Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 900


  1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Patron and Heritage Exposition Opportunities!
  2. [UPDATED ITEM] Become a member of ICOMOS and enjoy discounts on GA2020 registration! Australia ICOMOS membership applications due by Monday 4 November (deadline extended)
  3. [NEW ITEM] Call for interns: US/ICOMOS 2020 International Exchange Program – deadline for Australian applicants: 22 November 2019
  4. [NEW ITEM] Call for host organisations: US/ICOMOS 2020 International Exchange Program – deadline: 11 January 2020
  5. [NEW ITEM] AICCM National Conference: 13–15 November 2019, Melbourne – registrations close Monday 28 October
  6. [NEW ITEM] Interesting Uses of Local Government Collections, presentation, 14 November, Melbourne
  7. [NEW ITEM] Funding of up to $7,000 for humanities sector women available – EOIs due 22 November
  8. [NEW ITEM] Women In Design 2020+ conference, 8-10 January 2020, India
  9. [NEW ITEM] HOUSE OF DREAMS – winner of the 2019 Interpretation Australia Award for Excellence
  10. [NEW ITEM] Sustainable conservation of UNESCO and other heritages sites through proactive geosciences symposium, 10-12 December 2019, Egypt (Nile cruise)
  11. [NEW ITEM] Challenges of Conservation of Modern Built Heritage Symposium, 30 October 2019, China
  12. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums
  13. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin









1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Patron and Heritage Exposition Opportunities!

Australia ICOMOS invites Members and their professional organisations to support the 20th Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS in Sydney, 1-10 October 2020 (GA2020), as Patrons. Hosting GA2020 is only possible through substantial support from all levels of government and significant contributions from the private sector – and GA2020 needs your contribution!

The GA2020 Scientific Symposium theme of ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’ reflects the global context of heritage as part of cultural identity at a time of rapid population shift, conflict and environmental uncertainty. Shared stewardship requires agreed approaches to the sustainable protection, conservation and safeguarding of heritage.

As part of GA2020, World Heritage listed Cockatoo Island, in the heart of Sydney Harbour, will host young cultural heritage professionals at a Youth Forum, providing exclusive interactive opportunities to connect with the next generation of heritage practitioners. Another special feature, the public Heritage Exposition will be a central hub of activity throughout GA2020, showcasing heritage products and professional services.

We ask you to join Australia ICOMOS in sharing our unique culture, heritage and responsibility with the world at the GA2020 by becoming a Patron or through the Heritage Exposition.

Confirm participation before 29 November 2019 and your organisation will feature in a special Australia ICOMOS E-News feature and a related EDM – sent to the thousands of interested practitioners from the GA2020 database – showcasing the GA2020 Patron supporters.

To find out more about the representation opportunities that are available, see the GA2020 website, or contact the GA2020 Organisers on 02 9265 0700 or by email.


2. [UPDATED ITEM] Become a member of ICOMOS and enjoy discounts on GA2020 registration! Australia ICOMOS membership applications due by Monday 4 November (deadline extended)

Next year Australia will host the International 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS (ICOMOS GA2020), with the theme ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’, in Sydney, in October 2020.

Early bird registration for ICOMOS GA2020 will open on 4 November 2019. The early bird prices will offer substantial discounts to members of Australia ICOMOS. As a Full member accessing early bird prices, you will save up to $300 compared to a non-member (note: the early bird rate for Associate ICOMOS members is $920 – a saving of $100).

Now is the time for you, and your staff and colleagues, to become an Australia ICOMOS member! The application process is online and membership application information can be found at this link.

If you have any questions or need some help with the application or finding a nominator, please contact your Australia ICOMOS state representative.

Individuals who wish to become members of ICOMOS via Australia ICOMOS and have their application assessed this year should submit an application soon – the deadline for the last batch of applications for 2019 has been extended to COB Monday 4 November 2019.

Join now and be part of the amazing heritage experience coming to Australia in 2020!


3. [NEW ITEM] Call for interns: US/ICOMOS 2020 International Exchange Program – deadline for Australian applicants: 22 November 2019


US/ICOMOS seeks graduate students and those new to the heritage profession (within 3 years of graduation) specialized in historic preservation and heritage conservation to participate in the 2020 IEP. Participants will be assigned practical working internships, under professional supervision, with a public or private non-profit heritage organization. Internships for U.S. citizens are in other countries, organized in many cases in cooperation with the local ICOMOS National Committee. Internships for non-U.S. citizens are placed throughout the United States. US/ICOMOS organizes and manages the 12-week program from its Directorate offices in Washington, DC.

Positions are for interns with a bachelor’s degree (at a minimum) in a preservation or conservation-related field: architecture, landscape architecture, cultural resource management, materials conservation, interpretation, history of architecture, archaeology, industrial archaeology, public history or cultural tourism. 

The selection process for the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program is highly competitive; approximately one in fifteen applications is successful.

For more information, visit the US/ICOMOS Intern Program pages. The deadline for applications is 3 January 2020 – Australian candidates please refer to information below as different application dates and deadlines apply.

Download the US-ICOMOS IEP 2020_Call for applications flyer.

Please direct questions via email to:

Brian Lione
Member, Board of Trustees
Chair, International Exchange Program
US National Committee, International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS)
Contact Brian via the IEP email


2020 US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program – Australian candidates MUST apply via, and be current members of, Australia ICOMOS

Individuals who wish to apply for the above programme MUST BE AUSTRALIA ICOMOS MEMBERS in any individual membership category (ie. Full International, Young & Emerging Professional or Associate). While there are no age restrictions, the program is designed for those nearing the end of their graduate programs (usually 2nd-year students) or individuals who have been working professionally for 1-3 years. Those who are eligible must apply for the program via Australia ICOMOS. The program runs annually for three months, usually between June and August.

If you are interested in applying for the 2020 US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program and are not currently an Australia ICOMOS member, apply for Australia ICOMOS membership NOW – the application process is online and membership application information can be found at this link. The deadline for membership applications is COB Monday 4 November 2019 – please note that due to the very tight time-frames surrounding the administrative management of this process, this deadline will be strictly adhered to.

Individuals who are considering applying for Australia ICOMOS membership for the sole purpose of being eligible for the 2020 US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program should first read the Internship Program Overview information; note that the selection process for the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program is highly competitive and less than one in fifteen applications is successful. It should also be noted that US/ICOMOS strictly adheres to the eligibility criterion in terms of the experience level of intern applicants (ie. anyone in graduate school or individuals who are within 3 years of graduation) – please ensure you meet this criterion before submitting an application.

As a guideline, current or prospective members of Australia ICOMOS will need to submit their entire suite of US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program materials by COB Thursday 21 November 2019.

In summary:

  • if you aren’t an Australia ICOMOS member, submit an application by COB Monday 4 November 2019
  • we will advise you of the outcome of your membership application by mid-November 2019
  • current / prospective members of Australia ICOMOS – we’ll need your US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program application materials (what are these? click here to find out) by COB Thursday 21 November 2019 – but please don’t complete the google form until you receive instructions from us! In the first instance, complete and submit the US-ICOMOS application excerpt so we can get to know a little bit about you
  • we’ll then tell you more!

For further information, email the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat.


4. [NEW ITEM] Call for host organisations: US/ICOMOS 2020 International Exchange Program – deadline: 11 January 2020


The US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program (IEP) is a professional development internship that has been running since 1984. In that time, over 700 students and young/emerging professionals have participated in the US and 70 other countries around the world. In 2019, fifteen participants representing seven nations interned with six hosts in the US and three other nations. It is a transformative experience, both professionally and personally.

The US-ICOMOS Call for 2020 IEP Hosts letter details the requirements for applicants, and provides a link to the online application form. This information is also available on the US/ICOMOS website. Please share this announcement broadly across your networks, consider participating as a Host in 2020, and/or consider donating directly to the program.

The deadline for Host applications is 11 January 2020.

The program is hand-built each year by the IEP Committee, comprised of Trustees Caroline Cheong, Ellen Delage, Zoe Leung, Darwina Neal and Brian Lione. Applications for Hosts are reviewed by the Committee. The average cost to host an intern in the US is $7,700 for the 12-week summer. This cost covers the orientation and closing sessions in DC, room and board, and travel for each intern. The cost to be a Host can be reduced if a Host can cover some or all of the cost (free housing is a popular option for many hosts). 

Please direct questions via email to:

Brian Lione
Member, Board of Trustees
Chair, International Exchange Program
US National Committee, International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS)
Contact Brian via the IEP email


5. [NEW ITEM] AICCM National Conference: 13-15 November 2019, Melbourne – registrations close Monday 28 October

Hear from innovative keynote speakers at the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) National Conference: Making Conservation.

  • Brett Leavy (Virtual Songlines) on storytelling through virtual reality
  • MaryJo Lelyveld (National Gallery of Victoria) on sustainability principles for conservation: mitigation, adaptation and resilience
  • Matthew Butler (Monash University) on inclusive gallery access and practice for blind and low vision visitors

Hosted at Arts Centre Melbourne during 13-15 November 2019, 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. Plus, two optional tours Saturday morning: a Melbourne Street Art tour with local artists, and the Koorie Heritage Trust scar-tree walk.

Limited time? Check out our one-day tickets! Visit the event page for details + download the program.

Registrations close 28 October.


6. [NEW ITEM] Interesting Uses of Local Government Collections, presentation, 14 November, Melbourne

Local government cultural staff will share ideas for innovative presentations of council collections, including council art, heritage and civic collections. Hosted by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria).

Date: Thursday 14 November
Time: 2pm-5pm
Venue: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton
Cost: AMaGA Victoria Members $40, Non-members $60



7. [NEW ITEM] Funding of up to $7,000 for humanities sector women available – EOIs due 22 November

Residual funding is available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s humanities sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $2,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, engaging with challenge and conflict, creating future focus, leading authentically and driving performance.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for humanities sector women, but has to be allocated by the end of 2019.

How to register

At this stage, Expressions of Interest are being sourced until 22 November via this link.

We encourage Australia ICOMOS members and friends to take this opportunity to register.

The initiative

For fifteen years, WLA has been developing female leadership and supporting the presence of women in business and community leadership roles.


8. [NEW ITEM] Women In Design 2020+ conference, 8-10 January 2020, India

Women In Design 2020+ is an International Conference and Exhibition curated by The HECAR Foundation, which aims to share stories of women around the world who have excelled in the field of architecture, construction and other related design fields.

To push the boundaries of architecture and design, the conference will delve into discussions on a wide spectrum of disciplines such as photography, art, film and literature that relates to the architectural profession.

Over three days, women from India and around the globe will share their work, thoughts and ideas. The event will showcase the immense capabilities, accomplishments and innovative genetic abilities of women in architecture and design that will be a landmark event for both women and men architects, design professionals, students and enthusiasts.

For more information, visit the Women In Design 2020+ website and/or download the Women In Design 2020+ brochure.


9. [NEW ITEM] HOUSE OF DREAMS – winner of the 2019 Interpretation Australia Award for Excellence

Together with Barking Spider Visual Theatre, The Johnston Collection (TJC) would like to announce that House Of Dreams, an art-based multi-media installation exhibited in Fairhall in 2016, is a winner of the 2019 Interpretation Australia Award for Excellence. 

“…Boldly knock on the front door of Fairhall exhibition house, and step into a house of dreams and nightmares…”

House of Dreams was curated by Barking Spider Visual Theatre (BSVT) for The Johnston Collection as a site-specific installation, integrating new sound and lighting design, creative writing, paper-cutting and kinetic, performer-less shadow puppetry. Room-by-room, BSVT artists interpreted Fairhall and its objects, as noted 19th century psychiatrist Carl Jung’s dream theories and principals as the interpretation modality.

“…You alight the blood-red staircase and enter an uncanny room; do you see monsters or fairies? Is this a dream or a nightmare? The lights dim further as you manoeuvre your way through gently laid bones, grit, decay, sequins and gold. You finally make your way into the Safe House, only to realise that you are too big to fit in the space, so you’re left outside, forever peering in, unable to reach the just audible child hiding deep within…”

Thank you to Penelope Bartlau, artistic director, co-designer and writer of this extraordinary project and her brilliant team, including Kyoko Imazu (visual artist), Jason Lehane (co-designer and lighting designer) and Darius Kedros (sound designer).

The Johnston Collection and Barking Spider Visual Theatre wish to acknowledge and thank The Friends of TJC for their generous contribution supporting this project and Irwin & McLaren Bookbinders for their assistance.

A warm congratulations to all the winners and nominees of this years Interpretation Australia Awards of Excellence!

Read more about the award.

Revisit the exhibition here.


10. [NEW ITEM] Sustainable conservation of UNESCO and other heritages sites through proactive geosciences symposium, 10-12 December 2019, Egypt (Nile cruise)

Date & Venue of the Symposium

The Symposium will be organized during the period of 10-12 December 2019. Arrival date in Egypt shall be 9 December and departure from Egypt 13 December 2019.

The Symposium will take place on an exclusive cruise on the Nile between Luxor (check-in 9 December) and Assuan (check-out 13 December).


  • Day 1 (9 December): Arrival to Luxor and East bank
  • Day 2 (10 December): West bank (Valley of the kings, Hatsepsut, Memnon colossi). Afternoon cruise to Esna
  • Day 3 (11 December): Edfu and Kom Ombo
  • Day 4 (12 December): Aswan sightseen (Philae, unfinished obelisk)
  • Day 5 (13 December): Optional trip to Abu Symbel

Organizing lnstitutions

Embassy of ltaly in Egypt
Academy of Scientific Research & Technology (ASRT)
National Research lnstitute for Astronomy & Geophysic (NRIAG)
UNESCO Chair for the Prevention and Sustainable Management of Geo-Hydrological Hazards, University of Florence, ltaly

More information can be found at this website or in the Nile Cruise 2019 Symposium flyer.


11. [NEW ITEM] Challenges of Conservation of Modern Built Heritage Symposium, 30 October 2019, China

The College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, invites you to this event.

See the 100 Bauhaus @ Wenyuan 65 poster for more information.


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.




Burra Charter 40th Anniversary celebration, Canberra, 15 November

In the 40th anniversary year of the Burra Charter and in conjunction with its national conference on the theme of Heritage of the Air, Australia ICOMOS is pleased to host a celebratory event to mark this occasion.

A highlight of this reception, with drinks and nibbles, will be a presentation on Australia’s latest World Heritage property – Budj Bim in western Victoria, which was inscribed in July 2019. Australia ICOMOS is delighted that Denis Rose, Land Manager at the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Corporation, has agreed to speak about the World Heritage journey for this remarkable Indigenous heritage place.


Time & date: 6.15 – 8.00 pm, Friday 15 November 2019
Location: Shine Dome (National Heritage listed), 15 Gordon Street, Acton, ACT
Entry: Free for Australia ICOMOS members (all categories); Others – $30 + booking fee
Bookings: via this link

Download the BurraCharter-40th AnniversaryCelebration-15Nov flyer.


Supported by the Getty Conservation Institute


Review of the Practice Note – Intangible Cultural Heritage and Place – take a short survey by 31 October

At the launch of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Place Practice Note in Canberra in October 2017, we proposed to seek feedback from Australia ICOMOS members and other heritage practitioners. The key questions are: how are you using the Practice Note and is it effective in guiding your heritage practice?

We are calling for feedback on the Practice Note in the lead up to our workshop on 14 November through a short online survey. The survey will take around 10 minutes: it is open now and closes at 6pm on 31 October 2019.

The survey is anonymous. Alternatively you can send an email to the National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Heritage of the Air conference, 14-17 November 2019, Canberra

The 2019 Heritage of the Air conference program will feature and exciting array of speakers, workshops, social events and tours. The conference will be held at University House, Canberra from 14-17 November. Find out more about the venue, accommodation and getting there.

Workshops are filling fast! Included in full registration, you can find information on our Oral History, Intangible Cultural Heritage and Digital Heritage Workshops here. You may also like purchase a ticket to our special Masterclass with the Martini Whisperer!

The Conference Party will be a Canberra Modern style throwback to the Golden Age of flying; tickets for this fabulous event can be added to your conference registration. We are also offering Welcome Drinks, featuring “Company B” and a 40th Anniversary Burra Charter event. Find more about our unique conference events here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this lively and thought-provoking celebration of Heritage of the Air. Registration details available here.

This conference is brought to you by the Heritage of the Air ARC Linkage team, Australia ICOMOS, University of Canberra, ISC 20C, Airservices Australia, Canberra Modern and Aviation Cultures.




Open House returns to Bendigo – 26 & 27 October 2019

The Open House Bendigo building list is now live! Filter through your favourite buildings below, and start planning your Bendigo Weekend. Read everything you need to know to find out more.

Some buildings require pre-booking due to their limited capacity, with a $5 commitment fee to reserve your place. Bookings open 8.30am, Monday 14 October, sharp.

Open House Bendigo is presented in partnership with City of Greater Bendigo.

Visit the Open House website for more information.


Bronte House Open Weekend, 26 & 27 October 2019, Sydney

Before there was a suburb named Bronte, there was an estate named…Charlotte? Anne? Duke of (Bronte)? This house, garden and ‘core’ of the former estate are listed on the NSW State Heritage Register, as a ‘marine villa’.

… of a style not commonly found in Australian Colonial architecture, with its superb siting and substantial garden it is a significant essay in the picturesque. The property has connections with colonial architect Mortimer Lewis and more importantly with Robert Lowe, later created Viscount Sherbrooke. It is especially notable stylistically as an individual mid-Victorian design reflecting a romantic and picturesque interpretation of the medieval past. It is substantially intact and retains its outstanding original setting. Bronte House is the oldest known residence in the Waverley Council area. Sources: Dowd, pp. 154-161. Kerr J, Broadbent J, Gothic Taste in the Colony of New South Wales, p. 107.

A historic, extremely rare, picturesque garden constructed in a naturally irregular site as a setting for an equally picturesque colonial house by one of the colony’s rarest inhabitants – a cultivated lady. (James Broadbent for National Trust of Australia, 1981)

Bronte House is one of Australia’s most picturesque surviving colonial residences and dates back to 1845. Built in the ‘Gothick’ taste so fashionable in the late 18th & early 19th centuries it is a perfect example of the cottage ornee, not a mansion but a romantic retreat from more formal city life. Its restored and adapted garden is now a small scale botanic garden, a repository for rare and beautiful plants, and one of Australia’s best new private gardens. (Schofield, 2002).

470 Bronte Road, Bronte
10am to 2pm, both days
$2 entry fee

Insider tip: don’t bother driving – catch a bus: they’re frequent and go past the gate, with cafes etc 5mins away.

Courtesy of Waverley Council and residents Wes & Anna van der Gardner.

>> more information


Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 30 October

Deakin University’s next Cultural Heritage Seminar will be a presentation by Dr Alexandra Roginski (Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University) on “Somatic histories, stolen remains and contemporary Indigenous art in the settler-colonial state”.


The histories of European researchers, doctors and collectors exhuming and hoarding Indigenous ancestral remains ripple through public memory as some of the greatest transgressions of western knowledge practices. Since the 1960s, Indigenous activists and groups, and (increasingly) the settler state have sought to remediate the material legacies of these practices by campaigning for the repatriation and respectful reburial of ancestral remains still held in historical collections. The symbolic powers of these narratives of bodily desecration resonate through the respective works of Daniel Boyd and Brook Andrew, who hold dual roles in Australian culture as celebrated Indigenous artists and contributors to public memory. As examples of what I call “somatic histories”, many of their works localise stories of past transgressions – together with the lived experience and aspirations of present-day Indigenous Australians – within human remains. In charting connections between historical violence and contemporary Australian life, they ultimately challenge the settler state’s search for symbolic closure.


Dr Alexandra Roginski is a research fellow with the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Her work spans history of science, anthropology and heritage studies, and she completed her PhD through the ANU in 2018. She is the author of The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (Monash University Publishing, 2015).

Free of charge. All welcome. Bookings not required.

Date: Wednesday 30 October 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


National Trust of Australia (ACT) Heritage Awards, 30 October, Canberra

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s presentation and to hear about the projects submitted for this year’s awards.

National Trust of Australia (ACT) Heritage Awards Presentation Night 2019
30 October 2019
5:45 pm-7:30 pm

CMAG Theatrette, 176 London Circuit, Canberra City.

Drinks & Nibbles from 5.45 to 6.15pm. Presentation by Minister Mick Gentleman from 6.15 to 7.00pm and drinks to 7.30pm.

Please RSVP by email (for catering purposes) by Monday 28 October.

Download the invitation


Art handling and Installation workshop, 31 October, Melbourne

Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria) invites you to attend this event.

Join Joseph Dawson from TITLE UNTITLED to gain practical insights from a professional Gallery Technician, preparing two dimensional and three dimensional art works for display, safe handling of artworks and installation techniques.

Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 1.30pm-4.30pm
Venue: Res Artis, 44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood
Cost: Members $60, Students $60, Non-members $120



Back to the Future: A Place for Emotional Significance within Urban Conservation? talk, 31 October, University of Sydney

Join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning in discussion with visiting Professor of Urban Studies, Rebecca Madgin, from the University of Glasglow.

The heritage sector has continually evolved its thinking with regards to the value and significance of the historic environment. Largely this has been achieved through seminal interventions such as the Burra Charter, which along with international charters such as the Nara Document on Authenticity and the Quebec Declaration and national strategies including Our Place in Time (Scotland, 2014) have shifted thinking around why the past matters.

Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 6.00pm, refreshments from 5.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 250, Level 2, Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney 2006

About Rebecca Madgin

Rebecca Madgin is Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. Rebecca is an urban historian who works broadly on the relationship between heritage and place-making. More specifically, Rebecca’s research examines the emotional and economic values of heritage in the context of urban redevelopment initiatives and she has published work on examples of heritage-led redevelopment initiatives in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries using examples drawn from the UK, Europe and China.

>>more information

>>free but please register


Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow, 31 October, Hobart – registration open

TAS Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow
Thursday 31 October 2019 | 5.30pm – 7.30pm | Australian Institute of Architects (TAS) 1/19A Hunter Street, Hobart

As part of Open House Hobart 2019, Prince’s Trust Australia, Australian Institute of Architects (TAS), Heritage Tasmania and the International Network of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism invite you to join us for our next Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow in Hobart this October.

Jennifer Nichols, Executive Director for the Australian Institute of Architects (TAS) will facilitate an evening of networking, presentations and a panel discussion exploring the importance of sustainable urbanism and place-making in ‘Doing Density Well’.

Panel Members

  • Justin Hewitt – Director of Sustainable Communities | Prince’s Trust Australia
  • Deirdre MacDonald – Heritage Advisor | Heritage Tasmania
  • Leigh Woolley – Architect | Australian Institute of Architects
  • Megan Baynes – Urbanist | Australian Institute of Architects

Click here for more information and to register.

Free Entry: Inclusive of light food and drinks


Open House Sydney, 2 November – new Focus Tours announced!

Discover micro-houses, warehouse conversions and an innovative science and learning institute in our exciting new release for Focus Tours on Saturday 2 November.

Every Focus Tour ticket purchased by midnight on 27 October will go into the draw to win a double pass to climb St Mary’s Cathedral Bell Tower.

Click here for more information.


Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow – Perth | Doing Density Well | 7 November

Prince’s Trust Australia, Curtin University, Government Architect WA, Climate Clever and the International Network of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) invite you to join us for our next Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow event in Perth this November.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, The Australian National Outlook Report and many other studies all identify the built environment as a critical area in which to address the challenges of climate change and population growth. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests the population of Perth may exceed 3.5 million people by 2050 requiring an estimated 800,000 new homes with supporting services and infrastructure. How do we manage the pressure of increasing urban density and minimise the impacts of development on the environment? How do we manage our existing places and build new places that not only meet the need for additional housing but creates socially sustainable and resilient communities?

Sandra Brewer, WA Executive Director for the Property Council of Australia, will facilitate an evening of networking, presentations and a panel discussion exploring the importance of sustainable urbanism and place making in ‘Doing Density Well’.


Thursday 7 November 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm AWST
Curtin University – Old Perth Technical School, 137 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Free admission: Inclusive of light food and drinks

>> more information / bookings


“Future directions in heritage” Panel Discussion / Wine & Cheese event, 8 November, Sydney

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. NSW invites you to their “Future directions in heritage” Panel Discussion / Wine & Cheese event.


  • Dr Steve Brown – ICOMOS GA2020 Scientific Symposium Co-chair; lead author Budj Bim Cultural Landscape World Heritage Nomination
  • Dr Paul Irish – Historian, archaeologist; director Coast History & Heritage; author of: Hidden in Plain View. The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney
  • Dr Marjorie Sullivan – Geographer; former Cultural Resources Manager NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Southeast Region; Professor of Geography, UPNG; AusAID in-house Environment Adviser

Friday 8 November
6.30pm for 7pm
Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street, Ashfield

Entry by donation – all proceeds go to The Refugee Art Project
Please RSVP by 1 November 2019 to Michael Lever by email

Download the Future directions_AACAI event flyer.


John Andrews x Tim Ross: Public Conversation, Canberra, 13 November

Internationally acclaimed architect, John Andrews, will be joined by Tim Ross, creator of the award-winning ABC series Streets of Your Town, in a public conversation to discuss John’s work and architectural legacy. The event will begin with a screening of a 1979 Film Australia documentary film.

Light refreshments will be served after the event.

Date & time: 6pm, Wednesday 13 November
Venue: ANU Kambri Cinema Cultural Centre Kambri (ANU Building 153)
Cost: $25

More information / bookings via this link.


Australia House and visions of an Imperial London talk, 22 November, Sydney

Australia House and visions of an Imperial London – a presentation by art historian and author Eileen Chanin
hosted by the Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT

Australia House in London, officially opened in 1918 by King George V, was built to be the pride of the Commonwealth in London – to ‘raise the thought and touch the heart’ of all who saw it.

Today, it is a Grade II listed building, and still a prominent landmark on the Strand, one of the busiest parts of the city.

How did it end up there?

What visions of the British Empire and of London itself was it intended to realise?

And what is its significance as heritage, and as both a site and a symbol of relations between Britain and Australia?

From the point of view of public diplomacy, is it still capable of ‘Telling Australia’s Story to the World’?

About the presenter

Dr. Eileen Chanin is author of Capital Designs: Australia House and Visions of an Imperial London (2018). She is a Research Associate at the Australian Studies Institute (ANU), and recent Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Australian Studies, King’s College London (2016-2017), where she was also Menzies Foundation Fellow (2015) and Rydon Fellow (2014).

Light refreshments will be served.

Date & time: 6:30–8:00 pm, 22 November 2019
Location: The Australian Institute of Architects Auditorium, Tusculum, 3 Manning St, Potts Point
Cost: $15-25
Bookings: via this link




Geocultural Futures panel session @ ACHS Conference, London, 26-30 August 2020 – call for papers: deadline 25 October 2019

Geocultural Futures – ACHS Conference
Panel @ 5th Biennial Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) Conference on the theme ‘Futures’
UCL, London, 26-30 August 2020

Today geocultural pasts lie at the heart of international affairs. In Europe, Brexit is first and foremost a geocultural question, to remain or to depart? How to (re)unite – as a country, a kingdom or as a region – seems the profoundly challenging question.

In an increasingly multipolar world, civilisation has returned as a platform for dialogue. Museums and heritage sites look to post-national discourses to craft geocultural citizens. China’s highly ambitious Belt and Road Initiative draws on one of the most compelling geocultural forms of modern times, the Silk Road, to build alliances and new cooperative futures across more than 70 countries. In Russia’s Eurasianism, and Modi’s use of Buddhist and Hindu geocultures for India’s foreign policy, are we seeing a new politics of heritage and history emerge, or a circling back to previous pan-regionalisms?

This panel takes the geocultural as its analytical starting point for investigating key trends in international and regional affairs. How are we to conceptualise and analyse the geopolitical, localised and minority consequences of geocultural heritage? In today’s multilateral trade and diplomacy architecture, geoculturalisms continue to gain currency and funding, manifest in the language of ‘shared heritage’ or cultural routes and corridors. The Maritime Silk Road is an ascendent geostrategic concept that links East Asia, East Africa and the Mediterranean, bringing maritime histories into focus through tourism and its infrastructures.

The concept of geocultural heritage can help us reframe questions of empire, citizenship, borders; look beyond the national and grapple with the emergent forces of competition and collaboration through which politics, places, and identities are being forged, remade and recycled.

If such themes speak to your research interests, please submit a 200-250 word abstract for consideration by Friday 25 October to Tim Winter by email.


National Trust (QLD) 2019 Heritage Symposium & Awards, 29-30 October, Brisbane – registration open

In its mission to protect, conserve and celebrate Queensland’s environmental, built and cultural heritage, the National Trust has curated an inspiring, forward-looking series of events over two days in late October that explore emerging heritage issues and celebrate the work being done for Queensland’s heritage.

The two days of events include:

• Tuesday 29 October, 9.30am-3.30pm: Heritage Symposium Expanding the Past – The Future of our Heritage
• Tuesday 29 October, 6pm-9.30pm: 2019 Queensland Heritage Awards
• Wednesday 30 October, 8am-10am: National Trust Branch Breakfast
• Wednesday 30 October, 10.30pm-1.30pm: Post-Symposium Walking Tour – Brisbane’s modernist high rises and their hidden histories

Attendees have the flexibility to book 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of the events over the two days! Detailed information about ticketing is available at the National Trust QLD website.

Read a summary of the symposium presentations HERE.

This is a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals, government representatives, volunteers and enthusiasts; be inspired by internationally renowned speakers at the Symposium; be entertained by comedian Tim Ross at the Heritage Awards; discover the heritage of Brisbane’s hidden histories on the Walking Tour and to support the important work of the National Trust of Australia (Queensland)

>> booking link


Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference, London, 26-30 August 2020 – call for papers: deadline extended to 31 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 31 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

Visit the conference website.


22nd General Assembly and Symposium “Building Peace through Heritage”, 13-15 March 2020, Florence – call for papers: deadline extended to 10 November 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.


10 November 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


‘Decolonising Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies’ conference, 13-14 November 2019, Deakin Uni, Burwood – registration open

Registrations are now OPEN for the ‘Decolonising Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies’ conference to be held at Deakin University Burwood Campus on 13 and 14 November.

It is now 40 years since Deakin University began its Museum Studies program in 1979. In celebrating this milestone, we are organising a conference that responds to the enormous changes over that time, both in the fields of museum practice and the wider field of cultural heritage. Given our location in Australia, a settler society, our focus takes its bearing from the increasing pressure on museums, archives and heritage places to ‘decolonize’ their practices and relations with Indigenous and First Nations People.

The ‘Decolonising Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies’ conference thus seeks to broaden and deepen the cross-disciplinary and cross-sector conversation about new practices, interpretations and lives for collected materials across the GLAM sector, as well as heritage places shaped by colonial contexts. Informed by histories of the production of colonial knowledge and responding to new and interdisciplinary directions in collection theory and research, heritage management and interpretation, this conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, industry partners and artists to discuss the critical elements of working with and through collections and heritage places within a Decolonising impulse.

The conference will include keynote presentations from:

  • Dr Julie Gough (Curator, Indigenous Cultures, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery)
  • Dr Laura Van Broekhoven (Director, Pitt Rivers Museum, UK)
  • Professor Philipp Schorch (Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany)
  • Dr Steve Brown (GML Heritage and University of Canberra) and Denis Rose (Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation)

plus a whole lot more – see the draft program for more details.

Registrations and the complete program are available via this link.

Please contact the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies team by email with any queries.


PhD Colloquium 2020, 6 July 2020, Melbourne – call for abstracts: deadline 21 November

SAHANZ PhD Colloquium 2020
University of Melbourne
6 July 2020

Abstracts are invited for participation in the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) PhD Colloquium for 2020, to be held on 6 July 2020 and to be hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH), at the University of Melbourne.

This one-day event is being held in collaboration with the Society of Architectural & Urban Historians of Asia (SAUH) Asia Built Environments stream at the Asian Studies Association of Australia biennial conference (6-9 July 2020) and participants will have the option to attend that conference at student rates.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their research with fellow postgraduates, and will gain critical feedback from mid-career and senior academics who are experts in a broad range of national and international historical and heritage fields.

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

Abstracts due Thursday 21 November 2019.


CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2019, Vienna – programme online

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

In less than four weeks, the 14th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies will be opened by Mag. Veronica KAUP-HASLER, Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science, City of Vienna.

Additional Information

For more information, visit the conference website.


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

“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”.

You can register via an email to There will be no conference fee.

The programme of the conference can be found here.


ICOMOS Mexico, 36th International Symposium on Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation, 13-15 November 2019

ICOMOS Mexico will be celebrating its 36th International Symposium on Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation, on 13-15 November 2019.

For more information, see the Symposium poster and the Symposium leaflet. (Please note that these are in Spanish).




The University of Tasmania: Master of Tourism, Environmental and Cultural Heritage – applications open

Applications are now OPEN for 2020 entry to The University of Tasmania’s new Master of Tourism, Environmental and Cultural Heritage.

This immersive degree offers a unique learning experience using Tasmania’s UNESCO world heritage sites. The course includes field trips to Cradle Mountain, Port Arthur Historic Site and gives students an opportunity to pitch their business idea to a venture capitalist and undertake an internship, allowing them to experience the industry first hand. Study part-time or accelerate and complete over a 12-month period.

For more information please visit the University of Tasmania website.


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.


National Archives of Australia/Australian Historical Association Postgraduate Scholarships – applications due 31 October 2019

The second round of 2019 scholarships for Masters and PhD students has been jointly announced by the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the Australian Historical Association (AHA). Postgraduate students can apply for funding of up to $2,375 in digitisation services, plus facilitated access to records in the National Archives collection. The scholarships are open to both Australian and international postgraduate students of Australian history.

For conditions and how to apply visit the National Archives of Australia website.

Applications close 31 October.


Applications for PALRC scholarships – close 31 October 2019

The Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration (PALRC) scholarship program supports emerging leaders from Australia, Asia and the Pacific to build knowledge and skills in natural and cultural heritage protection, stewardship and conservation management.

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to excellence in governance and management of protected areas. PALRC scholarships provide a one-off payment of $2,000 to support students beginning study in 2020.

PALRC courses are available in a range of subjects at collaboration institutions Tasmanian Land Conservancy and co-founder University of Tasmania, Murdoch Uni, Charles Sturt University – CSU and Charles Darwin University.

Browse available courses online now.

The final round of scholarships for the year close at 5pm AEST, 31 October 2019.


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.


Draft Fremantle Prison Master Plan 2019-2029 – have your say until 3 November

Fremantle Prison’s vision is to preserve the heritage values of the Fremantle Prison Precinct through conservation and community engagement.

We aim to do this by:

  • Being one of Western Australia’s premier heritage precincts and heritage icon to the people of WA.
  • Providing a lasting legacy for the people of Australia by conserving and interpreting the most intact convict era site in Australia, which will greatly enrich the cultural life of the state and nation.
  • Being one of Western Australia’s premier destinations for tourism, cultural and educational activities.
  • Becoming a highly sought after location for a variety of uses, enhancing the vitality of the metropolitan and local area.
  • Being a model for the care and management of exceptionally significant heritage properties in Australia.

The draft Fremantle Prison Master Plan 2019-2029 is currently available for public comment.

The proposed Master Plan recognises the potential of Fremantle Prison to contribute to Western Australia’s tourism, culture, arts, heritage and education industries.

You can have your say until 3 November 2019.

More information at this link and also at this link.




[UPDATED] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Officer, Sydney Opera House Trust


The Sydney Opera House is an iconic Australian institution that embodies beauty, inspiration and the liberating power of art and ideas.

Our vision is to be as bold and inspiring as the Opera House itself.

Our mission is twofold:

  • To treasure and renew the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors
  • To inspire, and strengthen the community, through everything we do

For more information about the Sydney Opera House please refer to our website.


This role provides timely advice and support in relation to planning and heritage matters affecting Sydney Opera House. The role manages and coordinates the development, implementation and evaluation of heritage related projects including conservation, interpretation and training projects. The role supports the implementation of the fourth edition of the Sydney Opera House conservation management plan throughout the organisation.

Further more detailed information about the role and its requirements can be obtained from the full job ad.

NOTE: this role is now a PERMANENT appointment (it was previously a 12-month contract role).

Applications – the deadline has been extended to Sunday 27 October 2019, 11:59pm.




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