Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 887


  1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Scientific Symposium: Appointments
  2. [NEW ITEM] ‘Christmas in July’ at GML Heritage, Sydney, 31 July
  3. [NEW ITEM] Port Arthur Talk, 7 August 2019
  4. [NEW ITEM] Australian Garden History Society (Sydney and Northern NSW Branch) AGM + talk: Cartographica – Sydney on the Map, 14 August, Sydney
  5. [NEW ITEM] Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow, Brisbane, 29 August
  6. [NEW ITEM] Recent article on Prof David Yencken AO
  7. [NEW ITEM] New $260,000 fund for heritage building restoration – deadline 31 August
  8. [NEW ITEM] CIIC Scientific Meeting, 10-17 February 2020, Mexico – call for papers: deadline 16 August 2019
  9. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums








1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Scientific Symposium: Appointments 


The image of the Sydney Opera House is used under licence from the Sydney Opera House Trust


Appointments to the GA2020 Scientific Committee and the appointment of Theme Co-chairs has now been completed. The appointments are provided below. Together they make up a great team of skilled and committed volunteers who have the responsibility for the organisation, presentation, and post-publications of the GA2020 Scientific Symposium. The Theme Co-chairs are currently establishing Working Groups for each Theme, who will support the development of each Theme program, review submitted abstracts, and support the publication of papers from the Symposium.

GA2020 Scientific Committee
Role: Coordinate and oversee the Scientific Symposium, including final content, recommend programming, and publication of outcomes. 


  • Steve Brown (Australia ICOMOS; Australian Co-chair)
  • Ona Vileikis (ICOMOS Belgium; International Co-chair)


  • Tracy Ireland (Australia ICOMOS; University of Canberra; Editor, Historic Environment)
  • Anita Smith (Australia ICOMOS; La Trobe University)
  • Caitlin Allen (Australia ICOMOS; The University of Sydney)
  • Tanya Koeneman (Indigenous representative)
  • Mikel Landa (ICOMOS Spain; President, ICOMOS Advisory Committee [ADCOM])
  • Nupur Prothi (ICOMOS India; Previous Scientific Symposium Co-chair – Delhi, 2017)
  • Nargiz Aituganova (ICOMOS Russia; Representative for ICOMOS young & emerging professionals)
  • Ève Wertheimer (ICOMOS Canada, Francophone representative)
  • Teresa Patricio (ICOMOS Belgium, Francophone representative)
  • Kristen Walker (IUCN representative)

GA2020 Theme Co-chairs
Role: Coordinate the review of session proposals and abstracts; recommend to the GA2020 Scientific Committee the selection of sessions and posters; oversee running of the program sessions; co-ordinate peer review of papers for publication. 


Theme  Australian Co-chair International Co-chair
Shared Cultures Cristina Garduno Freeman Marco Antonio Chavez-Aguayo (ICOMOS Mexico)
Shared Heritage Agnieshka Kiera Kai Weise (ICOMOS Nepal) 
Shared Responsibility MacLaren North Susan Macdonald (Getty Conservation Institute)
Indigenous Heritage Chris Wilson Diane Menzies (ICOMOS New Zealand)
Nature-Culture Journey Susan McIntyre Tamwoy Tim Badman (IUCN)
Marginal Heritages James Lesh Tokie Laotan Brown (ICOMOS Nigeria) and Sarah May (ICOMOS UK)


2. [NEW ITEM] ‘Christmas in July’ at GML Heritage, Sydney, 31 July

Join GML to launch the new book, Christmas Food and Feasting, A History, by GML’s Dr Madeline Shanahan at their ‘Christmas in July’ event.

The book explores the rich story of Christmas food and feasting, tracing the history of how the festive menu evolved and inherited elements of pagan ritual, medieval traditions, early modern innovations, Victorian romanticism, and contemporary commercialism.

Over a glass of Wassail and Christmas treats, Madeline will share intriguing and amusing stories about the origins of dishes such as plum pudding, gingerbread and mince pies. Books will also be for sale on the night.

When: Wednesday 31 July 2019

Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Where: Level 6, 372 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills

Refreshments: Christmas themed canapes and drinks will be served

RSVP: Click here to book your place. Entry is complimentary


3. [NEW ITEM]  Port Arthur Talk, 7 August 2019

Private Robert McNally’s secret journal of 1820s Van Diemen’s Land
presented by Prof Pam Sharpe

Very occasionally a historian strikes ‘archive gold’. For Pam Sharpe this was discovering the diary/memoir of Private Robert McNally in the National Library of Ireland. Private McNally, 40th Regiment of Foot, served in Van Diemen’s Land during the mid-1820s. Prof Sharpe will discuss the surprise discovery of this damaged and rare anonymous journal providing an insight into Van Diemen’s Land in the years leading up to the Black War.

Pam Sharpe was the first female Professor in History at the University of Tasmania and the first woman nominated to the Australian Academy of the Humanities from Tasmania. A graduate of Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, she is an expert in British social and economic history who has expanded her interests to Van Diemen’s Land.

When: 7 August 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 “Private Robert McNally’s secret journal of 1820s Van Diemen’s Land” talk flyer.


4. [NEW ITEM] Australian Garden History Society (Sydney and Northern NSW Branch) AGM + talk: Cartographica – Sydney on the Map, 14 August, Sydney

Margaret Betteridge will present the talk Cartographica – Sydney on the Map after the Australian Garden History Society (Sydney and Northern NSW Branch) AGM.

Wednesday 14 August
6:00 PM Nibbles and Drinks / 7:00 PM Illustrated Talk
Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust of Australia (NSW), Upper Fort Street, Miller’s Point

Cartographica: Sydney on the Map was a joint winner in the 2019 National Trust’s Heritage Award in the exhibition, events and tours category. The exhibition is on at Customs House over three levels and runs until 1 September 2019.

For more information see the AGHS 14 August AGM & Cartographica talk flyer.

Bookings essential – online bookings here.


5. [NEW ITEM] Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow, Brisbane, 29 August

The National Trust, University of Queensland, Prince’s Trust Australia (PTA) and International Network of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU Australia) invite you to join us for our next roadshow. A presentation and panel discussion series to be held across Australia aimed at discussing the importance of sustainable urbanism and place-making in managing our built environment.   

Brisbane Roadshow | 6:00PM, Thursday 29 August
Herston Oral Health Centre

‘Social Sustainability and Future Resilience’

Dr Shaneen Fantin, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland will facilitate a night of networking, presentations and discussion from a panel with a wealth of experience about Social Sustainabilty and Future Resilience. 

Panel Members

  • Justin Hewitt – Director of Sustainable Communities | Princes Trust Australia 
  • Jane Alexander – Heritage Advocacy Manager | National Trust Queensland 
  • Malcolm Middleton – Government Architect | Queensland Government 
  • Cathryn Chatburn – Director | Urban Enquiry


Adult: $20 | National Trust Member: $15 | Student: $10

>> more information | >>bookings


6. [NEW ITEM] Recent article on Prof David Yencken AO

Prof David Yencken AO has been a pioneer in many fields – heritage, planning/urbanism, environment, building/construction (cluster housing/Master Builders), modern motels, Melbourne’s revitalisation.

Read this piece in The Sydney Morning Herald (6/7/2019 by Jewel Topsfield).

>>More about David Yencken

Also, a reminder about his new book:

Valuing Australia’s National Heritage, by David Yencken

Valuing Australia’s National Heritage describes the progressive development of a national heritage consciousness from early settlement onwards. It shows the different ways this consciousness led to national heritage protection for natural areas, Indigenous places and historic sites. The book describes the origins and development of the Australian Heritage Commission and includes a personal memoir describing the author’s role in helping to establish the Commission and set it on its future course. Valuing Australia’s National Heritage laments the current neglect of national heritage, the apparent unwillingness to add places to the national lists, and the complete inadequacy of funding available. It concludes with suggestions for more enlightened policies. The book includes images of UNESCO World Heritage listed sites including of Lord Howe Island by Jack Shick.

This book is published by Future Leaders, a philanthropic initiative about leadership and our future, and a not for profit publishing initiative.

To obtain a free copy, email Dr Helen Sykes AM.


7. [NEW ITEM] New $260,000 fund for heritage building restoration – deadline 31 August

The City of Melbourne is inviting heritage building owners to apply for a new $260,000 fund that will provide support to undertake restoration works on community-owned and landmark buildings.

Expressions of interest in the Landmark and Community Buildings Fund are now open to not-for-profit, charity, or community owned or occupied heritage buildings, and privately owned heritage buildings that are considered landmarks, a feature of their local area or well-known meeting places.

Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio Chair Councillor Rohan Leppert said the new fund was part of the $600,000 multi-year Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund.

“Melbourne’s heritage buildings tell the stories of our city’s history and create a sense of place that make it somewhere people love to live, work and visit,” Cr Leppert said.

“The City of Melbourne recognises that heritage restoration works are valuable but can also be expensive, which is why we are providing incentives for owners through the Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund.

“Whether it’s a small restoration project or major renovation works, I encourage heritage building owners to check if they are eligible for financial assistance.”

To be eligible to apply for a grant, heritage properties must be within a heritage overlay and located in the City of Melbourne, and the works must be visible from the public realm.

The fund will contribute between 50 and 100 per cent of the total cost of a project for not-for-profit, charity, or community owned or occupied heritage buildings. In exceptional circumstances, the fund will be allocated to one project but is most likely to be split across multiple projects.

Privately owned and commercial buildings that are landmarks will receive funding of up to 60 per cent of the total cost. The total amount an individual project receives will depend on the number of projects funded in any given round of funding. The final decision on funding allocations is made by a committee of the Victorian Heritage Restoration Fund.

“The expression of interest process is open from now until August 31. It’s designed to be fast and straightforward so that building owners can find out whether they are eligible before they submit a detailed application,” Cr Leppert said.

“The City of Melbourne has already provided six community, commercial and residential grants for smaller scale restoration projects in the last financial year through the Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund.

“They include the Mission to Seafarers in Docklands for the restoration of its historic nautical weathervane and the reinstatement of decorative keystones on Alcaston House on Collins Street.”

Owners of private and commercial buildings that are not landmarks are encouraged to apply for a grant through the All Heritage Buildings Fund at any time. This stream of the Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund provides funding for conservation works to any building within a Heritage Overlay in the City of Melbourne, as long as the works are visible to the public.

More information on heritage grants is available here.

Note that the deadline for applications for the Landmark and Community Buildings Fund program is 31 August 2019.


8. [NEW ITEM] CIIC Scientific Meeting, 10-17 February 2020, Mexico – call for papers: deadline 16 August 2019

The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Routes (CIIC) will hold its Scientific Meeting from 10-17 February 2020, with the theme “Living the Cultural Routes”. It will take place in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico.

See the Convocatoria Encuentro CIIC 2020 – inglés call for papers for more information. Contact this email address for queries.

The deadline for submission of the presentation summary is Friday 16 August 2019.


9. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums

To read the latest news from the Sydney Living Museums, click here.




The Living Heritage Festival, Sunday 4 August, Sydney

For the first time in Bayside and the Inner West, leading historians and heritage experts are brought together by the Historic Houses Association (HHA) of Australia for a day-long heritage festival at Tempe House. Join Stephen Gapps, Paul Irish, Ian Tyrrell, Hilary Davidson, Stuart Read, Helen Davies; Paintwrights, Thorne Decorative Plasterwork, and the Heritage Stoneworks Team along with local historical societies and guilds for a celebration of the forgotten crafts of the past and the heritage skills of tomorrow.

Across Discovery Point Park and Mt Olympus enjoy history pop-ups presentations – hear from local historians about the stories of the people, house and life around Tempe House from the 1830s to today’s restoration. Chat to the experts about native bee keeping, heritage sustainability and learn about how life was lived on the banks of the Cooks River.

In the Chapel, Villa and Courtyard, traditional trade skills are on display including heritage stonework, plasterwork and exhibits of paint, stencilling and wood graining techniques. Also on display is an exhibition of rare colonial fashion gowns with demonstrations by a range of craft artisans. Learn about historic lace making, the art of quilling and join a sewing circle.

Heritage Workshops

Heritage workshops will be inside Tempe House. Find out how to research the history of your house from a local studies historian. Learn hands-on practical skills in conservation and how to value your precious antiques. Hear about environmental sustainability for your heritage home. Join in and use recycled material to create a no-waste basket that you can take home. In the former kitchen, historians, writers and community activists delve further into the layered histories of Tempe House site, landscape and the river environment. Speakers focus on specific themes ranging from histories of place, architecture and social life to popular expressions of history and questions of identity.

Artisan craft and local food stalls including vintage fashion, upcycled goods and ‘Willie the Boatman’ craft beer for sale.

For more information, visit the Historic Houses Association website.

Queries can be directed to HHA on (02) 9252 5554.

Download the Festival poster and the Festival media release.


EXHIBITION – NERVI with SEIDLER, University of Sydney Tin Sheds Gallery until 7 September 2019

The University of Sydney architecture faculty’s Tin Sheds Gallery hosts the exhibition “Designed in Italy, Made in Australia – Discovering the Australian work of Pier Luigi Nervi” – until 7 September 2019.

Nervi was the engineer behind Seidler’s Australia Square tower, MLC Centre, Theatre Royal, CTA club in Sydney, Edmund Barton Building in Canberra and Australian Embassy in Paris. Nervi’s work in Rome, Mantua and Dartmouth College USA is also explored. Exhibition includes drawings, models, virtual reality, computerised moving diagrams, panels with previously unseen photos and archival correspondence. Curated by University of Sydney architectural science lecturer Dr Paolo Stracchi.

Opening hours, etc

Tuesday to Friday, 11am-5pm
Free entry
Catalogue for sale

Tin Sheds Gallery, 148 City Road, Darlington, Sydney

Full information at this link.


Bill Lucas talk, Sydney, 26 July – NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE

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


Friday 26 July 2019, 7.00pm
NEW VENUE: Level 2 Theatrette, The Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo

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

Peter will talk about the Lucas archive and themes arising out of the archive: Castlecrag, Woolloomooloo, Paddington, Buckminster Fuller, & Utopia or oblivion.

For more information, see the Bill Lucas talk flyer.

Book tickets here.


Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 31 July

Deakin University’s next Cultural Heritage Seminar will be a presentation by Dr Lauren Pikó (University of Melbourne), on “Ideal landscapes, planning and heritage in postwar British culture”.


While Britain’s postwar planned landscapes, including modernist urban redevelopments and new towns, have received increasing attention from historians and heritage professions over recent decades, in political rhetoric and popular culture these landscapes have consistently been viewed as unable to accumulate and retain meaning, and therefore as dystopian, unnatural, and even foreign. This is particularly the case for the new town of Milton Keynes, the experimental new town designated in 1967; even as residents celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, the town has been consistently represented as sterile, dystopian, and even as a threat to ideals of national heritage and tradition itself. This presentation draws on the recent book Milton Keynes in British Culture: Imagining England, along with wider case studies, to examine the cultural histories of attitudes to ideal landscapes in Britain, and their wider political functions in debates around tradition, national identity, and the contested legacy of the reconstructionist state.


Dr Lauren Pikó was a 2019 Gilbert Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on cultural and intellectual histories of ideal landscape forms in Britain and Australia. Her book Milton Keynes in British Culture: Imagining England was published by Routledge in 2019.

Free of charge. All welcome. Bookings not required.

Date: Wednesday 31 July 2019

Time: 5.00-6.00pm

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

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

Further enquiries: email Beatrice Harris


Speakers Announced for the 2019 Victorian Museums & Galleries Forum, 15 October, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne

The Victorian Museums & Galleries Forum is a one-day event dedicated to discussing trending topics in the museum and gallery sector. It takes place every other year in Melbourne, alternating with our State Conference in regional Victoria.

In 2019 the Victorian Museums & Galleries Forum will be held on Tuesday 15 October 2019 at Deakin Downtown, Melbourne. The ‘Healthy Museum’ theme is at the forefront of new learning and research, especially around the themes of health, happiness, sustainability, education and well-being.

The Forum aims to provide delegates with information and discussions that demonstrate how museums and galleries can create a healthier, happier future for both our sector and the wider public. The forum will address some of the critical current issues such as well-being, sustainability, and inclusivity in the sector.

The Victorian Museums & Galleries Forum will bring together staff and volunteers from the Victorian museum and gallery sector, museum studies and art curatorship students, and the national and international arts and culture community to hear from museum and gallery professionals from around the world, and learn about how museums and galleries can promote health and well-being.

Cost: $150 Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria members and students, $225 non-members

For more information, visit the forum website.

> Book your place now




Places of trauma and healing symposium, 18 November, Deakin Uni Burwood – call for papers: deadline 29 July

Places of trauma and healing? Managing the heritage of orphanages and care homes
Date: 18 November 2019
Location: Deakin Burwood

This symposium will focus on how best to manage the conservation of former orphanages and care homes with the dual purpose of meeting the needs of care leavers and former staff members, and helping the broader community understand the function and experience of such places. The organisers look forward to receiving abstracts of not more than 300 words plus a brief biography via email to Steve Cooke by Friday 29 July.

Deadline for full papers: Friday 1 November

More details at this link.


Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, Barcelona, 16-18 September 2020 – abstract deadline extended to 30 July 2019

The deadline for abstract submission to the 12th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC 2020) is 30 July 2019.

Registration and submission of abstracts should be performed online. Detailed information is available here. Please consider that only one paper submission will be allowed per presenting author.

You can email the conference Secretariat for any questions.

The 12th edition of the International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC 2020) will take place on 16-18 September 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. This edition signals the 25th anniversary of the SAHC conference series, which started also in Barcelona in 1995. The 12th SAHC conference will be held at Barcelona’s World Trade Center, a sea-view conference resort located in Barcelona downtown, near the Port Vell (Old Port).


* Deadline for abstract submission: 30 July 2019
* Announcement of accepted abstracts: 30 September 2019
* Deadline for submitting the full paper: 15 January 2020
* Announcement of accepted papers: 31 March 2020

The conference proceedings (including full papers only) will be submitted for indexation in the Data Citation Index – Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) and in SCOPUS database. In addition, the best papers presented at SAHC 2020 will be selected by the Organizing Committee after the conference for submission of expanded versions in the Special Issue of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage.

Follow us on the conference website and social networks (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter) for all the latest updates.


The fragment in the digital age conference, Germany, 13-15 May 2020 – call for papers deadline: 31 July 2019

We would like to draw your attention to a Call for Papers regarding a conference entitled THE FRAGMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE – Opportunities and Risks of New Conservation-restoration Techniques (Hildesheim/Germany, 13-15 May 2020). The conference will be organised by HAWK (Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Conservation) and the Hornemann Institute.

Submission deadline for abstracts is 31 July 2019.

For more details see the Fragment in the digital age_CfP_June 2019.


International Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage, Egypt, 31 January to 2 February 2020 – call for abstracts: deadline 4 August

IEREK (the International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange) is an organisation concerned with the dissemination of research through academic events such as conferences, workshops, international schools, as well as publishing.

IEREK is currently working on establishing the 4th edition of the International Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH). Following the success of its previews instalments, the CAH conference will be held in Egypt on a Nile Cruise travelling from Aswan to Luxor, with a program that shows the attendees the beauty of the Egyptian Heritage.

The conference is currently calling for abstracts, with a deadline of 4 August 2019. More information about the conference can be found at the conference website.

For participating authors publication is offered through the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation (ASTI) Book Series published by Springer in collaboration with IEREK, in addition to an online journal that hosts the conference proceedings.

For more information on the series, please visit the Springer website.

This specific conference has already produced two books in publication with Springer, as per the links below.

A Culmination of Selected Research Papers from the Second International Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH-2), Egypt 2018

Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts


Decolonising Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies conference, 13-14 November 2019, Deakin Uni Burwood – call for papers: deadline 31 August

It is now 40 years since Deakin University began its Museum Studies program in 1979. In celebrating this milestone, we are organising a conference that responds to the enormous changes over that time, both in the fields of museum practice and the wider field of cultural heritage. Given our location in Australia, a settler society, our focus takes its bearing from the increasing pressure on museums, archives and heritage places to ‘decolonize’ their practices and relations with Indigenous and First Nations People. The conference thus seeks to broaden and deepen the cross-disciplinary and cross-sector conversation about new practices, interpretations and lives for collected materials across the GLAM sector, as well as heritage places shaped by colonial contexts. Informed by histories of the production of colonial knowledge and responding to new and interdisciplinary directions in collection theory and research, heritage management and interpretation, this conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, industry partners, and artists to discuss the critical elements of working with and through collections and heritage places within a Decolonising impulse.

For more information on the themes, etc, visit the conference website.

We welcome submissions by 31 August 2019. Please send submissions of a 200 word abstract and 150 word biography to the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Team by email.




Review of Cultural Heritage Acts, QLD – submissions due by 26 July 2019

The Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) is undertaking a review of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003 and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage Act 2003 (the Cultural Heritage Acts).

The review will examine whether the legislation:

  • is still operating as intended
  • is achieving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other stakeholders in Queensland
  • is in line with the Queensland Government’s broader objective to reframe the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • should be updated to reflect the current native title landscape

The review will also examine whether the legislation is consistent with contemporary drafting standards.

DATSIP has released a consultation paper to facilitate discussion of key themes for the purposes of the review. The Consultation Paper is available at this link.

Submissions are invited and are due by 26 July 2019.

For more information, visit this link.


National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards 2019 – nominations open and close 5 August

Each year, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) awards outstanding projects and people that demonstrate excellence in the protection, conservation and celebration of Queensland’s environmental, built and cultural heritage.

The National Trust annual Queensland Heritage Awards are a prestigious acknowledgment of the quality of heritage work that is carried out across the State. The Awards seek to showcase the entrants and promote best practice, encourage innovation and collaboration, and celebrate the diversity of heritage places in Queensland.

For more information, visit this link.

The deadline for nominations is Monday 5 August 2019, 4.00pm.


Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program now open – applications close 7 August

This grants program is delivered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) over two annual grant rounds. The first round is now open and closes 5pm, 7 August 2019.

The purpose of the grants program is to rejuvenate Victoria’s botanic gardens by upgrading and enhancing the physical assets and amenities of the gardens and by growing the gardens’ important role in research, conservation and education. The program also aims to address the risks posed by climate-related rainfall and temperature changes.

Definition of botanic gardens to be supported by this grant program:

‘Botanic gardens are recognised as being gardens that are open to the public and which grow plants for public enjoyment and for scientific, horticultural, conservation or educational purposes. These gardens may include institutions holding documented collections of living plants for scientific research, sharing of seed and plant material, and educational display and interpretation’.

It is recommended that managers of botanic gardens included on the Victorian Heritage Register consult Heritage Victoria for advice if physical projects and works are being considered for any grant application.

Applicants may apply for an amount of between $20,000 and $300,000 per project, per grant round. All applications and project proposals must demonstrate some contribution; either financial or in-kind, not necessarily equivalent to the amount of grant funding sought.

For more information, visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.


2020 Keeping It Modern grant program – initial EOI due by 2 December

After six years of funding with 64 supported projects, the initiative will now conclude with one last international competition. Thus, 2020 will mark the final Keeping It Modern year, and will be the last opportunity to submit a grant application for modern architecture conservation planning. As a friendly reminder, Keeping It Modern is a fully international grant initiative. Nonprofit or charitable organisations from around the world are eligible to request support. Buildings must be significant, publicly owned, and serve a public function. Please note that grant support is not available for privately held or commercial properties. Projects that focus on deferred maintenance, rebuilding, or major reconstruction of lost fabric fall outside the scope of the initiative.

The Keeping It Modern 2020 timeline is as follows:

1) Inquiry letter: Between now and midnight on 2 December 2019 Los Angeles time, inquiry letters may be submitted via email. We strongly recommend submitting inquiry letters well before the December deadline.

2) Application: By 2 January 2020; eligible and competitive projects will be invited to submit a full proposal.

3) Proposals: Proposals are due by midnight on 2 March 2020.

4) Review process: Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts from the field.

5) Awards: Successful candidates will be notified in June 2020.

Detailed information can be found at the Getty Foundation website.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Manager Heritage Sector Services, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage Perth

Join one of WA’s most innovative and forward-thinking agencies and be part of something rewarding and exciting. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) is responsible for planning and managing land and heritage for all West Australians – now and into the future.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual for the Manager Heritage Sector Services role, within the Heritage Practice team. The Heritage Practice team is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic frameworks and policies of the Heritage Council, increasing public awareness of WA’s cultural heritage, and the delivery of grants and incentives.

The Manager Heritage Sector Services leads and manages the delivery of education, support and advisory services provided to the Heritage Sector, including local governments, state agencies, communities, institutional and private owners and other stakeholders with respect to heritage planning, conservation and management.

This is fixed-term appointment until 28/02/2020, with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. This is a full-time position, however consideration may be given to applicants seeking job share arrangements.

For more information, click here.

Applications close 4pm, 31 July 2019.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Assessment Officer, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sydney

Senior Heritage Assessment Officer position (EO9) at Heritage, Community Engagement, Department of Premier and Cabinet

This role involves the assessment of interesting and challenging development proposals related to heritage. Your previous experience in heritage will be put to good use as you will:

  • Assess moderate-to-highly complex and standard development proposals
  • Provide high level advice on the effective management and conservation of heritage items
  • Undertake compliance and enforcement activities
  • Prepare accurate and timely written reports, submissions, briefing notes and ministerial correspondence
  • Liaise, negotiate and provide feedback to a range of diverse stakeholders
  • Contribute to and implement work strategies to achieve business plan objectives
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of systems, policies and processes
  • Provide advice and information to stakeholders on emerging project issues and present recommendations to support project delivery

For more information, click here.

Closing Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019 [11:59 PM]


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

An opportunity has arisen in our Sydney office for a graduate level Heritage Consultant suitably qualified with a Masters in Heritage Conservation or equivalent experience.

  • Established team with strong career development opportunities
  • Be part of a truly influential and industry leading team
  • Brand new office in premium Sydney CBD location 

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 someone with a passion for heritage who is wanting to develop their career in an industry leading firm. As a key member of the team, you will be involved in conducting research across a diverse, high profile and challenging range of projects, contributing to reports and advice for our clients.

About You

As a Heritage Consultant there is a requirement to demonstrate an understanding of heritage principles in order to undertake a range of tasks independently and as directed in relation to the day-to-day operation and management of work in the Heritage team.

More information

For full details about this opportunity, view the full ad here.

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 at the link above. Or for a highly confidential discussion please call Anastasia Zappert, HR Consultant on (02) 8233 9982.

We are looking to appoint this position as soon as possible so encourage applications be lodged as soon as possible.


TENDER OPPORTUNITY Kamay 2020 Project – 250 years from the Meeting of Two Cultures, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has released a request for tenders for the design and construction of the Kamay 2020 Project commemorative installation or public artwork at Kamay Botany Bay National Park (KBBNP) in New South Wales.

On 28 April 2018 the Commonwealth and NSW Governments committed $50 million to deliver Stage 1 of the KBBNP Kurnell Precinct Master Plan to upgrade visitor transport, interpretive, educational and commemorative infrastructure at the national park. The funding commitment includes $3 million for a new installation or public artwork commemorating the 250th anniversary of the 1770 meeting between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of Lieutenant James Cook’s HMB Endeavour.

The tender is open until 12pm, 30 July 2019. Tender details are available online.

Stage 1 of the Master Plan, to be delivered after April 2020, includes:

  • a new visitor building with space for museum-grade exhibitions, cafe and education area
  • upgrade of the main visitor and heritage precinct, including an 850-metre wheelchair-accessible circuit within a revegetated bush landscape, upgrades to Commemoration Flat picnic areas and new interpretation signage
  • reconstruction of ferry wharves at La Perouse and Kurnell
  • conservation of the historically significant Alpha House
  • establishment of a collection garden to commemorate the work of the botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander

Contact Person

Nicole Butcher
Phone: 02 9585 6937
Email Nicole


SITUATION VACANT Scientific Officer, Australian Museum / University of Sydney

The Australian Museum has advertised an archaeology research position: Scientific Officer (equivalent to Lecturer B). This is a joint appointment with the University of Sydney (20%).

Temporary full time for a period of up to 3 years. There is potential for converting to a permanent position.

Role Description

To increase the impact of archaeology at the Australian Museum and the University of Sydney by undertaking an innovative field and collection-based research program in the archaeology of First Nations people, with a preferred focus in New South Wales, and engage diverse audiences in the history of the human past in Australia and the wider Asian and Pacific regions.

This role will further develop the research profile of the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) and of SOPHI within the area of Australian archaeology. S/he will supervise postdoctoral junior academic staff and postgraduate and honours students.

More information about this opportunity is available at this link and in the Final PD Scientific Officer USYD joint position.

Closing Date: 8 August 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Architect, Grieve Gillett Andersen, Adelaide – NOTE CLOSING DATE ADDED

About us

Grieve Gillett Andersen is an established and successful architecture practice based in the Adelaide CBD. We have been actively engaged in the heritage and conservation field for over 20 years. With a sustained increase in workload, we are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual who wishes to develop and contribute their experience and skills as a Heritage Architect within our team.

About you

This role requires a person with the following attributes:

– registered architect or eligibility to pursue registration;

– excellent writing and analytical skills;

– ability to undertake research;

– ability to undertake building condition assessments;

– experience in preparing or contributing to Conservation Management Plans;

– great client engagement and communication skills, and ability to work with clients, government employees, and other professionals;

– documentation skills (Autocad, Revit, and / or Sketchup preferred but not essential);

– ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, using Microsoft Office suite;

– knowledge of heritage and development legislation;

– good time management and ability to prioritise and manage multiple projects;

– a genuine passion for good design, and great heritage outcomes;

– a willingness and capability to learn from others and mentor / share knowledge with others;

– positive participation in and contribution to the collaborative culture at Grieve Gillett Andersen.

All levels of experience will be considered.

You will have a current driver’s license and the capacity to travel outside the metro area including some interstate work.

Remuneration will be commensurate with experience.

Applications or queries should be directed to Elizabeth Little by email in the first instance.

Applications close 31 July.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant, GBA Heritage, Sydney

GBA Heritage is a well-established heritage consultancy practice, respected for our role in heritage asset management, advisory services and liaison on heritage issues. Our multi-disciplinary team provides services ranging from conservation and adaptive re-use advice, skilled liaison with government bodies throughout NSW, and the preparation of heritage impact statements, conservation management plans, archival recordings, cultural tourism and interpretation plans, in addition to Land and Environment Court appeals. We have a broad base of private, corporate and government clients, offering the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of challenging projects.

We are seeking a highly motivated Heritage Consultant who can work both independently and as part of a medium-sized team of skilled professional staff.

You will have considerable experience in the heritage field with a good understanding of complex heritage assessments, a familiarity with the relevant legislation, excellent project delivery skills, including the preparation of coherent, legible reports. You will also have a strong track record of establishing trusted advisor/client relationships. Your role will include the provision of responsible, rational and creative expert heritage advice to clients, architectural colleagues and building contractors.

For more information, see the GBA Heritage Consultant – long form_July 2019 position description.

This position is full time. Those wishing to apply for this position are encouraged to send a cover letter and their resume by email to GBA Heritage.


PROPOSALS SOUGHT Bill Sewell Complex Signage Project, National Trust of Western Australia

Bill Sewell Complex, Gerladton signage – call for proposals

The National Trust is seeking a consultant to carry out site signage rebranding, content, design and community consultation for the Bill Sewell Complex in Geraldton.

Detailed information about this opportunity can be found in the Bill Sewell Complex Consultant Brief and also at the National Trust of Western Australia website.

Submissions close 10am, Monday 29 July 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage/Conservation Projects Manager, International Conservation Services, Sydney

We have full-time opportunities for Sydney-based heritage/conservation project managers to use hands-on project management and heritage skills in a wide variety of site-based heritage and art projects. Salary is commensurate with experience in the range of $61,560 – $90,480 plus 9.5% superannuation.

Our growing Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team has a variety of roles that are both hands-on and project-management based. These roles will suit people with a background in heritage conservation, who like to work on a variety of materials and projects, and who enjoy working outdoors with occasional travel.


You will be involved in devising and implementing conservation methodologies, preparing quotations and tender submissions, negotiating conditions of contract, managing projects and teams, preparing condition assessments and reports, and working closely with clients and subcontractors.


Conservation work undertaken by the Objects and Outdoor Heritage Team includes a wide range of work for public institutions and private clients covering heritage sites, sculptures, monuments and memorials, artworks, metal objects, organic and plastic objects, ceramics, stone and glass objects, and archaeological and industrial artefacts. The team also regularly consults on and writes condition assessments, maintenance plans and treatment proposals.


Site-based conservation and heritage projects form a significant component of the work, with a requirement for both hands-on technical and project management skills. Projects include conservation of heritage objects and materials in or on buildings, engineering structures, ruins, monuments, and outdoor artworks.

For more information, including the application process, see the ICS Heritage/Conservation Projects Manager position description.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.




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