for (Sydney-based) Side Events that will be offered as part of the ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium that will be hosted in Sydney in October 2020 (GA2020).

This is a voluntary position, based in Sydney, which is likely to involve consistent work from now until October 2020.The successful applicant is expected to attend and register for GA2020, as well as cover personal travel and accommodation costs during GA2020.

Official GA 2020 side events will be offered 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 will also be a small number of side events, including early-morning tours or lunchtime discussions, during the core General Assembly and Scientific Symposium period. These official side events have been selected following a call for Expressions of Interest and will be included in the GA 2020 program. The selected events include:

  • Site visits and on-site talks
  • Functions
  • Excursions ranging from a few hours to a full day
  • Workshops and facilitated discussions

The GA2020 Side Events Focal Point will:

  • report to the A2020 Convenor;
  • collaborate with Arinex Pty Ltd, the GA2020 Professional Conference Organiser;
  • review the selected events and identify information needs, issues and opportunities;
  • make pro-active approaches to relevant individuals or agencies to address any gaps in the GA2020 side event program;
  • liaise with the Australia ICOMOS Members and agencies who have offered to host these events;
  • assist with recruitment of other people needed to deliver the side event program;
  • contribute to website content and other side event marketing activities; and
  • undertake other related tasks, as necessary.


To Richard Mackay, GA2020 Convenor via email

Application information

Expressions of interest to be no more than one page and cover:

  • the reason why the applicant seeks appointment;
  • indicate relevant skills and experience relative to the position; and
  • indicate commitment to the time available and timeframe required.

Applicants may add a short CV (no more than two pages), but this is not essential.

Applications to be sent by 17:00pm Friday 31 May 2019 to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email


2. [NEW ITEM] TALK: Mark Wee at the Powerhouse Museum, 22 May, Sydney

You are invited to hear an exclusive presentation from Mark Wee, Executive Director of the DesignSingapore Council.

Mark will discuss Design 2025, Singapore’s design masterplan. Developed in 2015, it envisions Singapore to be a thriving innovation-driven economy and a loveable city by 2025.

Mark has redefined user experiences for clients such as the Housing and Development Board, Singapore Airlines, the Singapore Stock Exchange, FRANK by OCBC, and Sentosa, alongside many others.

He is an award-winning architect, recognised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority in 2017 as the top 20 Under 45 architects in Singapore that would define the next generation. He is also a keen educator, recently teaching digital innovation and service design at NUS Institute of Systems Science.

Date & Time: Wednesday 22 May 2019, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney


3. [NEW ITEM] The Burra Charter turns 40 – Melbourne Discussion panel, 27 June – RSVP deadline 14 June

The Burra Charter turns 40 – Discussion panel series

As you will all know, the Burra Charter turns 40 in 2019, and as part of our acknowledgement of this significant landmark, Australia ICOMOS is hosting a series of panel discussions to celebrate and reflect on the document’s success and evolution, and to consider its capacity to respond to an evolving heritage landscape. Does the Burra Charter address all of the issues relevant to contemporary heritage practice? Is there, for example, a need for the Charter to respond more directly to intangible heritage? How can the Charter be adopted more completely in all areas of heritage practice? Is there a risk that the essence of the Charter will be diluted through further reviews?

The first of the discussion panels will take place at the University of Melbourne on 27 June 2019 (details below). The format, based on the ABC’s ‘Q and A’ show, will see a panel of four speakers respond to questions from the audience, with the discussion chaired by a moderator. Details about the panel members will be provided in the coming weeks. 

The ‘Q & A’ will run for approximately an hour and a half and will be streamed live. The event is open to all. 

Date & Time: 5:45pm (for 6:00pm), Thursday 27 June 2019
Location: Singapore Theatre, Room B120, Glyn Davis Building (133), Masson Road, The University of Melbourne
RSVP: to Adam Mornement via email by Friday 14 June. Those wishing to pose a question (or questions) should include the question in the RSVP.  You will be advised in advance if your question has been selected, and you will be invited to pose it at the event.

The next Burra Charter ‘Q & A’ will be held at the University of Sydney on Saturday 13 July (11:30am to 1:00pm) – further details will follow soon. 


Supported by the Getty Conservation Institute


4. [NEW ITEM] ICOFORT Symposium, Shenyang, China, 27-28 September 2019 – call for papers: deadline 31 May

ICOFORT (ICOMOS ISC on Fortifications and Military Heritage), ICOMOS China and Shenyang Jianzhu University will hold the ICOFORT Symposium on the “The Conservation of Historic War & Fortification Monuments and Sites” in Shenyang, China, from 27-28 September 2019.

Due to China’s long history, vast territory and diverse cultures, unique historic sites and buildings can be found in different regions, especially a large number of ancient city defense, wars and other historic sites which reflect diverse cultures. These sites, therefore, have become important parts of the world cultural heritage and research targets in the field of architectural history and cultural heritage in East Asia and China.

In the process of rapid development of urban and rural areas, a variety of war sites and cultural heritage have been destroyed to varying degrees. Therefore, studies from the perspectives of architectural history and conservation have become extremely necessary. The symposium, with the theme of “Conservation of Historic War & Fortification Monuments and Sites” will focus on such topics as the ancient city defense system, the historical landscape of ancient walled cities (villages, forts), the regional architectural technology and cultural heritage, the diversity of cultural heritage, as well as historical protection and cultural construction in urban and rural areas.

For more information, see the ICOFORT Symposium information guide.

The deadline for abstracts is 31 May 2019.


5. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS Sydney Talk Series, 18 June

Heritage, Construction and Fire
presented by Catherine Forbes

Globally, over the years, many iconic heritage sites have experienced severe damage or loss as a result of fire. Cases have included Windsor Castle (1992), Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), Lucerne (1993), Sungyemun (South gate) Seoul, South Korea (2008), the Cutty Sark (2014), the Glasgow School of Art (2015 and 2018), the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro (2018) and many more. Most recently Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was in the limelight as we watched images of its roof burning and spire collapsing (May, 2019). During the same period, significant sites and collections in Australia have also been impacted by fire, including Essendon Historical Society Museum, Melbourne (2016), the historic Byron Arcade, Inverell (2010), numerous historic Australian pubs, including the General Gordon Hotel in Sydneham (2018), the Lyceum Hotel, Longreach (2018) and the Broadway Hotel in Woolloongabba, Brisbane (2018), a number of places of worship, including Melbourne’s oldest Greek Orthodox Church (2016), the Geelong Mosque (2016), and St Paul’s Catholic Church, Glenreagh, in the Clarence Valley (2018), and a number of schools, including the 1923 Parramatta Public School building in Sydney (2018).

Although some of these fires were the result of arson and others accidental, it must be noted that many of the buildings affected were undergoing some form of construction work. Catherine Forbes will discuss recent research findings on common causes of fire on heritage construction sites and what is involved in preventing, preparing for and mitigating fire risk prior to and during construction. With specific reference to the Parramatta Public School fire, she will also highlight the issues arising during the emergency response to fire in heritage buildings and the new risks that emerge and must be dealt with in the aftermath of fire.

Catherine Forbes
Catherine is an expert member of ICORP (ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness) and Convenor of the Australia ICOMOS and ICOMOS New Zealand joint working group on Cultural Heritage Risk Preparedness. Catherine is also the heritage architect assisting Schools Infrastructure NSW on recovery of the Parramatta Public School.

Time & Date: Tuesday 18 June 2019, 5.30pm for 6pm start

Cost: Students $10, Members $15, Non-members $20 payable in cash at GML Heritage

Venue: GML Heritage Level 6, Australia Council Building, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, 2010 (corner of Cooper Street – south from Central Station North Concourse exit to Elizabeth Street). Please report to the reception desk on the Australia Council Ground Floor on arrival to be ticked off on the list and to obtain a Visitors Pass

RSVP: by Friday 14 June 2019 via email to Louise Cox.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Download the Sydney Talk Series 2019_18 June_Catherine Forbes flyer.


6. [NEW ITEM] Intensive Course Training for Trainers Life Beyond Tourism, Florence, 17-21 June 2019 – apply by 31 May

The deadline for registration at the 5th edition of the Intensive Course Training for Trainers Life Beyond Tourism (Florence, 17-21 June 2019) has been extended to 31 May 2019. 

The course is a unique opportunity to start teaching Life Beyond Tourism in your country and to join an international community of trainers all over the world. The 30-hour intensive program includes lectures, independent work on the creation of a personal Life Beyond Tourism educational program and a series of visits in Florence and Tuscany, as well as to the Life Beyond Tourism Movement best practices in order to let the participants understand the philosophy and practical implementation of the Life Beyond Tourism Movement.



7. [NEW ITEM] 2019 ACT Heritage Awards nominations open and close 28 June 2019

The National Trust Awards recognise projects in the ACT that make a significant contribution to the conservation of the built, indigenous and natural environment.

Which projects are eligible?

  • projects located in the ACT, and which make a contribution to the public domain, are visible from the street or public place or have public access; and
  • have been completed within the last 3 years (no earlier than 1 January 2016).

Intangible Heritage can be anything, but must be distinctly ACT, and can include icons or an aspect of ACT culture or life. This must be strongly evident over the past 3 years.

For more information and to download the nomination form, visit the ACT National Trust website.

Nominations close 28 June 2019.


8. [NEW ITEM] Tabriz Bazaar on Fire

The New York Times / AP
Iran Firefighters Put Out Blaze at Historic Bazaar in Tabriz
By The Associated Press

May 9, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian media say firefighters managed to put out a blaze that erupted at the historic market in the northwestern city of Tabriz.

Thursday’s report by the official IRNA news agency says some 16 people were slightly injured in the fire, which erupted around 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bazaar of Tabriz, which dates back 1,000 years.

IRNA says it took six hours to extinguish the fire. About 150 of the market’s 5,500 shops were damaged.

The bazaar has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010 and was mentioned by Marco Polo when he travelled the Silk Road in the Middle Ages.

There was no word on what started the fire. The Bazaar of Tabriz has seen several fires over the past years due to disregard of safety measures.

The above information has been reproduced from this news website.


9. [NEW ITEM] TJC recognised as one of Victoria’s leading museums

The Johnston Collection (TJC) has gained Accreditation by the Australian Museum and Galleries Association Victoria. A panel of museum experts has made a final assessment and compiled a positive report on the museum’s operations.

Over two years, a dedicated team at TJC has worked hard to procure the Accreditation milestone through developing procedures, policies and practice to meet recognised museum standards.

Director | Curator of The Johnston Collection, Louis Le Vaillant, said the museum’s team was excited to be recognised for their dedication in achieving the Accreditation.

“Accreditation is something all museums would like to achieve and we are thrilled to have accomplished this,” Le Vaillant said.

“The Accreditation panel were particularly impressed by TJC’s temporary exhibition and lecture series and its extensive work with community groups. The panel also commended the museum for its pioneering co-curation model and for its friendly and welcoming visitor experience.”

Amelia Marra, Co-Manager, Museum Accreditation Program, Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria, said, “We are delighted to recognise the hard work and commitment shown by the team at The Johnston Collection. Caring for our shared heritage is an important task and by becoming accredited The Johnston Collection has proven to be a leading museum in Victoria.”

The Victorian-based Museum Accreditation Program is now in its 26th year and is run by Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria, the professional association for the museum and gallery sector. There are currently 77 Accredited cultural organisations in Victoria.

A formal presentation of The Johnston Collection’s Accreditation certificate, signed by the Hon Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries, will be made at the 2019 Victorian Museum Awards, to be held on Wednesday 26 June at the National Gallery of Victoria.


10. [NEW ISSUE] Heritage Council of WA eNewsletter out now

Read the latest edition of the Heritage Council’s eNewsletter, Heritage Matters.




‘Heritage of the Air’ conference, 14 – 17 November 2019, Canberra – call for papers: deadline 17 May

Paper abstract submission deadline: 17 May 2019

Contact: Ashley Harrison by email

The Heritage of the Air ARC Linkage Project /Australia ICOMOS ‘Heritage of the Air’ conference, to be held from the 14 – 17 November 2019, at University House in Canberra, is now inviting submissions for papers!

You are invited to submit your abstracts for papers for the conference sessions by 17 May 2019.

The main themes for the 2019 Heritage of the Air Conference are:

  • Modernism
  • Machines
  • Migration
  • Memories

Abstracts can relate to one or more of the conference themes and link to one of the conference sessions. A full list of the proposed conference sessions, including a general session, can be found on the conference website.

More sessions may be added so please check the website regularly.

Abstracts must be submitted on the submission form available at the call for papers webpage.

A standard paper is 15-20 minutes and blitz papers 5-6 minutes- some sessions may vary this format.

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words each.

Diverse responses to the themes and sessions are encouraged.

We encourage you to email the session convenors (see conference sessions) to discuss the session and the relevance of your submission.

Final paper abstract submissions and questions about the conference must be sent directly through to Ashley Harrison via email.

The Heritage of the Air Conference Committee will review all submissions and advise of the outcome in June.




The Trust Talks: The Debate, Brisbane, 17 May

The Trust Talks: The Debate, Brisbane – presented by the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) in conjunction with Australia ICOMOS

TOPIC: ‘It’s not a chip on your shoulder if they’re really out to get you’ – QLD is unfairly underrepresented on Australia’s big heritage lists.

Queensland is one of the largest states in Australia and undoubtedly rich in environmental, built and cultural heritage – but is this heritage unrecognised? Do Australia’s big heritage lists unfairly forget about Queensland heritage in their focus on the southern states?

In this light-hearted debate about a serious topic, we pitch three of Queensland’s leading heritage specialists against a visiting team of Australia ICOMOS experts to decide – is QLD truly underrepresented? Or do they just have an inferiority complex?

Join us on Friday 17 May, 5.00 to 7.30pm at the Commissariat Store in Brisbane for this wonderful event.

Book online.


International Museum Day, 18 May

On May 18th, museums all around the world will come together to celebrate International Museum Day. This year, the theme is Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition.

More information on the theme for 2019 can be found here.

Communications kitHere you can download the communication kit for museums and find all the information you need to organise special activities.

Social Media bankHere you can download a content bank for social media with images and texts that you can use for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The official materials – On the International Museum Day website you can find the official poster and banners, as well as request translations. Here you can also download some videos and animations.

Interactive map – Here you can add to our interactive map the special activities your museum is organising for the whole world to see. You can also check what other museums in your region or country will be doing that day.


Port Arthur Talk, 22 May 2019

Tasman Community’s attitudes to the Port Arthur Historic Site
Presented by Anne Courtney

When Port Arthur Historic Site was added to the National Heritage Register in 2005 it was recognised as having nine heritage values. But how is the Site valued by members of the Tasman community? This is the question that local resident Anne Courtney and the Community, Heritage and Tourism (CHAT) project sought to answer during a 2018 community survey. She will present the finding of this survey – some of the answers may surprise you.

Anne Courtney was born in Zambia and arrived in Tasmania in 1965 as a 10-pound Pom. The Port Arthur Historic Site was one of the first places her family visited. The ruins and the surrounding landscape left a deep impression then and in subsequent holidays. In 1999 she bought a home at Port Arthur and moved to the Peninsula full time in 2009. Her interest in surveys started in the 1970s while studying psychology at the University of Tasmania.

When: Wednesday 22 May 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 “Tasman Community’s attitudes to the Port Arthur Historic Site” talk flyer.


SA History Festival talk – 24 May, Adelaide

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 5.30pmin 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.


Sulman in Australia talk, Sydney, 31 May

Dr Zeny Edwards presents SULMAN IN AUSTRALIA 1885-1934
7.15pm, Friday 31 May 2019
AIA Tusculum Auditorium, 3 Manning Street Potts Point

In this talk, Zeny Edwards discusses Sulman’s first impressions of the Australian colonies, the commencement of his Sydney practice and his first partnership with C.H.E. Blackmann. It gives a detailed account of his involvement with the Institute of Architects of New South Wales and his feud with John Horbury Hunt.

Cost: Members $20 Non Members: $25 pp; Concessions $15 pp. This price includes our usual delicious supper and wine.

For more information, see the Sulman in Australia talk flyer.

Click here to book.


Audience Insights, an MA VIC event, 3 June, Melbourne

Audience Insights

Join the Museums Victoria (MA VIC) Audience Insights team for a morning workshop that will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the importance of audiences
  • Making audiences part of your planning, programming and delivery
  • Identifying barriers
  • How to create a practical visitor survey that works
  • A hands-on audience categorisation exercise

Date: Monday 3 June
Time: 9.30am-1pm
Venue: Melbourne Museum, Melbourne
Cost: Members $45, Non-members $65



Midland Railway Workshops talk, Dr Bobbie Oliver, 8 June, Armadale Library, WA

A Natural Battleground – The fight to establish a rail heritage centre at Western Australia’s Midland Railway Workshops – Dr Bobbie Oliver

Honorary Research Fellow in History at The University of Western Australia, Dr Bobbie Oliver, will discuss the heritage importance of the Midland Railway Workshops.

Saturday 8 June, 1.30-2.30pm Armadale Library

Places are limited and bookings are essential. Call (08) 9394 5125 or book online here.

Download the A Natural Battleground – June 2019 flyer.


Ideas of Gardens: From England to Australia, a garden history seminar, 11 June, Canberra


Join prominent landscape architects, designers and garden historians as they share their insights into the theme of ‘Ideas of Gardens: From England to Australia’.

This seminar will be chaired by landscape architect and horticulturist Ms Fleur Flanery.

Date & time: Tuesday 11 June 2019, 3:30-5.30pm
Venue: National Museum of Australia, Visions Theatre
Free but book online

For more information and to book, click here.


Narratives of Nations Symposium, Saturday 15 June 2019, Sydney

The Australiana Fund’s Narratives of Nations Symposium, Sydney, Saturday 15 June 2019
In Partnership With Australian National Maritime Museum

Following the success of the Fund’s inaugural Symposium in Canberra in 2017 this will be the core event of The Fund’s Sydney AGM

Discovery – The theme of the second Narratives of Nations symposium encompasses the physical act of discovering and, the intellectual satisfaction of unearthing new facts, developing new theories and establishing fresh connections thereby opening up new perspectives on the way we interpret and describe our world through the prism of cultural heritage.

Our special overseas guest speakers include:

View the program here.

Members of The Australiana Fund will benefit from a special reduced ticket price of $90; Non-members $140. The ticket price includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Book at this link.


May Day 2019

Blue Shield Australia (BSA) aims to promote the protection of cultural heritage in times of natural disaster or conflict. Australia ICOMOS is an active pillar organisation of BSA and has been the Chair of BSA from 2017-2019.

Each year BSA runs a May Day campaign to raise awareness of disaster preparedness and recovery among archives, museums, galleries, local history groups, managers of heritage places, sites or monuments and other cultural heritage organisations.

What’s happening in 2019?

For May Day 2019, Blue Shield Australia will be focusing on disaster planning and preparedness information and activities.

During April and May 2019, Blue Shield Australia will be running some exciting competitions to promote ways to get prepared for natural disasters. Visit the Blue Shield Australia website for more information.

What can you do?

Celebrate May Day (1st of May) with your colleagues in heritage places, archives, museums, libraries, galleries, local history groups, managers of sites or monuments and other cultural heritage organisations

· Enter the BSA May Day 2019 Competitions – details at the Blue Shield Australia website. Entries close 24 May 2019

· Make sure your disaster plan is up to date and maybe schedule a practice of the disaster plan to ensure that you and your organisation know what to do if there’s a disaster

· Check out the information resources about disaster planning and preparedness on the BSA and other websites

· Explore a partnership with sector allies (libraries, archives, museums, sites, and galleries) in your local area. Develop a network of colleagues with experience of disaster recovery or with preservation expertise.




Rock art symposium, 11 October 2019, Melbourne – call for papers deadline: 20 May

Call for Papers – Rock art symposium, 11 October 2019, University of Melbourne


José Antonio González Zarandona (ADI, Deakin University); Holly-Jones Amin (University of Melbourne); Lyndon Ormond-Parker (University of Melbourne) and Melissa Marshall (University of Notre Dame Australia)


Rock art is uniquely powerful and provides an ongoing connection here in Australia to what is undoubtedly one of the world’s oldest living cultures. As the world capital of rock art with over 100,000 rock art sites, more than any other country in the world, we face complex challenges to preserve these creative legacies into the unforeseeable future. Although it is nationally recognized as an important part of Australia’s heritage, rock art in Australia is still damaged and remains under threat. With so many rock art sites in remote locations there are ongoing preservation challenges.

This symposium will be held following a three-day workshop in Gariwerd (the Grampians).

We seek papers that present a methodological intervention into reductionist conservation histories by developing a more diverse vocabulary and directions for future research in and on this field. Please send abstracts of 200-300 words and queries to Antonio González via email. Deadline for abstracts is 20 May 2019.

For more information, see the Call for Papers_Rock Art Symposium_Oct_19.


IIWC 2019 Scientific Symposium (Bilbao, Spain) & Course (San Sebastian, Spain), 30 September to 5 October 2019 – call for papers: deadline 3 June

The ICOMOS International Wood Committee (IIWC), is organising the 22nd International Scientific Symposium in Bilbao (30 September- 2 October) and the 1st Course on Wooden Heritage Conservation in San Sebastian (3 -5 October).

The International Scientific Symposium will consist of two days of presentations in Bilbao and a one-day visit to some of the outstanding wooden heritage sites in the region. The IIWC is inviting papers on all aspects related to wooden heritage conservation, both in its material and intangible sides, and applied to built, temporary, evolving, maritime or any other existing wooden heritage.

Abstracts or inquiries should be sent via email by 3 June 2019.

The Course will consist of two days of lectures given by an international selection of experts, and a one-day visit to another selection of outstanding wooden heritage sites in the region. Attendants and lecturers will have the opportunity to exchange and discuss with the authors of the interventions.

For more information and to register, visit the symposium/course website and also view the documents below.

IIWC-2019-22nd Symposium-Bilbao-PROGRAMME
IIWC-2019-1st Course-San Sebastian-PROGRAMME
IIWC-2019-22nd Symposium-Bilbao-CALL FOR PAPERS


Heritage Houses for Europe Conference, 24 September 2019, Belgium

Heritage Houses for Europe Conference
24 September 2019
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

We are pleased to invite you to the final conference of the project Heritage Houses for Europe which will be opened by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Gathering 300 participants, the event will present the project’s study on the impact of the sector of family-owned heritage houses throughout Europe, highlighting the key findings and policy recommendations. It will also be the opportunity to give a voice to the various stakeholders: owners, policy makers, academics, experts and cultural innovators. The day will provide numerous opportunities to network and meet stakeholders.

Register here




Ballarat Heritage + Design Excellence Awards – People’s Choice now open: have your say by 17 May

The Ballarat Heritage + Design Excellence Awards – People’s Choice is now open.

All ICOMOS members and heritage colleagues are invited to have their say via this link.

Participation by Friday 17 May is encouraged.


Victorian Museum Awards 2019 – nominations close 17 May

Has your organisation delivered outstanding projects in the last year? Know a staff member or volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution to their organisation or the sector? Nominations for the Victorian Museum Awards are now open. This is your chance to nominate a special individual or organisation for excellence in line with the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries.

The nomination process is simple, free, and open to both members and non-members, so why not nominate? Winners receive prizes and a tailored media pack to promote their Award in the media.

> Guidelines and nomination forms

Nominations close Friday 17 May.


Local Government Heritage Forum, 14 June, Victoria – registrations close 17 May

The Heritage Council of Victoria is inviting local government heritage advisors, heritage coordinators and strategic and statutory planners to its Local Government Heritage 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 is hosting the Forum in partnership with the City of Whittlesea.

DATE: Friday 14 June 2019

TIME: 10 am to 5 pm

LOCATION: Woodstock Theatre, Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre (PRACC), 35 Ferres Blvd, South Morang

BOOKINGS: Are essential as numbers are restricted. If you are a local government heritage advisor, planner or heritage officer please register via email

Registrations will close on Friday 17 May.

Attendance from each Council will be limited to a maximum of three officers.

The draft program is now available.

The final program will be available on the website in mid-May.


St James Anglican church, Wilcannia – volunteers wanted for restoration



St James Anglican church is a substantial sandstone structure (c.1883) built by German stonemasons of locally quarried stone in the remarkable outback town of Wilcannia in far west NSW (near Broken Hill).

The unique architectural history of this town has been enhanced by the local Council’s heritage program, supported by the State Government’s heritage advisor. A small grant from the program has provided access to funds for purchase of materials for conservation works at the Church.

Volunteers are being sought for assistance with painting, roof plumbing, stone pointing, interior hard plaster rendering, leadlight window repairs and general repairs between May and October 2019. This is a great opportunity to visit the outback and experience the charms of Wilcannia, (with opportunities for other local tourism such as Broken Hill and nearby National Parks).

If you are interested in participating and have skills (although don’t feel the need to be an experienced “tradie”), and you would like to lend a hand to this worth while project, please make contact with Andrew Stacey via email for further information. Billeted accommodation can be arranged at the charming Queens Head Hotel in town, a recent conservation project which has adapted a ruinous building into a unique gallery & airbnb in the outback.


Change Over Time journal – call for abstracts: deadline 17 May 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 the 10.1 Conservation – Discipline & Profession issue.

Since its emergence in the 20th century as a discreet field of intellectual inquiry and applied practice, the conservation of the built environment has developed into a distinct interdisciplinary profession. Conservation today extends its purview to broader considerations of ‘heritage’ as a physical and social expression and thus employs a theoretical and methodological framework drawn from the humanities and the sciences. After nearly a century of formal practice, institutional representation, the establishment of national and international organizations, and the later development of academic programs, an ideological and professional maturation is well on its way.

It is time for an historical and critical evaluation of the field as discipline and profession. The inherent interdisciplinarity and inclusive concerns of conservation from social cohesion and architectural/evidentiary preservation to diversifying historical narratives and socio-spatial equity, raise challenging questions of disciplinary and professional boundaries and call upon the profession to articulate its authority. What are the disciplinary implications for an interdisciplinary field? What professional authority does conservation contribute to addressing urgent societal problems? How has the field evolved (or not) as a discipline and profession? And how can the profession succeed in fulfilling its greatest civic promise?

This issue of Change Over Time invites contributions that examine the dimensions and scope of the profession as well as the responsibilities, ethics, and authority of the conservation professional.

For more information, see the CFA_Professionalism_COT.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 17 May 2019.


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.


Call for EOI to prepare a case study in “Recovery and Reconstruction” project – deadline 3 June

ICCROM and ICOMOS invite authors for expressions of interest in preparing a case study within the joint project “Analysis of Case Studies in Recovery and Reconstruction”.

After review of proposals, a selection will be made by a Working Group for the development of selected case studies. The selected authors will receive an honorarium in recognition of their work.

To know more about the project, the criteria of selection, deadlines and terms of submission please click the link below:

Call for proposals ICCROM-ICOMOS

The deadline for submissions is 3 June 2019.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Project Manager, Activating Heritage, Heritage South Australia

Heritage South Australia is seeking a motivated and experienced project manager to lead projects relating to the activation of Government-owned Heritage. Heritage South Australia is responsible for recognising, protecting and unlocking the value of our State Heritage Places. Activation of our State’s heritage will be vital to ensure that South Australia is a place where people value, care for and benefit from their heritage. This role will work with partners and stakeholders to realise the potential of State-owned heritage places, including developing tourism potential, encouraging commercial investment in conservation and activation, and improving outcomes for heritage and communities

For more information, visit this link.

Applications close 22 May 2019.


[NEW] TENDER OPPORTUNITY North Melbourne and Parkville Heritage Review, City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne is currently seeking tenders from experienced consultants to review the heritage in North Melbourne and Parkville.

The tender documents are on the City of Melbourne website and the closing date for receipt of tenders is 27 May 2019.


TENDER OPPORTUNITY Interpretation Strategy, Royal Perth Hospital Precinct and Historic Heart of Perth, National Trust of Western Australia

The National Trust of Western Australia is seeking proposals from consultant teams experienced in the interpretation of the values associated with heritage places, to prepare an interpretation strategy focussed on the Royal Perth Hospital Precinct and the Historic Heart of Perth neighbourhood in which it is situated.

The brief can be found at this link.

Submissions are due 9am, Monday 27 May 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Full time Fellow Position, UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage / Digital Heritage Research Lab, Cyprus University of Technology

Applications are invited from candidates who possess the necessary qualifications in order to fill one (1) full time Marie S. Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellow Position in the newly established UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage / Digital Heritage Research Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology in the research field of Enrichment of 3D volumetric objects with Metadata and Semantics in Cultural Heritage. The selected Marie S. Curie ESR will work for thirty six (36) months within the H2020 Initial Training Network CHANGE Marie S. Curie ITN Project, an EU-funded programme bringing together eight (8) leading European Institutions as full beneficiaries and ten (10) other as partners in a transnational network, aiming at implementing a multidisciplinary and intersectorial research and training programme between academic, research and the industrial partners.

For more details about the fellowship, such as salary, other benefits and how to submit an application, click here.

Application deadline: 31 May 2019


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Consultant, Urbis, Sydney

An opportunity has arisen in our Sydney office for a suitably qualified and experienced Senior Heritage Consultant with a professional work history of 5+ years in Heritage advisory consulting or related field.

Urbis is a firm that truly values its people. In our new, contemporary office location in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s a place where you are encouraged to share your ideas in a professional, friendly and agile working environment.

We are looking for a lateral thinker and an outstanding communicator seeking an opportunity to be involved in city-shaping projects, for a diverse range of private and public sector clients. As a key member of the team, you will be involved in conducting research across a diverse, high profile and challenging range of projects, providing reports and strategic advice to our clients.

We also encourage archaeologists (Aboriginal or European) or heritage architects to apply for this position.

About You

As a Senior Heritage Consultant there is a requirement to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of heritage principles and an ability to provide a range of advice to clients on a range of projects including heritage studies, conservation management plans, heritage impact statements, interpretation, archival recording and heritage architectural conservation supervision.

For more information, see the URBIS Senior Heritage Consultant 2019 position description.

How to apply?

If you are an enthusiastic candidate, with the desire to become part of a driven and highly professional team, please click apply. Or for a highly confidential discussion please call Grace Lee, HR Coordinator on (02) 8233 9982. We are looking to appoint this position as soon as possible so encourage applications to be lodged as soon as possible.


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.




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