Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 895


  1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Abstract Submissions and Registration Opening Soon!
  2. [NEW ITEM] Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 25 September
  3. [NEW ITEM] ‘Understanding the informal city, from the bottom up’, exhibition opening night, 23 September, Uni of Sydney
  4. [NEW ITEM] Culture Nature Journey workshop, 27 September, Canberra
  5. [NEW ITEM] SEMINAR: Global innovations for local impact I Design advocacy, equity, procurement, Sydney, 30 September
  6. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO Sydney Talk Series, 1 October
  7. [NEW ITEM] History Council of Victoria’s 2019 Annual Lecture, Melbourne, 2 October
  8. [NEW ITEM] The Trust Talks – The City: More than just an architectural backdrop, Brisbane, 2 October
  9. [NEW ITEM] Aspects of Modernism in Canberra, long weekend, 5 to 7 October, Canberra
  10. [NEW ITEM] Docomomo Landscapes Book – call for submissions deadline: 7 October
  11. [NEW ITEM] The #ClimateHeritage social media campaign is ready! Message from the ICOMOS CCHWG
  12. [NEW ITEM] Congratulations to Grellan Rourke, winner of the 2019 ICCROM Award
  13. [NEW ITEM] AICCM 2019 National Conference – Sponsorship Opportunities
  14. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums









1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Abstract Submissions and Registration Opening Soon!

Abstract submissions will open for the ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA2020) on 2 October 2019. Visit the Call for Abstracts page to find out more about the themes and presentation modes for submission.

The opening of registration will be Monday 4 November 2019. We are sure you will be delighted with the Scientific Symposium and Social Events, as well as the array of Side Events, Pre and Post Tours and more that will be available to you!

Want to stay up-to-date with all of the latest industry news and announcements for ICOMOS GA2020? Join our mailing list and visit our website.


2. [NEW ITEM] Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 25 September

Deakin University’s next Cultural Heritage Seminar will be a presentation by Dr Jason Gibson (Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University), on “Incorporating Museums into Kinship: Experiences from Central Australia”.


The repatriation of Indigenous cultural heritage is an ongoing and important development in Australia’s museum sector. Yet little research has been conducted directly with Aboriginal communities to understand the outcomes of these moves or appreciate alternative forms of ‘decolonising’ practice that might be desired amongst different communities. In this paper I provide an account of deliberations that have ensued when materials held by various museums have been offered for return to Arrernte and Anmatyerr peoples in Central Australia. Rather than emphasising immediate repatriation, there is often a call for museums to be transformed by an incorporation into social-cultural frameworks that emphasise kinship, complementary filiation and sincere partnerships. These assertations, while arguably less forthright than claims for the unequivocal return of important cultural materials, nonetheless present substantial challenges (and opportunities) for the collecting institution sector.


Dr Jason Gibson is an anthropologist and museum professional with over fifteen years’ experience working with communities in Central Australia. As a curator and researcher he has developed methodologies and technologies to improve access to items of high cultural value in Aboriginal communities and has a particular interest in peoples reconnection with song and ceremonial material. His first book, Ceremony Men: Making Ethnography and the Return of the Strehlow Collection (SUNY Press) is scheduled for publication in May 2020.

Free of charge. All welcome. Bookings not required.

Date: Wednesday 25 September 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


3. [NEW ITEM] ‘Understanding the informal city, from the bottom up’, exhibition opening night, 23 September, Uni of Sydney

A highlight of student works on understanding adaptation and transformation, through the lens of an informal settlement in Bandung, Indonesia

Please join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning for the opening of an exhibition of student research which highlights students’ studio work on understanding adaptation and transformation in an informal settlement (kampung) undertaken as part of the urban and regional planning unit, PLAN9049 Foundations of Informal Urbanism.

Understanding the Informal City from the ‘Bottom Up’ presents the work of 23 Sydney School of ADP postgraduate students from the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Urbanism, Urban Design, and Architecture, plus 17 students from the Bachelor of City and Regional Planning, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) University, who immersed themselves in an urban kampung (village) in Bandung, Indonesia, from Thursday 15 August to Saturday 24 August 2019.

Working with academic staff of the urban disciplines of the Sydney School of ADP and the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, ITB University, students identified and explored via fieldwork, studio and discussions with the local Lebak Siliwangi kampung residents the varying patterns emerging in: (i) housing adaptation and transformation, (ii) the dynamic public/private interface, (iii) the nature of livelihoods, (iv) rules and ordering principles, and (iv) the nature of human scale urbanism. Residents in the kampung take on the role of planners, designers, architects and builders in adapting and transforming their built and unbuilt spaces, and in this context the exhibition makes an important contribution to understanding the making and shaping of both the ‘Informal’ and ‘Formal’ City’ as well as implications for kampung improvements.

5pm, Monday 23 September 
The Hearth, Level 2, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd Darlington 2006

An Indonesian cultural show, light food and refreshments will be provided at the exhibition opening.

23 September – 7 October
Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm
The Hearth, Level 2, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd, University of Sydney

This is a FREE event, however please RSVP to confirm attendance


4. [NEW ITEM] CultureNature Journey workshop, 27 September, Canberra

Invitation to attend a mini-workshop: THE CULTURENATURE JOURNEY, 27 September, 8:45am-12:30pm

There is a growing recognition of the need for synergies between the future development of urban and rural settlements, mobilisation of indigenous and local knowledge, recognition and conservation of cultural landscapes and other cultural heritage places, and the successful conservation and restoration of ecosystems. 

The linkage between biological and cultural diversity is one of the untapped potentials for new dynamics to deliver the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, while responding urgently to the global crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and the loss of cultural diversity through globalisation. It has come to the fore as a powerful dynamic for transformation of the World Heritage Convention. Concern for both nature and culture (and inseparable “naturecultures”) is key to sustaining lasting place-based solutions, for conservation and development that respond to diverse visions of a good life and which are based on justice and inclusion. 

ICOMOS and IUCN have partnered to promote the interconnection of nature and culture through a journey of exploration and discovery that started in Hawaii at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii in 2016 and is travelling through to the ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney in 2020.

If you are in the Canberra area and would you like to know more about the CultureNature Journey and how to get involved then we still have a few places available in our upcoming workshop.

Attendance is free but please register at the eventbrite link below by Tuesday 24 September.

Where: University of Canberra, Building 7 Room, 07D35 Pantowora St, Bruce, ACT

Enquiries: by email to Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy

Cick here to register

Download the Culture Nature Journey workshop flyer.


5. [NEW ITEM] SEMINAR: Global innovations for local impact I Design advocacy, equity, procurement, Sydney, 30 September


Advocacy (as value), equity (as culture), and procurement (as quality) are critical contemporary issues for the profession. The Institute is delighted to host a talk by European-based Laura Lee, who will present global examples of innovations responding to these issues that can provide insight and inspiration for opportunities in NSW.

Laura is an international voice for integrated design education, practice and research. Her work focuses on the development and implementation of integrated strategies and collaborative programs between the academy, government, industry and the profession. She has lectured globally on issues concerning the relationship between design education, policy, practice and research.

Date & Time: Monday 30 September, 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), 3 Manning Street, Potts Point

Cost: AIA Members $15, Non-members $25

>> more information and bookings via eventbrite


6. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO Sydney Talk Series, 1 October

Policy, Power & the Cultural and Heritage Values of the Powerhouse Museum
presented by Kylie Winkworth & Jennifer Sanders, Powerhouse Museum Alliance

In November 2014 the NSW Government announced that the Powerhouse Museum would be ‘moving’ to Parramatta. The Powerhouse Museum has been based in Ultimo since 1893. What has followed in the last five years is the most sustained protest campaign in the history of Australian museums. The debate has clearly demonstrated the social, cultural and heritage values of the Powerhouse Museum in its context at Ultimo. This talk explores some of the major heritage and policy issues surrounding the government’s move to relocate the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta.

Kylie Winkworth is a museum and heritage consultant, with a particular interest in collections, movable heritage and the connections between people, places and objects. Her publications include Significance, a guide to assessing the significance of cultural heritage objects and collections, with Roslyn Russell. She is a former trustee of the Powerhouse Museum.

Jennifer Sanders had a distinguished career at the Powerhouse Museum. As a senior curator she was a key member of the redevelopment team, and from 1988 a member of the museum executive. From 2001 to 2009 she was Deputy Director, Collections and Outreach. Jennifer was a member of the National Cultural Heritage Committee 1999 – 2008. She is now a heritage and museum consultant.

Time & Date: Tuesday 1 October 2019, 5.30pm for 6pm start

Cost: Students $10, Members $15, Non-members $20 – book via eventbrite

Venue: The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre, 110 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney

RSVP: by Friday 27 September 2019. Bookings are essential as places are limited  

Queries: by email to Louise Cox

Australia ICOMOS, DOCOMOMO and NSW AIA Chapter members are all invited to attend

Download the Powerhouse 1 October talk flyer.


7. [NEW ITEM] History Council of Victoria’s 2019 Annual Lecture, Melbourne, 2 October


The History Council of Victoria’s 2019 Annual Lecture will be presented by Emeritus Professor Richard Broome, FAHA, FRHSV, of La Trobe University.

Mallee country, being semi-arid scrub country, has made living upon it difficult for humans but not other living things. This lecture will explore how mallee country was used by Aboriginal people from Deep Time to the pastoral era and how Europeans found, settled and often abandoned it as marginal sheep country. Living on mallee country revealed how Nature and Culture each shaped the other.

The lecture will be presented on Wednesday 2 October 2019 at 6.30 pm at State Library Victoria.

Before and after the lecture, Monash University Publishing will be selling copies of Mallee Country: Land, People, History (2019), co-authored by Richard Broome, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor and Katie Holmes.

Please visit the History Council of Victoria website to learn more and to book your ticket ($15, or $10 for Friends of the HCV).


8. [NEW ITEM] The Trust Talks – The City: More than just an architectural backdrop, Brisbane, 2 October

The Trust Talks – The City: More than just an architectural backdrop

“There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.” ― Jane Jacobs

In the age of place makers and city shapers, our speakers move to explore the city beyond its mere fabric and look at Brisbane with a different lens to examine: what forms the heart of a place?

Our speakers will focus on how people and their attachments to the past build connections to places and create a vibrancy that our cities are craving.

Beyond the conventional approach of the city as architectural backdrop, how do non-material aspects of places and their intangible values influence the way we interact with the built environment? How can we recognise the importance of the intangible values of places? And more importantly, how can we protect, conserve and celebrate them in our rapidly changing cities?

The Trust Talks are a series of speaker events that provide up to date, relevant information, discussions and debate about heritage and its place in Australia.

The Trust Talks aim to open the doors for innovation, collaboration and celebration of our heritage. Each talk showcases some of the industry’s brightest talents, who join us in exciting heritage locations to examine the issues involved with protecting, conserving and celebrating our built, natural and cultural heritage.


5pm: Drinks & Canapes
6pm: Talks commence
7.30pm: Evening close

>> More information and bookings

The event is proudly hosted and sponsored by 2018 National Trust Heritage Awards winner West Village, at West Village’s Bromley Room and carried out as part of Brisbane Open House Speaker Series.


9. [NEW ITEM] Aspects of Modernism in Canberra, long weekend, 5 to 7 October, Canberra

Join us as we delve into a wealth of fine and innovative architecture

In a series of guided walks, we are exploring the work of notable architects including John Andrews, Robin Boyd, Roy Grounds, Frederick Romberg, Enrico Taglietti and Ken Woolley.

Over the long weekend, we will be viewing some of Harry Seidler’s most important works, plus one of Australia’s finest Brutalist style buildings. In addition, we will be seeing important buildings on the campus of the Australian National University.

Walks will be led by ANU Heritage Officer, Amy Jarvis, and Heritage Architect Roy Lumby. 

Canberra provides a unique opportunity to explore individual residences, group housing and institutional buildings.

You can join us just for one or two walks – or all of them – it’s up to you. A range of ticket options is available, starting at $20 for members or $25 for non-members. 

For more details click here.


10. [NEW ITEM] Docomomo Landscapes Book – call for submissions deadline: 7 October

Docomomo International approved the preparation of a special thematic book on designed landscapes of the Modern Movement era. Docomomo’s International Specialist Committee on Urbanism and Landscape (ISC/U+L) invites Docomomo Australia members and supporters to submit up to 3 landscape sites for inclusion in the book.

The Book

The book will contribute towards an understanding of the significance of modern landscapes, their present conditions, and challenges faced in their ongoing viability or management. It will highlight the importance of landscapes within the context of Docomomo and from a number of different perspectives. In so doing, we aim to generate a book that will make the significance of modern landscapes more readily understood and accessible within the activities of Docomomo.

The publication will organise international sites under thematic chapters. The focus within each chapter will include current challenges and understanding, the present condition, and discussion of the conservation of sites.

For more information, see the Docomomo Landscapes Book_Call for Submissions leaflet. Please use the to Docomomo Landscapes Book_Word Template for Submissions make a submission.


11. [NEW ITEM] The #ClimateHeritage social media campaign is ready! Message from the ICOMOS CCHWG

In my most recent CCHWG (ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group) update, I mentioned that ICOMOS would be participating in the Climate Heritage Network’s (CHN) first #ClimateHeritage social media campaign. The goal of this campaign is to highlight the role of arts, culture and heritage in climate action; draw attention to the launch of the CHN MOU; and encourage organisations to sign up to the network. This campaign is designed to kick off on 17 September and run through 24 September. This coincides with the beginning of the Global Climate Strike (20-27 September) and the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September, among other upcoming climate events.

In addition to the ICOMOS Secretariat, I’m hoping those of you on social media will also personally participate in the campaign. The Climate Heritage Social Media Tool Kit Final explains the campaign. In addition, we have prepared banners and images for your use on platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can find those files here. For those of you whose organisations wish to customize the images (for example, by adding your organisation’s logo), we are also providing a parallel set of illustrator files and editable powerpoint documents.  One of the goals of the CHN is to make it easier for arts, culture and heritage organisations to plug into the global climate conversation, and we hope this kit will help.

Please share this information to your organisation’s social media team. Where possible, please alert your other arts, culture and heritage networks.

Andrew Potts, Coordinator
Climate Heritage Network Secretariat
ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group


12. [NEW ITEM] Congratulations to Grellan Rourke, winner of the 2019 ICCROM Award

ICCROM has the pleasure to announce the winner of the 2019 ICCROM Award, Mr Grellan D. Rourke, Senior Conservation Architect, Heritage Services for Ireland. A graduate of from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1977, Grellan completed a Diploma in Conservation 1978 at the Collège d’Europe, Brugge, before embarking on his career with the Office of Public Works in Ireland in 1979. Over the course of his career his major work has been on the consolidation, conservation and preservation of the early medieval monastic settlement on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skelling Michael, co.Kerry. Other key projects include the conservation and consolidation of three medieval castle complexes in co. Limerick and co. Kerry, Ireland. During the course of his career Mr Rourke has published widely on his work.

Mr Rourke continues to share his wide breadth on specialist knowledge with teaching and lecturing in Ireland both at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. He has also lectured abroad at York University, in Hungary, India, the United States, Bahrain and China. He has been a specialist consultant for the conservation and restoration of a medieval drystone oratory at the Glattjoch in Styria, Austria.

Mr Rourke has been engaged with ICCROM since 1981, from the time of his involvement as course participant on the Preservation and Treatment of Stone, Venice in 1981. Mr Rourke represented Ireland at the General Assembly since 2003 and from 2005 he was Council Member.

In this role, Mr Rourke participated in the drafting of ICCROM Governance Policies in 2007, which aim to assist the Council in playing its role more effectively. They outline the roles and duties of Council, and how the Council interacts with the ICCROM Secretariat, including the delegation of responsibility and monitoring. In 2012, Mr Rourke promoted, as Chairman of the Council, the development of ICCROM Policies in the following areas: Training, Partnership, Expert, Selection, Staffing, Secondment, and Fundraising in order to guide decision making in the implementation of ICCROM’s strategic directions; ensure consistency and transparency of decisions; and enable evaluation and assessment of ICCROM activities. In addition, he was involved in the Amendments to the ICCROM Statutes and the Director-General’s Selection Review Procedure.

In acknowledging Mr Rourke’s contribution to conservation in Ireland many strands must be brought together in an attempt to give some idea of just how multi-facetted his contribution has been both in Ireland and further afield. His input to the profession is inextricably linked to the organisations to which he has given time, energy, and above all expertise for many years.
Since leaving ICCROM’s Council Mr Rourke has continued to be a strong advocate for the Organisation, especially with other partner organisations such as ICOMOS.

ICCROM congratulates Mr Rourke on this distinguished and well-deserved award. Formal endorsement of the Award will take place on the occasion of ICCROM’s 31st General Assembly (30-31 October 2019).


13. [NEW ITEM] AICCM 2019 National Conference – Sponsorship Opportunities

The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) is the professional organisation for conservators of cultural heritage in Australia. Our membership consists of industry professionals, conservation students and related cultural heritage organisations.

The AICCM National Conference is a biennial event, which brings together over 150 professionals from conservation, preservation and allied fields. The goal of this conference is to provide a platform to present academic papers and discussions on a wide range of issues in conservation practice, from the highly practical and scientific, to the more conceptual and philosophical. This conference also offers a significant opportunity to create networks, foster learning and introduce new techniques and developing areas of interest.

At the AICCM National Conference 2019, which will be held at the Arts Centre Melbourne from 13-15 November 2019, we invite you to consider how we make our profession. Broadly divided into three themes – making conservation sustainable, innovative and connected – we want to discuss what excites you and what challenges you. How are we making conservation now and how can the way we make conservation shape the future? 

In order to ensure that the conference remains accessible to all, however, we are seeking corporate sponsorship from relevant organisations. Sponsorship opportunities are varied, but all will provide invaluable access to conference attendees.

We have prepared a prospectus of sponsorship opportunities for the AICCM National Conference 2019. Please contact Elizabeth McCartney (details below) if you would like a copy of the prospectus. If you have specific requirements or desired outcomes linked to your sponsorship, we are happy to provide flexibility and can tailor a package to suit your needs.

For further information about the conference and to see a draft program, please see the AICCM website. The conference will feature three days of presentations, panel discussions, posters and a trade fair. There will be welcome drinks on the Wednesday evening and an optional dinner at the delicious Charcoal Lane on Thursday. Day registration is available and early bird registration closes on 30 September. 

Elizabeth McCartney
President, AICCM Victorian Division
Committee Member, AICCM National Conference 2019
email Elizabeth


14. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums

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




Tasmanian Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Burra Charter, Tuesday 8 October 2019 – bookings open!

Tasmanian Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter
Tuesday 8 October 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Hadleys Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart

The Burra Charter, the bedrock for heritage practice in Australia, turns 40 this year! The Burra Charter sets out principles and procedures that have been applied throughout Australia since it was written in 1979.

In Tasmania, Australia ICOMOS is celebrating this milestone with a reception at the historic Hadleys Orient Hotel in Hobart on Tuesday 8 October 2019, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. We invite you to come and be part of this cultural heritage celebration.

The reception will also feature a small panel of heritage practitioners who are experts in different areas of cultural heritage and who will share their reflections and thoughts on their experience working with the Burra Charter, its usefulness, and how they think the Burra Charter might usefully evolve in the future. This will be followed by audience questions and comment.

Professor Kate Darian-Smith, a cultural historian and Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Arts, Law & Education at the University of Tasmania will be MC for the event.

Cost: $15, refreshments provided

Bookings: are required and can be made via Register Now. Please book soon as numbers are limited. Note that bookings close 2 October 2019

This is an Australia ICOMOS event. Australia ICOMOS however acknowledges the support of Hadleys Orient Hotel for this event.


Heritage of the Air conference, 14-17 November 2019, Canberra – registration open!

Registration for the Heritage of the Air ARC Linkage Project / Australia ICOMOS Heritage of the Air conference IS NOW OPEN!

Visit the conference website for information on the packed program, or skip straight to the Registration page to download the Registration brochure and register to take advantage of Early Bird rates, which are valid until 14 October.

There is a very exciting array of papers and presentations with over 80 abstracts accepted! Social events will include a Welcome Reception (evening Thursday 14 Nov), Burra Charter 40th Anniversary Event at the Shine Dome (evening Friday 15 Nov), and, on Saturday evening 16 Nov, a fabulous Conference Party with a mid-century mod theme, reflecting our much-loved venue, University House, and the Golden Age of Aviation. Pre-conference workshops are available on Thursday before the Welcome Reception and post-conference tours on Sunday 17 Nov. NOTE that places for some of the conference functions are limited despite inclusion in the full registration rate, so get in quick!

Also check out our discount booking codes for accommodation and flights, courtesy of Qantas.

Follow #HotA2019 and @air_heritage on twitter for regular updates!


Membership of the Australia ICOMOS Pacific Heritage Reference Group – call for EOI: deadline COB Friday 27 September 2019

The current membership of the Australia ICOMOS Pacific Heritage Reference Group (PHRG) has been in place for more than 3 years and it is time to refresh the membership.

The members of the PHRG each have high-level qualifications and/or experience in the cultural heritage of the Pacific region. The purpose of the group is to provide advice as needed to the Australia ICOMOS President and Executive Committee on any issues that arise. Issues may relate to specific sites as in the case of World Heritage Monitoring Missions, capacity building in relation to cultural heritage conservation in the region, or ‘framework’ issues as in the case of preparing submissions on legislation reform. This reference group does not hold regular meetings but is called into action as issues arise.

More information can be found at the Pacific Heritage Reference Group webpage. Please note that all individuals who express an interest in any Australia ICOMOS Working or Reference Group agree to be bound by the documents that can be found here.

Members of Australia ICOMOS are invited to express an interest in becoming a member of this Reference Group by sending a completed PHRG_EOI_August 2019_FINAL form to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email by COB 27 September 2019.

Young and Emerging Professionals with knowledge about Pacific issues, especially those who attended the 2018 CULTURE Conference in Fiji, and members from diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged to express an interest in contributing to the group in accordance with Australia ICOMOS policies.

For further information please contact Kerime Danis (PHRG Acting Convenor) by email or by phone 0414 421 035.


Membership of the Australia ICOMOS Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Working Group – call for EOI: deadline COB Friday 27 September

The current membership of the Australia ICOMOS Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Working Group (CC&CHWG) has been in place for some time and it is now due for a refresh. As Australia ICOMOS foresaw in 2007 when it held a major public forum on Climate Change and Cultural Heritage, as a side event of the eXtreme heritage Conference in Cairns, climate change and the impacts on the world’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage has emerged as a serious challenge facing the long-term conservation of our heritage. The international body of ICOMOS has responded to this with the formation of a Climate Change Working Group (currently led by Andrew Potts of US/ICOMOS). Australia ICOMOS would like to refresh our national CC&CHWG with a focus on climate change, its impact and mitigation, in relation to cultural heritage in Australia and within our Asia Pacific region. More information can be found at the Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Working Group webpage.

One of the first tasks of the newly refreshed CC&CHWG will be the development of a new Terms of Reference (currently in draft format) that reflect this focus and which also look at the way in which this working group can effectively liaise with and input into the work of the international working group. It is expected that in this way the working group members can bring the relevant work of Australia ICOMOS members to national and international attention and work to disseminate emerging knowledge, studies and practices in this field to our members.

This is a Working Group and requires active participation and a desire and commitment to develop and promote the relevant skills, research and projects of our members to support sustainable cultural heritage practice in the face of the risks and challenges arising from climate change. For this reason, although prior experience in climate change research and/or projects is highly desirable, it in not an essential requirement for membership of this group. Young & Emerging Professionals who are willing to play an active role in advancing the work of the Working Group are encouraged to express an interest.

Please note that all individuals who express an interest in any Australia ICOMOS Working or Reference Group agree to be bound by the documents that can be found here.

Members of Australia ICOMOS are invited to express an interest in becoming members of the Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Working Group (CC&CHWG) by sending the completed CC&CHWG_EOI_August 2019_FINAL form to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email by COB 27 September 2019.

For further information please contact Flavia Kiperman (Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee Member) by email or by phone: (+61) 0401 003 800.


UPDATED: NOTE DATE & TIME CHANGE – VICOMITES short talk series, Friday 11 October, Melbourne

VICOMITES short talk series – Friday 11 October 2019
Budj Bim, the World Heritage-listed cultural landscape

Australia ICOMOS members, and prospective members, are invited to a presentation by Damein Bell, a Gunditjmara man and CEO of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Damein will reflect on the journey that led to the inscription of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape on the World Heritage List (6 July 2019).

The cultural landscape consists of three serial components, and constitutes one of the world’s most extensive and oldest aquaculture systems. The Budj Bim lava flows provide the basis for the complex system of channels, weirs and dams developed by the Gunditjmara in order to trap, store and harvest kooyang (short-finned eel – Anguilla australis). The system provided an economic and social base for Gunditjmara society for six millennia.

Refreshments will be provided.

Location: The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton

Time: 6:00pm, Friday 11 October – NOTE DATE & TIME CHANGE

RSVP: by email to Adam Mornement by Monday 7 October – note that numbers will be limited to 35 people




Open Weekend: Camden Park House & Garden, Menangle (SW Sydney), 21-22 September



Camden Park House and Garden opens one weekend a year – in September when the Wisteria is flowering. That weekend this year is 21-22 September. Come along!

Been before? You’ll be impressed by how much has changed – been restored, repaired, revitalised, much of that through volunteers devoting their time and skills.

Never been? Here’s your best chance to do that. Don’t forget to stroll the garden’s extensive paths, check out the impressive stables, nursery area, shrubberies and more.

Details: Saturday 21 September: 12pm-4pm; Sunday 22 September: 10am-4pm. House tours; Guided garden tours; Macarthur History Talks; Devonshire teas; BBQ & Refreshment stalls; plant (rare ones), craft and gift stalls; Stables Cafe & collectibles

Entry Price: House and Garden: $22 adults/$16 concession; Garden only: $10

Enquiries: by email to Camden Park

Bookings: via the Camden Park House website; any remaining tickets will also be available at the door (but best to be quick to secure your place)

To get there: Follow the signs from Elizabeth Macarthur Avenue, (cnr. Remembrance Drive), South Camden… not far south of the traffic lights and bridge over the Nepean River

Download the Camden Park open weekend flyer.

Did you know that Camden Park is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register? (So is surrounding Belgenny Farm and the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute. But they’re another story, and open other days!)


Opera in Denbigh’s Barn, Cobbitty, NSW, Sunday 22 September

If you’re thinking of visiting Camden Park House & Garden open day on Sunday 22/9/19 (10am-4pm), you might like to go on to Denbigh, just up the road (The Northern Road, Cobbitty), about 10 minutes’ drive for this event.

Details: 5.00pm, $75 (includes champagne and canapés on interval)
Bookings: via Trybooking

Denbigh’s is a glorious old colonial farm, there since the 1810s, but with natural pockets of remnant ‘vine forest’ vegetation on the land, creeks and an ensemble of intact farm buildings and yards set in a charming, large, relaxed old garden. Well worth a visit if you’ve never been.

Also listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. Long held by the McIntosh family, and before, by the Hassall family.

Download the Opera in the Denbigh Barn flyer.


Making Sydney – taking the long perspective, presentation by Professor Philip Thalis, 27 September, Sydney

The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT invites you to:

Making Sydney – taking the long perspective
A presentation by Professor Philip Thalis

Sydney today is in a period of dramatic change – perhaps unmatched in its short history.

Aldo Rossi, the Italian author and architect noted that:

Of course, there are certain epochs or periods of time in which a city is transformed especially quickly … when the changes are impulsive and apparently unexpected… Certain catastrophic phenomena such as wars or expropriations can overturn seemingly stable urban situations very rapidly… In all cases many forces come into play and are applied to the city, and these forces may be of an economic, political or some other nature…

What’s needed in Sydney today is a reorientation of our city, making activities towards embodying the public interest, ingraining durable qualities, promoting genuine sustainability, adopting long-term thinking.

We need to champion good design at the heart of all projects and ‘planning’.

About Philip Thalis

Philip is founding principal of Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, a practice recognised for its design excellence and independence. He has 30 years’ experience in the design of public space, urban design, multiple housing, infrastructure and heritage adaptation.

Event details

Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007
Friday 27 September 2019
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Ticket prices

Free for Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT members / $25 for non-members / $15 for Concession & Student

Light refreshments and snacks will be served


Via this link

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“Con/servare Melbourne” Forum, 4 October 2019, Melbourne

Bookings are now open for the Con/servare Melbourne Forum to be held at the University of Melbourne on 4 October 2019.

Join PhD students, independent researchers and arts workers for a forum on the themes of location, relationships and practice in our work.

Launched in Cologne, Germany, in 2018 by three Grimwade Centre PhD Students – Julianne Bell, Ainslee Meredith & Eliza O’Donnell – Con/servare is a network for researchers and practitioners in conservation, heritage, material culture and related fields. The network is open to everyone who undertakes research in these fields, with a particular focus on the themes of location, relationships and practice.

The aim of the Con/servare forums is to bring together researchers in these fields to create connections, encourage discussion and facilitate collaboration among researchers and practitioners who would otherwise be disconnected.

When: Friday 4 October, 10.30am-4.30pm

Where: Arts West Research Lounge, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Session Facilitators: Ainslee Meredith (Location), Julianne Bell (Relationships), Eliza O’Donnell (Practice)

Bookings: free but essential / a light lunch and refreshments will be provided / click here to book

The forum will feature invited presentations from speakers in diverse fields, such as conservation, heritage, archaeology, architecture, art practice and curatorship, and design.

The forum provides a catered lunch and refreshments. Please advise the organisers of any dietary requirements at the time of registering or via email.

For more information: send an email to this email address or email Ainslee Meredith


Victorian Museums & Galleries Forum, 15 October 2019, Melbourne

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria) is hosting this event.

The Forum will be a one-day event dedicated to discussing trending topics in the museum and gallery sector. The theme for this year is the ‘Healthy Museum’. 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 in the sector, such as wellbeing, sustainability and inclusivity.

Date: Tuesday 15 October
Time: 10am-5pm
Venue: Deakin Downtown, Tower 2, Level 12/727 Collins Street, Melbourne
Cost: AMaGA Victoria Members $150, Students $150, Non-members $225

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European Architectural History Network International Meeting, 10-13 June 2020, Edinburgh – call for papers: deadline 20 September

The sixth European Architectural History Network International Meeting (EAHN2020) will take place on 10-13 June 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The venue is the University of Edinburgh, and the conference takes full advantage of the university, and the city’s numerous architectural sites. Visit the conference website for more information.

The call for papers (sessions) and discussion positions (round tables) is now LIVE. Visit the call for papers section for more information.

Deadline for submissions is 20 September.


The Best in Heritage conference, Croatia, 25 – 27 September 2019 – program online

The Best in Heritage
Dubrovnik, Croatia
25 – 27 September 2019

Annual, global conference featuring award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects.

In partnership with International Council of Museums (ICOM) & Europa Nostra with support of the Creative Europe programme.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website.


CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2019, Vienna – early bird registration close 30 September

Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT) conference
Monumental Computations: Digital archaeology of large urban and underground infrastructures
4-6 November 2019
Vienna, Austria

The schedule for the 24th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies is online.

To register for this conference, click here – note that early bird registration and payment are due by 30 September.


7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference, 14-16 October 2020, Israel – call for papers deadline: 1 October 2019

7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference
Hosted By the David Azrieli School of Architecture
The David and Yolanda Katz Faculty of the Arts
Tel Aviv University, Israel
14-16 October 2020

Papers are invited for the 7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference, to be held in Israel on 14-16 October 2020. The conference is held once every three years and attracts the field’s leading researchers and professionals.

Architectural finishes and color in the built environment give a place its vernacular uniqueness. Finishes connect the material/substance of a place and the life pulsing within it. Throughout history it has served as a tool for establishing local identity.

Architectural Finishes Research goes far beyond uncovering the color of paint layers, to providing historical information on daily and cultural life.

Previous conferences have defined research into these finishes as Architectural Paint Research (APR). We believe it is time to expand the definition of our research to include all architectural finishes. For this conference we will be addressing it as Architectural Finishes Research (AFR).

For more information, visit the call for papers webpage.

Submissions are due by 1 October 2019.


22nd General Assembly and Symposium “Building Peace through Heritage”, 13-15 March 2020, Florence – call for papers: deadline 15 October 2019

Life Beyond Tourism
22nd General Assembly and Symposium “Building Peace through Heritage”

13-15 March 2020

The Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco® and its International Institute Life Beyond Tourism® are pleased to invite you to take part and present an abstract at the 22nd General Assembly and International Symposium “Building Peace through Heritage”.

This is the biggest annual event of the Foundation’s Movement Life Beyond Tourism, which last March 2019 gathered in Florence over 250 participants from 47 countries. The 2020 Edition will widen its content:

  • scientific sessions
  • international showcases for cultural expressions of places: small businesses, artists and craftsmen, less known institutions with an additional dedicated session
  • side events
  • a Guest Country typical cultural expressions exhibition

For more information, visit the Life Beyond Tourism website.


15 October 2019: abstract submission due
20 November 2019: notification of abstract acceptance
15 December 2019: early bird registration
20 January 2020: speakers’ participation confirmation and delivery of the full paper


Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference, London, 26-30 August 2020 – call for papers: deadline 15 October 2019

The Fifth Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) will be held at University College London.

The conference theme – Futures – aims to engage seriously and critically with the often-stated aims of heritage to address the concerns of future generations, whilst also asking participants to think expansively and creatively about the future of critical heritage studies as an emergent field of focus across a range of academic disciplines.

Papers and sessions will explore a range of issues, including (but not limited to):

  • the future of critical heritage studies
  • newly emerging concepts, themes and methods for the study of heritage
  • the future of heritage management, governance and diplomacy
  • evolving and nascent forms of heritage, and how they might be recognised
  • heritage as future-making; the “time” of heritage and its relationship with the past, present and future
  • future impacts of climatological, ecological, economic, political and social change on heritage
  • future relations of natural and cultural heritage in the light of the recognition of the Anthropocene, and
  • the future of heritage itself

The Call for Participation is currently open and contains detailed information about the conference themes and subthemes.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 October 2019.


15th Australasian Urban History / Planning History conference, Tasmania, 5-7 February 2020 – call for papers: deadline 1 November 2019

Proposals are being invited for the 15th Australasian Urban History / Planning History conference to be held in Launceston, Tasmania from 5-7 February 2020.

Edge Conditions: Invented Peripheries, Hidden Centres

Conference theme: Australia is a nation of ‘coast-huggers’, with the vast bulk of its population residing within 50km of the sea. The geographical centre of the continent constitutes its demographic periphery. This apparent inversion, in which an edge condition fosters fecundity and the centre is displaced to a margin, neatly encapsulates the thematic focus for the 2020 iteration the Urban History Planning History conference. To be held in Launceston, Tasmania, a regional town within an entire state classified as ‘regional’ – a periphery of a periphery – the conference aims to explore the formation, conditions and potentials of edges, margins, peripheries and islands in illuminating the understanding of cities and urban phenomena. This thematic is open to both literal and metaphorical readings. The ‘edge conditions’ of the title may be understood in geographic, demographic, historical, spatial, disciplinary, or methodological terms. Geographically inspired papers may focus on peri-urban zones or suburbia, settlement and mobility patterns mediating edges and centres, forgotten projects or abandoned sites. Demographic approaches may highlight the experience and environments of marginalised groups, ethnic or religious minorities, indigenous or migrant communities. Edge conditions in historical terms may suggest thresholds or ‘tipping points’ associated with technological, institutional, or environmental change. Spatial and architecturally-oriented studies may consider how edge conditions at various scales may operate variously as transitional or liminal spaces, ‘terrains vague’, contact zones, public spaces, or delineations of culture and identity. Consideration of edge conditions in disciplinary and methodological terms invites productive engagements with alternate ways of researching the shaping of cities, whether through landscape studies or land economics; actor-network theory or action research.

Please note: Submissions on all other aspects of urban and planning history in Australia and New Zealand will also be welcomed.

In the interests of an agile process and a generative gathering, and taking a view of the value of conferences as spaces for developing work-in-progress, we are adopting a simple single-stage review process, reviewing and selecting proposals based on submitted elaborated abstracts of up to 600 words. Full papers and/or presentations will not be further reviewed prior to the conference.

We encourage work from doctoral candidates, early-career researchers, local historians, independent scholars, in addition to established and emerging academics from across the Australasian region.

We invite proposals for both individual presentations and grouped thematic panels of up to four presenters. Proposals for round-tables are also welcomed, and will be assessed on their merits.

Key Dates

1 November 2019 – Abstract submissions

15 November 2019 – Abstract acceptances notified

24 January 2020 – Paper/presentation materials submitted (for inclusion in conference pack)

Organising Committee: David Beynon, Helen Norrie, Stefan Petrow, Andrew Steen, and Julian Worrall

Enquiries: EOIs and enquiries may be made to the conference email address


The Heritage of the Modern Olympic Games conference, Munich, 7-8 November 2019

“The Heritage of the Modern Olympic Games. Historic Sports Facilities between Conservation and Conversion”
Munich, Olympic Park, 7-8 November 2019

In 2020, the Olympic Summer Games will take place in Tokyo, for which buildings of the venue for the Games of 1964 will also be used. In 2019, the year before the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, ICOMOS Germany and the City of Munich are organising an international conference about the significance of Olympic facilities for the history of architecture and sport, on the occasion of the Bavarian initiative for a World Heritage nomination of Munich’s Olympic Park of 1972. Under the patronage of the former mayor of Munich, Dr. Hans-Jochen Vogel, international experts will be presenting conservation perspectives for Olympic buildings of the 20th century and discussing the buildings’ potential to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The conference follows the slogan “Sharing Heritage – Sharing Values” of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and will be sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and the Media. The event will be hosted by ICOMOS Germany and the Bavarian capital of Munich, in cooperation with the Bavarian Monument Conservation Authority (BLfD), the German Academy for Urban and Regional Planning (DASL), the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the Verein “Aktion Welterbe Olympiapark”.

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Call for EOI for Fabrications’ reviews editor – deadline 20 September

The Editorial Board of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand calls for Expressions of Interest for the ongoing role of Reviews Editor of the Society’s refereed journal, Fabrications: JSAHANZ published in three issues each year by Taylor & Francis.

The Reviews Editor will work with the journal’s two Editors and support, as needed, those Guest Editors appointed to direct special issues.

For more information, visit the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand website.

Expressions of Interest are open until the close of business on Friday 20 September.


Tasmanian Heritage Council vacancy – Expressions of Interest sought and due 20 September

Expressions of interest are being sought from people with expertise in building surveying, engineering or history to fill a vacancy on the Tasmanian Heritage Council, in accordance with Part 2, Section 6 (1) (c) of the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995.

The Heritage Council fulfils an important role in recognising and protecting places of State historic cultural heritage significance, helping to facilitate their sound statutory management, and highlighting the value and importance of historic cultural heritage to Tasmania.

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply, in accordance with the Tasmanian Government’s Women on Boards strategy, which aims to improve gender equity and increase female representation on its boards, statutory bodies and committees.

Those interested need to provide a curriculum vitae that provides two referees and a statement that outlines knowledge, skills or experience of relevance to the position, including previous experience in contemporary governance and statutory decision-making.

For more information, visit the TAS Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment website.

Expressions of Interest must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 20 September 2019.


“Essence of Heritage” photo & video competition – entries close 29 September

Each year Heritage South Australia launches a State Heritage competition to inspire people to connect with and enjoy our State Heritage places. This year we have launched the “Essence of Heritage” photo and video competition with great prizes to give away! This year we have both open categories and schools categories.

There are 2,300 State Heritage Places and 17 State Heritage Areas in South Australia, but not everyone knows about them, why they are of significance and where to find them. Just by entering the competition, you will be helping to promote and celebrate our state’s heritage.

Essence of Heritage photo & video competition

Share with us an image or a short video of your favourite South Australian State Heritage Place or Area in four main photo or video categories, for your chance to win an amazing prize!

  1. Schools category – Photos of State Heritage Places
  2. Schools category – Videos of State Heritage Places
  3. Open category – Destination Heritage – Photos of your favourite State Heritage Place
  4. Open category – Destination Heritage – Videos of your favourite State Heritage Place


Student categories:
Family Tickets to Victoria Fossil Cave – Naracoorte Caves
Sailing Experiences on the One & All Tall Ship

Open categories:

A flight experience for 2 on a 1930s Waco Biplane
A flight experience for 1 on a 1940 Tiger Moth Biplane
A cruise on a steam tug – Yelta or Archie Badenoch

Finalists will be invited to an official Award Presentation and finalist photos will be exhibited at a prominent location.

Certificates are awarded to the Winner and Finalists.

For further information (Heritage Places/Areas lists, Terms & Conditions) and to Enter the Competition – click on this link.

Download the competition poster and read the Essence of Heritage competition Media Release.

Entries close at midnight, Sunday 29 September 2019.


Deakin University DUAL AWARD 2020: Master of Cultural Heritage and World Heritage Masters at Brandenburg Technical University – Cottbus, Germany: application deadline 28 October 2019

Celebrating our 40th year in 2019, applications are now OPEN for 2020 entry to Deakin’s internationally recognised post-graduate programs in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies.

We offer flexible learning options at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or online. For more information visit the Deakin University website.

Expressions of Interest are now OPEN for our unique dual award with our partners at the World Heritage Studies program at BTU-Cottbus in Germany. To join the 2020 cohort in March, please apply online to enrol in the Master of Cultural Heritage, and also send an Expression of Interest letter to Kristal Buckley by email by 28 October 2019.

For further information, visit our blog.


Opportunities for Scholars at Dumbarton Oaks – application deadline 1 November

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, internships, meetings, and exhibitions.

Residential fellowships for an academic year, semester, or summer are awarded in all three areas of study to scholars from around the world. In addition, Dumbarton Oaks offers one-month non-residential awards to researchers and short-term pre-doctoral residencies to advanced graduate students. A program of project grants primarily supports archaeological research, as well as materials analysis and photographic surveys of objects and monuments. Summer schools and workshops bring together students for in-depth study of languages, material culture, and theory.

For more information, see the summary information here or visit the Dumbarton Oaks website.

The application deadline is 1 November 2019.


‘Restoration Australia’ seeks restoration projects for upcoming shows

ABC’s new season of Restoration Australia is seeking restoration projects. Key details as follows:

  • They are looking for residential homes with historic or heritage elements that will be restored to their former glory to feature on Restoration Australia in 2021. The entire building doesn’t need to be a 100% restoration project but there does need to be a significant historic element or elements of restoration involved
  • They are looking for projects that will be starting ASAP or by the end of the year/early next year to be completed by Feb 2021 or Sept 2021 (that gives them 18 months to 2 years to complete)
  • They’d like passionate homeowners who are willing to share their restoration project with us and are happy to be filmed at several stages during their renovation/restoration. Over the course of the next 18 months they plan to follow the restoration journey of several homeowners, offering advice and delving into the past to discover and connect with the building’s history.
  • The show is not a competition; it is simply a celebration of these wonderful properties and the stories behind them. The size and budget of the project doesn’t matter but passion and history does. This is a great opportunity to showcase the work of everyone involved in the restoration process (builders, architects, designers)

View previous episodes of the show via iView.

Download the Restoration Australia casting call out flyer.

Apply to be on the show via this link.




SITUATION VACANT Senior Project Specialist (Heritage Recording and Documentation), Getty Conservation Institute

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) is seeking a heritage conservation practitioner to fill the position of Senior Project Specialist (Heritage Recording and Documentation), in the Institute’s Buildings and Sites department.

The Senior Project Specialist provides advice and guidance to all Buildings and Sites projects about issues, standards and best-practices associated with heritage recording, documentation, and information management, and identifies new methods, emerging technologies, or adaptions of existing tools to support the recording and documentation activities of the Institute. Specifically, the Senior Project Specialist contributes to and facilitates the recording, documentation, and information management components of projects and is responsible for defining recording and documentation needs for the GCI’s international projects in collaboration with the project teams. If needed, he/she identifies external specialist vendors to address project needs and reviews their work on behalf of the project teams.

For more information and to apply, visit the Getty Conservation Institute website.

The deadline for applications is 11 October 2019.


SITUATIONS VACANT Policy Officer and Senior Policy Officer – Historical Heritage (2 x roles), Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra

The Heritage Reef and Marine Division of the Department of the Environment and Energy is looking for people who have experience and proven ability to provide accurate and specialist historic heritage advice, deliver national and international heritage policy outcomes, administration of legislation, and efficient and effective project management, including (where appropriate) the ability to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

About the Role

As a Policy Officer/Senior Policy Officer in the Historic Heritage Section you will:

  • independently research and write clear, detailed heritage assessments and papers for the Australian Heritage Council
  • work in a team to develop and implement policies, programs and regulation for the conservation, protection and sustainable management of Australia’s heritage (with a focus on cultural and historic heritage) and biodiversity
  • undertake work that is complex or sensitive, and operate under broad direction whilst supervising staff (where relevant); exercise sound decision-making and apply good judgement to secure outcomes
  • promote and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders, community groups and business including to achieve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

We are looking for someone with relevant qualifications (eg. Cultural Heritage Management, history, archaeology, architecture, geography, planning); demonstrated high-level research and writing capacity; great communication, collaborative and interpersonal skills; and experience relating to the assessment, management and protection of Australia’s cultural heritage, specifically historic heritage.

To apply visit the Department’s online recruitment system.

Applications close: 11.30pm (AEST) on Sunday 22 September 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Conservation Architect, RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants, Melbourne

RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants Pty Ltd are seeking an experienced heritage conservation architect to join our team.

The position is senior and involves: research, analysis, design, documentation and contract administration of building works to places of heritage significance (both conservation and adaptive reuse works) and providing advice to significant historic building owners and authorities. Projects are diverse – primarily local, but also international and across all types including: commercial, ecclesiastical, education, civic, community, industrial and residential. The office culture is collegiate, cutting edge and research driven.

Required qualifications

· minimum masters’ degree in architecture

· minimum 10 years’ experience working as a heritage conservation architect

· a working knowledge of Australian architectural history

· expertise in remedial conservation interventions to significant heritage building fabric

· proficiency in contemporary and interpretive design and detail resolution

· proficiency in AutoCad, Sketchup, Adobe and Revit pref. + pencil and butter paper

· proficiency in sustainable design


Interested applicants please forward your CV to Roger by email in the first instance.

If you wish to discuss the position please call Roger Beeston (Director) on 0417 140 159.




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