Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 901


  1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 New Corporate Patron: Winston Churchill Trust
  2. [NEW ITEM] Embracing Constraints: a perspective from 3XN, talk, 6 November, Uni of Sydney
  3. [NEW ITEM] ‘Decolonising the museum’ round table, 13 November, Deakin University Downtown (Melbourne)
  4. [NEW ITEM] 2019 UNESCO Chair Oration, 13 November, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne
  5. [NEW ITEM] Professional Development Day at Woodbridge, 12 November, WA
  6. [NEW ITEM] 13th Sydney Architecture Festival, 11-17 November
  7. [NEW ITEM] Port Arthur Talk, 20 November 2019
  8. [NEW ITEM] Book launch – Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion, 19 November, Melbourne
  9. [NEW ITEM] AMaGA Victoria End of Year Celebration, 10 December, Melbourne
  10. [NEW ITEM] 7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference, 14-16 October 2020, Israel – abstract deadline extended to 15 November 2019
  11. [NEW ITEM] Round 4 Heritage Conservation Community Sustainability Grants (QLD) open – deadline: 2 December 2019
  12. [NEW ITEM] 2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards – nominations open and close 13 December
  13. [NEW ITEM] Call for nominations: UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register – deadline 30 June 2020
  14. [NEW ITEM] Pre-purchase Anything is possible: 100 Australian engineering leaders at a discounted rate before 6 November
  15. [NEW ITEM] Book in Exchange for Book Review
  16. [NEW ITEM] Raising the Green Flag for Parramatta Park – Parramatta Park media release
  17. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news










1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 New Corporate Patron: Winston Churchill Trust

We’re excited to announce that the Winston Churchill Trust is now a GA2020 Sapphire Patron. The Winston Churchill Trust offers Australians the opportunity to travel overseas to investigate inspiring practices that will benefit Australian society and has supported Australia ICOMOS Members (and a member to be!) with a range of impactful projects over many years – see the list here: AICOMOS Fellows_updated. Most recently, Churchill Fellow Amy Jarvis travelled to the US to advance the celebration and conservation of the mid-century modern heritage of Canberra.

The ICOMOS General Assembly 2020 would not be possible without the generous support of our Corporate Patrons. Find out more about these industry leaders and learn more about the benefits of becoming a patron today.


2. [NEW ITEM] Embracing Constraints: a perspective from 3XN, talk, 6 November, Uni of Sydney

Please join the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design & Planning for a guest lecture by 3XN’s Kim Herforth Nielsen.

Kim’s talk will focus on embracing constraints from clients in the design process on their most recent projects, Sydney Fish Market, and Orestad College.

Date & time: 6 November 2019, 6:00–8:00 pm
Location: Lecture Theatre 250 (ALT1), The Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd, Darlington

>> more information / bookings


3. [NEW ITEM] ‘Decolonising the museum’ round table, 13 November, Deakin University Downtown (Melbourne)

The final Deakin Heritage Seminar for 2019 explores the theme of decolonising the museum. Please join us as we hear from Indigenous curators who will share some of the issues they are facing in their own curatorial practice, and on the factors they consider key to decolonising how Australian museums work today.

Participants: Kimberley Moulton (Melbourne Museum), Damien Webb (Mitchell Library, Sydney) and Michael Aird (Museum of Anthropology UQ), Moderator: Genevieve Grieves (Freelance Consultant).

When: 5pm for light refreshments, event runs 5.30pm to 6.30pm

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.

Cost / Bookings: This is a free event, but numbers are limited. Please register for catering purposes

Note: This round table event forms part of the Decolonising Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Conference being held at Deakin University’s Burwood Campus on 13-14 November but separate booking are required. For more information about the Decolonising Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies conference, including a provisional program and registration details, click here.


4. [NEW ITEM] 2019 UNESCO Chair Oration, 13 November, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne

The 2019 UNESCO Chair Oration, ‘Empowering Indigenous Australians’ will be delivered by Professor Marcia Langton AM on Wednesday 13 November at Deakin Downtown from 5.30pm. 

We have arranged to have the event live-streamed to Burwood Corporate Centre for those attending the Decolonising Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Conference. If you would like to join us at Burwood for Professor Langton’s oration, please indicate this when you book for the conference.

For information & bookings, visit this link.


5. [NEW ITEM] Professional Development Day at Woodbridge, 12 November, WA

The National Trust of Western Australia invites you to join us for a professional development day at Woodbridge (where conservation works are currently underway) as we explore heritage based solutions for heritage places.

Spaces are limited to 40 people and attendees will receive 2 Formal CPD Points for attending the session.

Travelling from the UK to present, John Heseltine will provide a technical presentation on Helifix’s engineering solutions.

Networking and refreshments will be provided at the end of the presentations.


  • Interpretation: Philosophical approach to Woodbridge, Sarah Murphy, National Trust of Western Australia
  • Sustainable Structural Solutions, John Heseltine, Helifix
  • Helifix Demonstration,  John Heseltine, Helifix

Stone Masonry demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

Date & Time: Tuesday 12 November, 2:00-5:00 pm AWST
Where: Woodbridge, 8254 Ford Street, Woodbridge, WA 6056
Cost / Bookings: Free but registration required

Download the Woodbridge PD Day 2019 flyer.


6. [NEW ITEM] 13th Sydney Architecture Festival, 11-17 November

The 13th Sydney Architecture Festival is a week-long festival running from 11-17 November 2019.

This year’s theme is Making. Housing. Affordable.

For more information, visit the Sydney Architecture Festival website.


7. [NEW ITEM] Port Arthur Talk, 20 November 2019

Woodgraining and colour in historic building
presented by Michael Bremer-Trainor

Woodgraining was popular up until the 19th century but declined through the 20th century, particularly in Tasmania. This talk will focus on its popularity and decline and will include the tools, materials and processes for woodgraining, its detection in old buildings and ways to repair and replicate it.

The presentation will also cover the use of paint and colour in historic buildings, why they are so different from modern paints and colours, and why they are essential to the preservation of old buildings.

Michael Bremer-Trainor trained as a Gilder in London in 1987-89 and has been involved in restoration works of historic buildings, including Windsor Castle, Spencer House, The Palace of Westminster and the Frauenkirche in Dresden. He currently acts as a consultant with work ranging from colour consulting, gilding, woodgraining, marbling, and trompe l’oeil, to signwriting and French polishing.

When: Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 5.00pm

Where: Junior Medical Officer’s House Conference Room (the building behind the house), Port Arthur Historic Site

For more information on the talk call (03) 6251 2324.

Download the “Woodgraining and colour in historic building” talk flyer.


8. [NEW ITEM] Book launch – Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion, 19 November, Melbourne

DRESS IN THE AGE OF JANE AUSTEN: Regency Fashion with Hilary Davidson
To be formally launched by Katie Somerville, Senior Curator, Fashion & Textiles, NGV

Tuesday 19 November 2019
6.00 – 8.00pm
$35 The Johnston Collection members | $55 non-members
Hosted by The Johnston Collection

Join author Hilary Davidson as she introduces her new publication Dress In The Age Of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and nibbles as Hilary reads from her lavishly illustrated publication, featuring unpublished images.

The authoritative yet accessible book will allow you to visualise the external selves of Austen’s immortal characters and enhance your understanding of Austen’s work and time, and the history of one of Britain’s most distinctive fashion eras.

Hilary Davidson is a dress and textile historian who was formerly curator of fashion and decorative art at the Museum of London.

Books will be available for purchase at a special event price of $59.99 (RRP $79.99)

>>Learn more / Book your place


9. [NEW ITEM] AMaGA Victoria End of Year Celebration, 10 December, Melbourne

Celebrate the end of the year with friends and colleagues at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and enjoy a private viewing of the new summer exhibition Feedback Loops and a welcome talk by Miriam Kelly, ACCA’s Curator of the exhibition. Includes drinks, prizes, entertainment and canapés.

Date: Tuesday 10 December
Time: 6pm-8.30pm
Venue: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), 111 Sturt Street, Southbank
Cost: $60


AMaGA = Australian Museums and Galleries Association


10. [NEW ITEM] 7th International Architectural Finishes Research Conference, 14-16 October 2020, Israel – abstract deadline extended to 15 November 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 15 November 2019.


11. [NEW ITEM] Round 4 Heritage Conservation Community Sustainability Grants (QLD) open – deadline: 2 December 2019

Round 4 – Heritage Conservation of the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grants is now open for funding.

Grants of up to $100,000 (excluding GST) are available for projects that seek to conserve places entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.

Grants will be allocated under two categories:

Category 1: Grants of between $1,000 to $50,000 for smaller scale projects
Category 2: Grants of between $50,001 to $100,000 for larger scale projects

Activities funded under the grant program may include: urgent repair works, roofing, stumping, painting, repointing, and other similar restoration works.

Funding will be provided to owners of places entered in the Queensland Heritage Register, including individuals and trusts, and not-for-profit organisations that are responsible for managing the places.

Applications close 4pm on 2 December 2019.

More information about the grant program, including program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Queensland Government website.

Please direct queries by email to the Grants Team.


12. [NEW ITEM] 2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards – nominations open and close 13 December

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The Awards celebrate those working to promote heritage tourism and interpretation. Nominations in the heritage tourism category may be a walking tour, historic trail, festival, event, bed and breakfast, hotel, accommodation, cruise or performance.

Visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website to find out more, including information on the award categories and criteria as well as how to submit a nomination.

You have until Friday 13 December 2019 to nominate your heritage champion or project.


13. [NEW ITEM] Call for nominations: UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register – deadline 30 June 2020

The UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee is calling for nominations of documentary heritage items and collections of significance to Australia to be added to its Australian Register.

Any government, institution, organisation, group or individual may submit nominations for the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register. However, priority will be given to nominations made by or through relevant heritage institutions and to Australian documentary heritage under threat.

In addition, two or more governments, institutions, organisations, groups or individuals may put forward joint nominations where collections are divided among several owners or custodians. Such prior collaboration is strongly encouraged.

Nominations open on 1 November 2019 and close on 30 June 2020.

Information on the nomination process and the nomination form can be found on the Australian Memory of the World Committee website.


14. [NEW ITEM] Pre-purchase Anything is possible: 100 Australian engineering leaders at a discounted rate before 6 November

Engineers Australia (EA) is celebrating its centenary year in 2019. As part of our centenary celebrations, we have released two books that celebrate the contribution of engineering to Australia. The first book, Wonders never cease: 100 Australian engineering achievements was released earlier this year. 

We have just released Anything is possible: 100 Australian engineering leaders. Engineers Australia has chosen 100 significant engineers who typify the impact and influence of their vocation. Behind every engineering achievement first lay a vision, if not a dream, to improve the society in which we live. Many of those ideas were created by engineers; almost without exception, they were all planned and executed by one. This book celebrates the men and women who blended that innovation, expertise and toil to shape a nation.

Don’t miss your chance to secure a part of Australia’s engineering history.

You can pre-purchase your copy before 6 November for the discounted price of $34.95. After 6 November, it will be $44.95.


15. [NEW ITEM] Book in Exchange for Book Review

The following new publication is available for review. You will need to write a review of about 700-800 words to be published in Historic Environment (HE), in exchange for the free book. The book review will need to be submitted within two (2) months of the receipt of the publication.

Please email Ian Kelly, the HE Reviews Editor, if you are interested in reviewing any of the above title. First come, first served!


16. [NEW ITEM] Raising the Green Flag for Parramatta Park – Parramatta Park media release

Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information. In line with this commitment we are circulating the following media release from the Parramatta Park, dated 30 October 2019.

Image: Brett Hemmings

Parramatta Park has won a coveted Green Flag award, gaining international recognition of the World Heritage-listed Park’s excellence as a leading green space.

The flag will fly proudly above Parramatta’s much-loved park marking the world-class site for its rich history, natural heritage and quality facilities.

The Green Flag Award is an international accolade from peak body, Parks Forum. Parks are judged across eight criteria including horticulture, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.

Parramatta Park recently celebrated 160 years as one of Australia’s most historic public parks, visited by around two million people each year.

Parramatta Park Trust’s Executive Director, Suellen Fitzgerald said it’s an honour the park has been recognised alongside the best in the world.

“A prestigious Green Flag flying high above Parramatta Park is fantastic recognition,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

“Parks make a valuable contribution to our local communities, offering public space for people to meet up, exercise or simply enjoy nature.

“Our staff play an important role in looking after the park to keep it clean, safe and welcoming for Parramatta’s diverse local community.

“With a rapidly-growing population in Sydney’s West, Parramatta Park offers quality green, open space for people to get active, enjoy cultural events and festivals, explore the site’s history or relax and get closer to nature.”

Parramatta Park is a significant historic site, listed on the State Heritage Register and the National Heritage Register. The Park is one of 11 outstanding heritage places across Australia forming the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Parramatta Park joins Green Flag Award recipients for 2019 across Australia and New Zealand including Centennial Park in Sydney and South Bank Parklands in Queensland.

The Green Flag Award scheme was launched in 1996 and is managed in England by Keep Britain Tidy. The Awards are now recognised across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

>> more information on Parramatta Park.


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

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




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.




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!


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


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.


[UPDATED ITEM] Review of the Practice Note – Intangible Cultural Heritage and Place – survey deadline extended to 20 November

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 20 November 2019.

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


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.




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.


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



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




[UPDATED ITEM] 15th Australasian Urban History / Planning History conference, Tasmania, 5-7 February 2020 – call for papers: deadline EXTENDED to 15 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.

Please submit a 600 word Abstract and a 50 word Biography to the Conference Team by email. Give the abstract a title of LastName_FirstName_ Abstract_UHPH2020 and the 50 word bio should be a separate file entitled LastName_ FirstName_Bio_UHPH2020. Abstracts will be reviewed and authors notified by 22 November 2019.

Please note that only abstracts will be refereed, so there are no specific paper formatting/referencing requirements. Allow for a 15-20 minute presentation (within a half-hour slot for each presenter). Up to two abstracts per author (or co-author) may be submitted to the conference.

Key Dates

15 November 2019 – Abstract submissions

22 November 2019 – Abstract acceptances notified

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

Registration fees

  • Early bird registration (by 1st December) $200
  • Regular registration $250
  • Concession registration (students, retired, unwaged) $150
  • One-day registration $100
  • Conference Dinner TBA

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

Enquiries: EOIs and enquiries may be made to the Conference Team

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.


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).


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.


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.




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.


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 ITEM] Funding of up to $7,000 for humanities sector women available – EOIs NOW due 6 December

Residual funding is available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s humanities sector – this is the last and final call for all women currently working in the humanities sector to express interest in a limited pool of scholarship funding that has to be allocated by the end of 2019.

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. Quite a number of women from the humanities sector have applied, with many high-calibre candidates being awarded the partial scholarships. Industry stakeholders and creditors want to take this opportunity to thank all partners and associations for their support to date.

How to register

At this stage, Expressions of Interest are being sourced until 6 December 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.


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




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Cultural Heritage Coordinator, QLD Department of Environment and Science (DES)

Cultural Heritage Coordinator
Environment and Science (Organisation site)
Heritage / Arts and Heritage
Flexible location

The Cultural Heritage Coordinator provides high-level professional advice and technical guidance on assessing the impact of development on State heritage-listed places and areas and managing heritage conservation within the State of Queensland. The position will liaise and negotiate within DES, and with other government departments and external stakeholders, and represent DES at high-level meetings.

The position works within the Heritage branch in the Arts and Heritage division of DES. The team is highly-skilled and multidisciplinary, and is responsible for administering aspects of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992, including exemption certificates and heritage agreements, terrestrial and maritime archaeology, as well providing technical advice on development involving places on the Queensland Heritage Register .

For more information and to apply, visit this link.

Applications close Tuesday 19 November 2019.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT University Heritage Advisor, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra

A dynamic position exists at Australia’s National University to conserve and manage the diverse heritage values of our campuses.

• Provide heritage advice and support to Australia’s number one University 

• Celebrate the diverse heritage values of ANU campuses 

• Play a role in shaping the future of the University 

Position overview

ANU recognises the importance of the heritage values of its campuses including historic, natural and Indigenous values. The University manages its heritage values in line with its obligations under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and other relevant statutory and best practice frameworks.

The University seeks an experienced individual for the provision of specialist advice on legislative compliance and assisting in the development of specialised strategies, policies and procedures to enable the best practice conservation and management of the heritage values of places under the ownership or control of ANU.

Reporting to the Manager, Sustainability, the University Heritage Advisor works in close collaboration with the Facilities and Services team and across the University. The position also provides widespread support to the University community in communicating and celebrating the heritage of ANU to internal and external audiences. 

The ANU is looking for a qualified, experienced and highly motivated candidate with excellent communication and organisational skills and a strong commitment to innovation and continuous improvement. A demonstrated understanding of best practice in heritage management, legislative compliance and problem solving skills, with the ability to interpret and apply policies and procedures is essential. ANU provides support for continuing professional development.

This opportunity is being offered as a full-time, fixed term contract of 12 months, commencing start of February 2020 as part of a leave coverage arrangement.

For more information and to apply for this position, visit this link.

Applications close: 24 November 2019, 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant, NBRS Architecture, Sydney

NBRS Architecture is on the look-out for an experienced Heritage Consultant to be part of our growing Heritage Studio.

The Role

Working within the Heritage Studio and as part of a dynamic team, you will be responsible for writing reports and providing heritage advice to external clients and NBRS architectural projects.    

Utilising your excellent writing and advisory skills, the role will see you prepare reports on development feasibility with respect to heritage management issues; recommend maintenance strategies to remediate deteriorated fabric and maintain buildings and sites; and assist in the development of precedents of services and products.

The role is responsible for providing advice across all areas of heritage management and conservation practice, including: heritage studies, thematic histories, heritage assessments, nominations, impact statements, conservation management strategies and conservation management plans, condition assessments, conservation schedule of works, maintenance schedules, expert evidence, archival recording and interpretation plans.   

In addition to Heritage knowledge, you will also have excellent interpersonal skills to liaise and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

This is a ‘hands on’ role and we need a real team player with positive attitude to take on each new task, no matter how big or small.

For more information about this opportunity, see the full job ad.

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and suitable candidates interviewed.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Consultant, RPS Heritage, Brisbane

Job Description

RPS Heritage is a multidisciplinary national team that includes heritage planners, archaeologists, built heritage experts, heritage surveyors and geomatics professionals. The Heritage team also works collaboratively with internal Environmental, Survey, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Geospatial specialists to deliver practical and innovative heritage management solutions that incorporate the latest digital technologies and non-invasive investigative methods.

We are seeking a Senior Heritage Consultant to join our established Brisbane heritage team on a permanent basis in early 2020. The successful candidate will support built heritage and historic archaeological projects. This will include providing for heritage studies, heritage impact assessments, conservation management plans, condition assessments, adaptive re-use, archival recording and interpretation plans.

For more information about this opportunity, see the full job ad.

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and suitable candidates interviewed.




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