Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 903


  1. [NEW ITEM] ICOMOS GA2020, 1-10 October 2020, Sydney: Register now and be the first to secure your place!
  2. [NEW ITEM] Better Housing Now #2: Work in Progress, 16 November, Sydney
  3. [NEW ITEM] Harry Seidler / Design Canberra events – 16-17 November, Canberra
  4. [NEW ITEM] Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow – Sydney, 20 November
  5. [NEW ITEM] Glass in Buildings conference, 23-23 November, Melbourne
  6. [NEW ITEM] Open Garden at Glenmore House, Glenmore near Camden, 23-24 November 2019
  7. [NEW ITEM] “Bligh – Hero or Villain?” private viewing, 25 November, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
  8. [NEW ITEM] An evening at the Seidler Penthouse, 29 November, Sydney
  9. [NEW ITEM] Expressions of Interest invited for Heritage Council of NSW membership – applications close 1 December
  10. [NEW ITEM] What do you value about Commonwealth Avenue Bridge? Have your say by 6 December
  11. [NEW ITEM] Review of the Cultural Heritage Acts (QLD) – submissions online
  12. [NEW ITEM] 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention Research Bibliography launched
  13. [NEW ITEM] 400 years of art and objects are now online
  14. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICOMOS










1. [NEW ITEM] ICOMOS GA2020, 1-10 October 2020, Sydney: Register now and be the first to secure your place!

The GA2020 Organising and Executive Committees and Australia ICOMOS are delighted to announce that registration for GA2020 is now live!

We encourage you to register early to secure your preferred events as part of your registration. There are a number of options available to registrants – review these here to make the most of your cultural heritage experience at GA2020.

Register here.

GA2020 registration includes:

  • Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
  • Luna Park ‘Just for Fun’ party
  • The Greater Blue Mountains Day Trip
  • Closing Ceremony and Gala Dinner
  • All ICOMOS Statutory Meetings for Eligible Delegates
  • Scientific Symposium and Plenary Sessions

The Greater Blue Mountains day trip has a number of options based on level of physical activity required. The tours include scenic landscapes, locations with great historical and cultural significance, breathtaking views, Australian fauna and flora and more.

Pre and Post Tours have been designed to cover a number of cultural heritage places throughout Australia. Depending on your tour of choice you can visit World Heritage listed sites, historic mining sites, convict sites, geological wonders, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or experience spectacular Australian landscapes.

The GA2020 side events program has been created to ensure you have a myriad of options to maximise your experience in Sydney. These tours are all optional and include boat trips, exclusive behind the scenes tours, and a number of specialty heritage tours.

Accommodation can also be booked with your GA2020 registration.

Individuals who register before the early bird registration deadline of 3 June 2020 will secure the best registration rate.

A note about ICOMOS member registration rates: the member rate is only available to individuals who are current financial members of ICOMOS via their ICOMOS National Committee. The membership status of all registrants will be cross-checked to ensure the member rate is only applied where applicable. ICOMOS members are encouraged to keep their financial status current and continuous to facilitate this process.


2. [NEW ITEM] Better Housing Now #2: Work in Progress, 16 November, Sydney

Better Housing Now is the keystone event of the Sydney Architecture Festival 2019. It will offer the public an in-depth look at the complex and interconnected issues that have created the currently unaffordable city.

In four sessions, ‘Housing and the City, ‘Work in Progress’, ‘Squaring the Circle’, and ‘A Call to Action’, the city’s leading organisations, advocacy groups and designers will explore projects, identify problems, and propose solutions.

Time & Date: 16 November 2019, 2.30-4.30pm
Venue: Customs House
Cost: FREE

Register your place here


3. [NEW ITEM] Harry Seidler / Design Canberra events – 16-17 November, Canberra

Click on the links for more information and bookings.

Championing The Arts: Facilitator, Collector and Donor – the visual art links of items donated or connected to architect Harry Seidler
Sat 16 Nov 2019
National Gallery of Australia

Penelope and Polly Seidler will speak on art donated or connected to Harry Seidler and part of the gallery’s Bauhaus display.


Seidler Stroll at Lakeview Townhouses 1985 Yarralumla Canberra – with Seidler Firm Architect Greg Holman
Sun 17 Nov 2019
Lakeview 127 Hopetoun Circuit, Yarralumla

‘Lakeview’ is a group of 11 townhouses facing Lake Burley Griffin, designed by Harry Seidler and Associates in 1982 and completed in 1984. The townhouses enjoy an uninterrupted northerly view of the Lake and Black Mountain, with the design of the group ensuring that each house is oriented toward the view.


Harry Seidler, Canberra and the Bauhaus 
Sun 17 Nov 2019
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Join Harriet Edquist (co-author Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond), Penelope and Polly Seidler as they reflect on the legacy of acclaimed architect Harry Seidler and his Bauhaus connection, in conversation and powerpoint presentations.  


4. [NEW ITEM] Sustainable Urbanism Roadshow – Sydney, 20 November

Sustainable Urbanism and the Built Environment: Exploring collaboration with government

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and the Prince’s Trust Australia invite you to a panel discussion on sustainable urbanism at the Parliament of New South Wales.

You’ll hear from Dominic Richards, Trustee, Prince’s Trust Australia, and Lindsey Noble, Development Director, NSW Land and Housing Corporation, alongside other industry panellists as they discuss sustainable urbanism and the benefits of partnering with government to co-design and create social impact in the built environment.

Date & time: Wednesday 20 November 2019, 5:15-7:30 pm
Location: Parliament of New South Wales
Cost: FREE
>> more information / bookings


5. [NEW ITEM] Glass in Buildings conference, 23-23 November, Melbourne

Glass in Buildings: Past Present Potential – Women in Glass
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran Campus
22-23 November 2019

A first exciting event for the Australian Centre for Glass Design supported by Melbourne Polytechnic.

The Glass in Buildings: Past Present Potential conference at Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran features a quality program of events, from workshops (Introduction to Glass Techniques) to artist talks and discussions about glass in buildings, glass as public art and as a visual arts medium.

In addition there is the glass!

  • an exhibition by four young glass artists Changing Tides: Women in Glass – new perspectives on flat glass techniques
  • an exhibition of studio pieces by West Australian artist Anne Sorensen
  • diverse artworks of quality architectural and studio glass on display throughout the venue

Talks include:

  • keynote talk by Dr Bronwyn Hughes OAM – glass as a contemporary architectural element
  • South Australian architectural artist Jan Aspinall discusses her glass work at Strathalbyn Library, including samples and an insight into the creative process between artist, architect and client
  • This theme is continued in the Glass as Public Art event with Geoffrey Wallace and Christopher John, two of Australia’s leading architectural glass designers

Join us for the opening of Changing Tides: Women in Glass (including an announcement about Women in Glass 2020) on Friday at 5pm – drinks and lovely light refreshments in The Apprentice Restaurant on High Street. Bookings required. A great opportunity to gather and celebrate glass, past present and potential.

Visit the conference website / More information in the Glass Conference Program and Workshops Introduction to Glass Techniques.

You may also like to read this: Melbourne Polytechnic website article


6. [NEW ITEM] Open Garden at Glenmore House, Glenmore near Camden, 23-24 November 2019

Celebrating 30 years at (and significant conservation, adaptive reuse & enhancement of) Glenmore House & Garden, Mickey & Larry Robertson are opening their garden.

Glenmore is a delightful rural homestead from the 1840s and part of a scattered settlement. It sports a large productive and ornamental garden and a suite of rural outbuildings, in slab and other materials. It’s well worth a visit, if you’ve not been before, and this is a good opportunity in high spring.

10am-4.30pm each day, and featuring:

  • Plants from the garden
  • Mickey’s essential kit in the Barn (she’s a talented interior designer among much else)
  • Lunch is available in the Hayshed
  • Tea & cakes in the Dairy
  • Plant and flower stalls
  • Twig furniture
  • Artist’s studio
  • Local produce, and more

Further details here.


7. [NEW ITEM] “Bligh – Hero or Villain?” private viewing, 25 November, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

The Australiana Fund’s NSW Committee invite you to our Christmas function, a private viewing of  “Bligh – Hero or Villain?” at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Monday 25 November. We will have the benefit of an introduction by curator Dr Stephen Gapps.

We are delighted to announce that General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd) has kindly accepted our invitation to speak at this event. As Governor-General (2014-2019) Sir Peter knows well The Fund’s significant collection of historic artworks at Government House in Canberra and Admiralty House, Sydney. Having donated artworks from his term in Office to The Australiana Fund, we welcome Sir Peter’s support for The Munro Ferguson Collection appeal.   

The Fund is very pleased to present this event in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Please feel free to invite your family and friends to join us for this special evening. All proceeds will go towards The Fund’s appeal to acquire The Munro Ferguson Collection (more information about donating to this cause here).

Cost is $80.21 – to book click here

RSVP: for catering purposes by 20 November


8. [NEW ITEM] An evening at the Seidler Penthouse, 29 November, Sydney

Join the Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT for an evening to remember – in the penthouse at Harry Seidler & Associates.

Savour a glass of champagne accompanied by canapés, as we admire the views both within and without this iconic Modernist masterpiece.

We will be introduced to the unique qualities of the building by Heritage Architect, Dr. Roy Lumby.

Date & time: Friday 29 November 2019, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: $25 students / $30 Society members / $45 non-members
Book here


9. [NEW ITEM] Expressions of Interest invited for Heritage Council of NSW membership – applications close 1 December

The NSW Government is inviting expressions of interest for membership of the Heritage Council of NSW. 

There are 3 positions that are required to be filled during this process.

We are looking for people with broad knowledge and skills, and with a passion for heritage, including Aboriginal cultural heritage outcomes.

For further information, including how to apply, visit the Heritage Council of NSW website and download the application kit.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 11:59pm on Sunday 1 December 2019.


10. [NEW ITEM] What do you value about Commonwealth Avenue Bridge? Have your say by 6 December

GML Heritage is currently undertaking consultation on behalf of the ACT Government and National Capital Authority to investigate the aesthetic and social heritage values of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Canberra. Commonwealth Avenue Bridge is not individually heritage listed, however, it forms part of the wider heritage listing nomination for Lake Burley Griffin and other listings within the Central National Area of Canberra.

Part of our study involves an online survey and we are inviting people to respond. Your views will help us understand what the wider community values, or does not value, about Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. We are interested in your feedback on all aspects of the bridge whether you use it every day to get to work, have visited it once, or have never visited but have a strong interest in bridges and their design/engineering.  

The survey will take about 7-10 mins to complete and is anonymous – take the survey. It is open until COB Friday 6 December 2019.


11. [NEW ITEM] Review of the Cultural Heritage Acts (QLD) – submissions online

All submissions made to the Review of the Cultural Heritage Acts review are now available online.

An update on the status of the review – the review team* is currently considering the issues, ideas and options raised in the submissions.

*Cultural Heritage Acts Review Team, Legal Policy, Strategic Policy and Legislation, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships


12. [NEW ITEM] 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention Research Bibliography launched

Since the adoption of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003, a growing body of research has been undertaken on its origins, purposes, uses, implementation and impacts. While some of this research is well known and widely disseminated, a considerable portion of it remains difficult to locate.

The Secretariat has launched an interactive bibliography of research references related to the Convention. Hosted by UNESCO and led by independent researchers, this project intends to enhance the dissemination of ICH-related research for all stakeholders involved in the implementation of the 2003 Convention (States Parties, communities, civil society, practitioners and others) and to foster better communication among researchers working in the field of intangible cultural heritage.

I would like to thank the editorial group of researchers who initiated this project and who coordinate this bibliography, namely Chiara Bortolotto, Harriet Deacon, Cristina Amescua and Misako Ohnuki (you may contact them through this email address).

I invite you to search the 1000 references that the bibliography already contains by theme, geographic areas or language. I also invite you to contribute to this work by suggesting the addition of new references directly online.

Tim Curtis
Secretary, Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)
Chief, Living Heritage Entity


13. [NEW ITEM] 400 years of art and objects are now online

The Johnston Collection (TJC) is especially proud to announce the launch of TJC Collection Online, a user-friendly browser that is now live, free and accessible to everyone, anytime and anywhere.

Featuring a world of over 400 years of art and objects, the permanent collection includes over 1,400 items including ceramics, furniture, glass, horology, metalwork, paintings, textiles, and objets d’art of English origin, as well as items from Europe, India, China and Japan.

>> more information: TJC – 400 years of art and objects and visit the website.


14. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICOMOS

Read the ICOMOS Info for Members n°2.




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.




[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.


Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO Sydney Talk Series, 26 November

Heritage Resilience at the San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Texas USA
presented by William Dupont

Heritage resilience is defined by the capacities of a cultural heritage resource to sustain, survive and recover from anything that would degrade or destroy it. Cultural heritage resources are vulnerable to many threats, each requiring consideration of individual risks and potential response actions. At the San Antonio Missions in Texas, we are engaged in a process to enhance heritage resilience in the face of multiple vulnerabilities, natural as well as human-made. The efforts aim to achieve the complementary objectives of increased resilience for both the tangible buildings and their intangible values. Both tangible and intangible will be discussed in this presentation, but intangible heritage will be a focus because it is more difficult to protect due to the nature of laws and regulations largely based on property ownership. The central question will concern how a heritage professional can work to sustain the intangible from being marginalized, lost or erased due to low capacity for resilience. Using examples from San Antonio, Texas, William Dupont will explain his work on cultural sustainability and seek responses from the audience to further a global conversation.

William Dupont is a professor of architecture at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he leads the Center for Cultural Sustainability in research projects on the heritage of people as a core element of a sustainable future. Also, Bill teaches architectural design studios and graduate seminars in historic preservation. Current research projects include writing a best practices manual for care of the San Antonio Missions and working on a Sacred Places Heritage Network for disaster resilience in the Texas Gulf Coast region. He has led a U.S. technical team supporting Cuban preservation efforts at Museo Ernest Hemingway since 2005, recently completing a new preservation lab for care of the many Hemingway documents and artefacts in Havana. Before becoming a professor in San Antonio, he was Chief Architect at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC.

Time & Date: Tuesday 26 November 2019, 5.30pm for 6pm start

Cost: Students $10, Members $15, non-members $20 all payable through Eventbrite

Venue: GML Heritage, Australia Council Building, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, 2010 (corner of Cooper Street)

RSVP / bookings: by Friday 22 November 2019 / bookings via Eventbrite are essential as places are limited

Queries: to Louise Cox by email

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

Download the Heritage Resilience at the San Antonio Missions_Nov 2019 flyer.




Annual Duldig Lecture, 19 November, Melbourne

Inaugurated in 1986, the Annual Duldig Lecture on Sculpture commemorates the life and work of sculptor Karl Duldig and artist and inventor Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.

The 2019 Lecture will be presented by Dr Jane Eckett on the subject: Preserve or perish: posthumous casts and the challenges of sculptors’ estates.

Honouring an artist’s final wishes with respect to their studio contents is a daunting task, but in the case of sculptors’ estates the challenges are exponentially greater still. Which work should be deemed ‘the original’ – the hand-modelled maquette or a unique bronze cast made during the sculptor’s lifetime? If the work was issued as an edition, was the full edition ever realised? And, most problematically of all: what to do with fragile or perishable works that were never cast or fabricated in the artist’s lifetime? Should these be realised in a durable medium posthumously? If so, how can the sculptor’s intentions be known and respected? Families, executors and dealers representing sculptors’ estates repeatedly face these questions and many more. In this lecture, Jane Eckett will present the perspective of an art historian who has catalogued a number of sculptors’ studios and worked with the representatives of their estates – drawing on, in particular, her experiences in the studio of Norma Redpath (1928-2013).

Dr Jane Eckett is a teaching associate in art history at the University of Melbourne whose research focuses on modernist sculpture and émigré legacies. In 2018, she was appointed the Ursula Hoff Fellow at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and National Gallery of Victoria, focussing on Hirschfeld-Mack’s monotypes. Recent publications include chapters in Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond (MUP and Power Publications, 2019), Australia Modern (Thames and Hudson, 2019), and Melbourne Modern: European art and design at RMIT since 1945 (RMIT gallery, 2019), the latter which she also co-edited with Harriet Edquist.

Date & Time: Tuesday 19 November, 6.30-7.30pm

Venue: William Macmahon Ball Theatre in the Old Arts Building (Ground Floor – Room 107) at the University of Melbourne

This public lecture is a free event, but spaces are limited so please register.

For further information email Lyndel Wischer, Museum Director or email Dr Alison Inglis.

The lecture is organised by the Duldig Studio in association with the University of Melbourne.

This year, the Duldig Lecture is the keynote presentation of the symposium Unlocking Creativity: Artists’ and Architects’ Estates, which has been organised by the Australian Institute of Art History (AIAH), the Melbourne School of Design (MSD) and the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA) at the University of Melbourne. The two-day symposium is a free event, which is taking place from Tuesday 19 November to Wednesday 20 November 2019.


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


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.


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


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




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.


[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.


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.


3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism, 6-8 May 2020, Turkey – call for abstracts: deadline 6 January 2020

3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism (ICCAUA2020)
Alanya HEP University, Alanya/Antalya, Turkey
6-8 May 2020

The main aim of ICCAUA2020 will be to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research both through the conference podium and double-blind refereed publications opportunities. Additionally, ICCAUA2020 intends to provide opportunities for academics to receive informal, in-depth feedback through discussions, and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions.

Abstracts for Oral, Virtual and Poster presentations and proposals for the special sessions listed below are invited.

  • Architecture and Technology
  • Sustainability and Urban Design
  • Heritage and Cultural Landscapes
  • Habitat Studies and Infra Habitation

For more information about the topics and submission process, visit the conference website.

ICCAUA2020 will be held in both English language and Turkish language.

Submission deadline: 6 January 2020


Australasian Engineering Heritage conference, 19–25 November 2020, Dunedin – call for submission: deadline 3 April 2020

Australasian Engineering Heritage conference
19–25 November 2020

Titled ‘Engineering in a 2020 World – The Future of the Past’, the conference will spotlight how heritage engineering and technology has endured, developed and undergone restoration and repurposing to claim its place in the future.

Abstracts, formal conference papers and proposals for presentations will be accepted until 3 April 2020. Full details can be found at this link.

Engineering New Zealand’s Otago Heritage Chapter together with Principal Sponsor, Naylor Love, look forward to bringing you this much anticipated event. We hope to see you in Dunedin.

Download the 2020 Australasian Engineering Heritage conference poster.




ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group ‘Mapping Funding Resources’ survey

Take a few moments to help the ICOMOS Emerging Professionals Working Group Funding Inventory Team to improve access to knowledge over existing funding mechanisms – within and outside ICOMOS – for all Emerging Professionals who need support for training and mobility.

The survey takes approximately 8-10 minutes, click here to contribute.


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.


[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.


City of Stirling Draft Better Suburbs Strategy – have your say by 12 December

Since 2016, the City of Stirling has been developing the Better Suburbs Project as a long-term plan to cater for growth in our north-eastern suburbs.

The project covers Balga, Dianella, Mirrabooka, Nollamara and Westminster, incorporating some parts of Balcatta, Hamersley, Tuart Hill and Yokine near Wanneroo Road and Morley Drive.

The City developed the plan after extensive engagement with the community and stakeholders.

The City is now seeking community comment on the Draft Better Suburbs Strategy. The strategy and associated planning framework documents will be available to the public as of today, closing at 5.00pm on Thursday 12 December 2019.

To view the Strategy and make comment, visit the City of Stirling website.


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.


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


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.




[NEW] SITUATIONS VACANT Experienced Archaeologists, Open-area archaeological research excavation, Port Arthur, Tasmania

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is seeking experienced archaeologists to assist with a large open-area archaeological research excavation planned for March to November 2020. Part of a collaborative research project between PAHSMA and the University of New England (UNE), the excavation of the convict workshops at the former Port Arthur penal station (Tasmania, 1830-77) will be accompanied by an analysis of the documentary archive to form a comprehensive historical archaeological investigation of convict labour in Australia.

The excavation crew will be appointed to fixed-term, full time contracts. Applicants can apply for Contract period 1 (Wednesday 11 March to Thursday 9 July, 2020), or Contract period 2 (Wednesday 15 July to Thursday 12 November, 2020), or for both. Applicants wishing to apply for both contract periods only need to fill out one application – even though the Tasmanian Public Service online application system might suggest otherwise! Just tick the appropriate box on the application form.

Details of the positions and all relevant forms can be accessed at this link for Contract Period 1 or this link for Contract Period 2.

Applications must be made online by 2 December 2019.

For a step-by-step explanation of how to apply please contact either David Roe by email or Sylvana Szydzik by email. David and Sylvana will also be happy to provide additional information and/or answer any queries.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Cultural Heritage Planner, City of Perth

Cultural Heritage Planner
$95,351 – $101,156 per annum, plus superannuation
Permanent, Full time

The Cultural Heritage Planner role sits within the Activation and Cultural Experience Unit and Community Development Alliance.

This role manages and develops the City’s heritage program and focuses on high conservation outcomes and the City’s strategic objectives. The Cultural Heritage Planer builds and maintains community partnerships based on shared values and undertakes expert heritage assessments on development applications and proposals affecting places of cultural significance.

For more information about this opportunity, visit this link

Applications close: 5pm, Friday 13 December 2019


[NEW] SITUATIONS VACANT Various, World Monuments Fund


Since World Monuments Fund (WMF) was founded over half a century ago, it has been a groundbreaking organization conserving in an innovative way the world’s irreplaceable treasures — architectural and cultural sites that span the history of human civilization.

Cultural heritage sites are under constant attack by time, neglect, natural forces, and human actions. Preserving this heritage has from the beginning been the principal mission of WMF—working with local partners around the globe to provide financial and technical support for preservation, restoration, and long-term sustainability of these sites.

Roles available

  • Vice President of Programs
  • Vice President for Development & External Affairs
  • Executive Assistant to CEO
  • Conservator-in-Residence, Beijing, China

More information about all of these opportunities is available at the World Monuments Fund website. No application deadlines have been stated, but note that applications will be reviewed and evaluated upon receipt.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Architect, Extent Heritage Sydney

An exciting opportunity exists for a Heritage Architect to join Extent Heritage’s Sydney office on a full-time basis. The position will focus specifically on built heritage places and requires specialist input on Architecture. The role will involve the carrying out of commercial consultancy projects for State and local heritage places, requiring skills in project management and key technical input on matters related to the built heritage environment.

The core business of our heritage places team broadly includes heritage advice and assessment, building conservation, interpretation, photographic documentation, and cultural heritage management.

This position will suit a highly motivated and experienced individual with an in-depth understanding of historic design styles as well as current building compliance related to developing, adapting, upgrading, and conserving heritage buildings. The position requires a person with well-developed research, writing, analytical, project management and technical skills, who enjoys working in a close-knit, supportive team environment. A working knowledge of New South Wales heritage legislation is necessary.

For more information and to apply, visit this link.

Applications close 19 November 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Project Specialist (Built/Archaeological Heritage), Getty Conservation Institute (GCI)

The Getty Conservation Institute’s Buildings and Sites Department is seeking a Senior Project Specialist (Built/Archaeological Heritage) who will provide high-level professional conservation expertise to strategically advance conservation practice internationally in relation to archaeological site management.

The Senior Project Specialist leads a selection of GCI initiatives and projects – from visioning and designing to implementing and monitoring the work; manages and provides direction to project staff, project partners and consultants; develops, tests and applies new research and practical approaches that address current conservation challenges of international or regional relevance; contributes to policy and best practice in the field through research, dissemination of information resulting from projects, and capacity building; and develops and sustains relationships with the international conservation community.

For more information and to apply, visit this link.

Applications close 5 December 2019.


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.


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


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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