Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 896


  1. [NEW ITEM] Vale Emeritus Professor David Yencken
  2. [NEW ITEM] Tasmanian Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Burra Charter, Tuesday 8 October 2019 – speakers announced!
  3. [NEW ITEM] Membership of the Australia ICOMOS World Heritage Reference Group – call for EOI: deadline COB Friday 25 October
  4. [NEW ITEM] Proposed Formation of an NSC on Twentieth Century Heritage – Meeting Canberra, 16 November 2019
  5. [NEW ITEM] Lost or found? Intangible cultural heritage workshop, 14 November, Canberra
  6. [NEW ITEM] NSW Conservation Management Plan process survey – participate by 11 October
  7. [NEW ITEM] NERVI with SEIDLER exhibition, Sydney, until 10 October 2019
  8. [NEW ITEM] Living Heritage Program – Successful Projects in Round 4 (2019-20) announced
  9. [NEW ISSUE] InnovaConcrete project newsletter available online
  10. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news
  11. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICOMOS
  12. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums
  13. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin










1. [NEW ITEM] Vale Emeritus Professor David Yencken

Dear Members & Heritage Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Emeritus Professor David Yencken AO, the founding Chair of Australia ICOMOS.  

An extraordinary man, Prof. Yencken was a powerful and visionary force in the fields of conservation, design, land and property governance and management, dedicated to preserving the best of the Australian environment, from the natural world to the culture of Australia’s Indigenous peoples and that of its diverse later arrivals.

I recently wrote to Prof. Yencken on behalf of the whole Australia ICOMOS family to congratulate him on the publication of his latest book, Valuing Australia’s National Heritage, and to offer our heartfelt thanks and great appreciation for his immense contribution to Australia’s heritage over many years.

His important role in the Hope Committee of Inquiry into the National Estate placed him at the birth of the modern phase of heritage conservation in Australia. Through his personal and persistent intervention, and ability to connect with the highest levels of government in a very persuasive way, this led to the establishment of the Australian Heritage Commission and ensured its early success and survival in often difficult circumstances. 

Prof. Yencken drove strong community engagement and education initiatives in the Commission’s work, and asserted their being as just as important as its legislative and funding roles. In a similar vein was the strong push to set high professional standards in conservation and heritage management which, with his crucial encouragement, led to the establishment of Australia ICOMOS. Prof. Yencken nurtured the organisation through its early years as Chair of Australia ICOMOS in 1976-78.

But Prof. Yencken’s ambitions were even broader, and he encouraged strong citizen-based bodies to take up roles in environmental conservation and education, which led to the establishment of groups in the fields of engineering and geological conservation, in garden history and industrial archaeology, all of which continue. He saw how important links to international efforts were, and played a role in Australia’s signing up to the World Heritage Convention – the very active part that Australians have played in developing the World Heritage system since then is partly attributable to this impressive legacy.

This short text cannot do justice to Prof. Yencken’s deep and broad contribution to conservation. But it will be forever remembered and appreciated. While the challenges seem as great as ever, none the less, Australia and Australians are the better for what he was able to achieve.

There will be a celebration of David’s life at 5.00pm on Thursday 3 October in the Architecture Faculty at Melbourne University. Australia ICOMOS members and colleagues are welcome to attend this event.

Australia ICOMOS offers its deepest condolences to David’s family, friends and colleagues.

Ian Travers
President, Australia ICOMOS



2. [NEW ITEM] Tasmanian Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Burra Charter, Tuesday 8 October 2019 – speakers announced!

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

In Tasmania, Australia ICOMOS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Burra Charter 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.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Jane Harrington – Director, Conservation & Infrastructure, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority and currently a member of the Australian Heritage Council
  • Brendan Lennard – a heritage architect with long-term experience in the field, including initially with the National Trust in NSW, but mainly with local government in Tasmania
  • Lesley Gulson – a landscape architect with an interest in heritage
  • David Parham – an archaeologist with an interest in planning at the local government level

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 NOW close 4 October 2019

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


3. [NEW ITEM] Membership of the Australia ICOMOS World Heritage Reference Group – call for EOI: deadline COB Friday 25 October

The current membership of the Australia ICOMOS World Heritage Reference Group (WHRG) has been in place for a number of years, and in accordance with the broader strategy of the Executive Committee for Australia ICOMOS Working Groups and Reference Groups, it is time to refresh the membership. Reference Groups are ongoing, but Australia ICOMOS policy is that membership will be refreshed at least every three years through a call for expressions of interest from Australia ICOMOS members. The WHRG provides advice to Australia ICOMOS on World Heritage issues when required. Currently there are no formal Terms of Reference for the WHRG, so one of the first tasks of the new reference group will be to draft these. 

There will be a spill of all current positions, except for that of the nominated EC representative (currently Australia ICOMOS President Ian Travers). Members of the WHRG will be selected based on demonstrated expertise and experience, although expressions of interest are invited from those who have a particular interest in World Heritage but may not have had extensive experience in the area. Current WHRG members are able to nominate to renew their membership. The final selection will be determined by the EC on the basis of a recommendation from a subcommittee. 

More information can be found on the World Heritage Reference Group webpage and in the EOI document (link below). 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 WHRG_EOI_September 2019_FINAL form to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email by COB 25 October 2019.

For further information please contact the WHRG EC representative Ian Travers by email or phone 0420 514 508.


4. [NEW ITEM] Proposed Formation of an NSC on Twentieth Century Heritage – Meeting Canberra, 16 November 2019

A number of ICOMOS members have suggested that it could be timely to develop a National Scientific Committee (NSC) on Twentieth Century Cultural Heritage. This would be consistent with the Eger-Xi’an Principles, which encourage the formation of such committees and they are supported by Australia ICOMOS. Indeed, several Australia ICOMOS NSCs have been formed.

A meeting will be held during the Heritage of the Air Conference in Canberra on Saturday 16 November to discuss this proposal.

The Heritage of the Air is a very Twentieth Century topic!

NSCs are intended as forums for Australian ICOMOS members to debate cultural heritage issues, promote professional development and share knowledge. They are intended to complement and engage with the work of International Scientific Committees. ICOMOS India has a very active Twentieth Century Cultural Heritage NSC and several other national scientific committees are in development. In Sydney, ICOMOS members have been running monthly talks with Docomomo for some years now, and there is clearly a lot of interest in modern heritage conservation!

Read more about the work of the international ISC20C.

Please spread the word to interested colleagues, and please let me know if you’d like to be involved in developing this idea, and also if you can join the discussion on 16 November. Written inputs and ideas very welcome, via the email link below.

Sheridan Burke
Secretary General, ICOMOS ISC20C
email Sheridan


5. [NEW ITEM] Lost or found? Intangible cultural heritage workshop, 14 November, Canberra

Lost or found? Intangible cultural heritage workshop
Thursday 14 November, 1pm-3.50pm, University House (ANU), Canberra

As part of the Heritage of the Air conference, this workshop will consider whether intangible cultural heritage is now part of ‘place-based heritage practice’ or is it still lost in the wilderness?

Join members of the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC-ICH) to unearth the intangible cultural heritage of place through selected case studies. Discuss what tools, techniques and guidance are needed by heritage professionals today, and contribute to a review of the Practice Note – Intangible Cultural Heritage and Place.

The NSC-ICH invites expressions of interest for short case study presentations at the workshop focusing on approaches to identifying/documenting intangible cultural heritage in relation to place. Please submit your EOI (with your name, institution, contact email and phone, and a brief description of the case study) preferably no later than 7 October by email to the NSC-ICH.

The workshop is free if booked as part of your conference registration or $50 if you are not attending the conference. Book via the conference website. Workshop places are limited

Following the Lost or found? Intangible Cultural Heritage workshop, we will be holding a brief Annual Meeting for the NSC. We hope you can join us.


6. [NEW ITEM] NSW Conservation Management Plan process survey – participate by 11 October

Dear ICOMOS Members and Friends,

The Heritage Council of NSW has engaged Positive Solutions to review and develop options to improve NSW’s Conservation Management Plan (CMP) practice and processes through close consultation with sector stakeholders.

A critical success factor for this project is the effective engagement with stakeholders. A number of interviews and round-table discussions have already been facilitated. This survey has been informed by these discussions and provides another opportunity of directly input into this review process.

Your completed survey will be treated as strictly confidential to the consultant. Data provided will be incorporated into future reports on a non-attributable basis. Your details will be collected only to validate responses, enable the distribution of following reports and facilitate any necessary follow up contact.

This survey is open and available to any peak body agents, internal stakeholders, government custodians, heritage consultants, asset managers, and private owners with an interest in CMP practice and processes.

Please complete the survey no later than Friday 11 October 2019.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Positive Solutions by email.


7. [NEW ITEM] NERVI with SEIDLER exhibition, Sydney, until 10 October 2019

EXHIBITION at Australia Square – NERVI with SEIDLER

Australia Square tower Sydney is hosting a smaller version of the exhibition “Designed in Italy, Made in Australia – Discovering the Australian work of Pier Luigi Nervi” until 10 October 2019.

Nervi was the engineer behind Seidler’s Australia Square tower, MLC Centre, Theatre Royal and CTA club in Sydney. The exhibition includes drawings, models and panels with previously unseen photos and archival correspondence. Curated by University of Sydney architectural technology lecturer Dr Paolo Stracchi.

Opening hours are Mon- Fri 10-5pm (including Labor Day 7 Oct) + weekends daytime. Note: Weekend daytime visit possible when concierge or security at desk. If the concierge desk is unmanned, access cannot be granted. For groups of 10+, security will reserve the right to ask for staged entry to view the exhibition.

Venue: Australia Square tower lobby (north side), 264 George Street, Sydney


>> more information
(NOTE: ignore map which shows previous venue)


8. [NEW ITEM] Living Heritage Program – Successful Projects in Round 4 (2019-20) announced

The VIC Minister for Planning recently announced 27 successful conservation projects in Round 4 (2019-20) of the Living Heritage Program. A collection of fragile objects from the Tatura POW and Internment Camp, a Gold Rush-era prefabricated iron hut and the historic homestead ‘Yurunga’ in Rainbow are among the significant heritage places funded. To date, the program has funded 120 conservation projects across the State since its inception in 2016.

The Living Heritage Program funds urgent conservation works to publicly accessible places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register. The 2019-20 Round of the program was highly competitive and applications were of a very high standard, as it was anticipated to be the final round of the program. However, the program was given a boost in the 2019-20 State Budget, which will bring the program into 2022-23. There will be a further three rounds of the program, and the next round is anticipated to open in early 2020. Keep an eye on our website (link below) for updates on the next round.

You can read more about the program as well as access the full list of successful Round 4 projects on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.


9. [NEW ISSUE] InnovaConcrete project newsletter available online

Read the first InnovaConcrete project newsletter.

The InnovaConcrete project (Innovative materials and techniques for the conservation of 20th-century concrete-based cultural heritage) aims to promote innovative solutions for the conservation of 20th century cultural heritage, especially concrete-built heritage, utilizing nanotechnologies. It is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage (ISC20C) is among the 29 partners of this project and will deliver a benchmark guidance document on the approaches to the conservation and management of concrete heritage.


10. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news

To read the latest news from Heritage Tasmania, click on the link below.


11. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICOMOS

Read the latest ICOMOS newsletter (issue 185).


12. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums

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


13. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin

To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin, click on the following link. (Please note that the applications for the Teaching Fellowship in Heritage and Museum Studies at UCL are already closed).




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.




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.


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.


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




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

Download the Philip Thalis – Making Sydney flyer.


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


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).


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.


“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


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.


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

> Bookings




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


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.




“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.


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.


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.


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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