Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 912


  1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Travel grant applications: deadline EXTENDED to 15 March
  2. [NEW ITEM] Modernism in 1930’s Tel Aviv – Exploring UNESCO-listed ‘White City’ talk, 28 February, Sydney
  3. [NEW ITEM] International Council on Archives Congress, 16-20 November 2020, UAE – call for papers deadline: 29 February
  4. [NEW ITEM] Notice posted for Bushfire Archaeologists – a group connecting archaeologists and heritage specialists with bushfire affected communities
  5. [NEW ITEM] ACAHUCH events, 9 March – Symposium & Book Launch, Melbourne
  6. [NEW ITEM] CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020 , Vienna – call for submissions: deadline 8 March
  7. [NEW ITEM] Caribbean Conversations in Conservation, 16-19 March 2020, Barbados – registration open
  8. [NEW ITEM] Books in Exchange for Book Reviews
  9. [NEW ITEM] Living Heritage Grants Program – Round 5 applications open 17 February 2020
  10. [NEW ITEM] “Towards a Sustainable Future: Managing Change in Historic Urban Areas and the Surrounding Landscape”, 26-27 March 2020, the Netherlands
  11. [NEW ITEM] Rock Art and World Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa seminar, 31 March 2020, National Heritage Institute, Paris
  12. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news
  13. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICCROM
  14. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – What’s On
  15. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House










1. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 Travel grant applications: deadline EXTENDED to 15 March

GA2020 Travel grants

The International Secretariat has extended the deadline for the receipt of applications for travel grants to attend the 20th triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS in Sydney, Australia from 1-10 October 2020.

For more information on who is eligible, etc, visit the ICOMOS website.

Apply by 15 March.


2. [NEW ITEM] Modernism in 1930’s Tel Aviv – Exploring UNESCO-listed ‘White City’ talk, 28 February, Sydney

Modernism in 1930’s Tel Aviv – Exploring UNESCO-listed ‘White City’
presented by Michael Hauptman

On a recent trip to Israel, society member Michael Hauptman happened upon Tel Aviv’s ‘White City’.

White City is a collection of over 4,000 buildings built in the 1930s in the distinctive International Style – angular white cubes with ribbon windows, heavily inspired by the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier.   

Indeed, the collection is listed by UNESCO as perhaps the largest well-preserved grouping of 1930s International Style buildings.    

Michael will present an overview of White City, and describe some key aspects of its distinctive local interpretation of international architecture.

Book your tickets now to find out how this avant-garde European style ended up on the shores of Mediterranean Palestine…

About the presenter

Michael Hauptman has been conducting walking tours of Art Deco Sydney for the WEA for over 10 years. He is a Sydney resident and keen amateur enthusiast of modernist architecture.

Light refreshments will be served.

Date & time: 7:00–8:30 pm, 28 February 2020
Location: The Australian Institute of Architects Auditorium, Tusculum, 3 Manning St, Potts Point
Cost: $15-25
Bookings: via this link

Hosted by the Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT.


3. [NEW ITEM] International Council on Archives Congress, 16-20 November 2020, UAE – call for papers deadline: 29 February

International Council on Archives Congress 2020
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 
16-20 November 2020

Call for Proposals and Papers

The deadline for submitting proposals to the ICA Abu Dhabi 2020 Congress has been extended until 29 February 2020.

Let us know how the archival and records management sector in the 21st century is facing the new challenges of this information era. It is time for our profession to discuss, reflect and question existing practices to explore and expand the critical role played by archives and information professionals in the 21st century Knowledge Societies.

Papers may be submitted in French, English, Arabic or Spanish.

For more details about the topic areas and type of submissions, visit the congress website.

Key Dates

29 February 2020 – Call for Proposals and Papers closes​ (extended)
End of February 2020 – Conference registration opens
End of April 2020 – Notification accepted proposals
13 – 15 November 2020 – ICA Meetings
16 – 19 November 2020 – Conference (4 days) and ICA General Assembly (16 November)
20 November 2020 – Expo 2020 and cultural visits


4. [NEW ITEM] Notice posted for Bushfire Archaeologists – a group connecting archaeologists and heritage specialists with bushfire affected communities

Bushfire affected communities will face many challenges. The immediate danger to life and property are of course the primary urgent concerns. As communities start recovering and rebuilding there will be other issues that emerge, including how to document, assess, and manage cultural heritage that has been impacted by fire events.

Cultural heritage is a crucial element of community identities and resilience throughout Australia, including Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and the Colonial Heritage that post-dates 1788 (sometimes also called ‘Historical Heritage’).

We are a group of concerned and dedicated archaeologists and heritage specialists willing to volunteer our time to document archaeological and cultural heritage places that are recovering from bushfires in collaboration with community groups and individuals.

The bushfire archaeologists group exists so that communities, local councils, Traditional Owners, and other individuals and organisations can receive immediate short-term assistance and input between the time that an area becomes safe to enter, and the longer timeframes that it can take to arrange more formal heritage work in these spaces.

General inquiries may be directed to


5. [NEW ITEM] ACAHUCH events, 9 March – Symposium & Book Launch, Melbourne

On 9 March 2020, the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) will present their annual symposium.

After-Life: The digital future of visual history archives will bring together international and national experts, local professionals and designers. Speakers will assess lessons learned as we seek to continue to preserve, edit and share architectural and design-related documentation, and will discuss how to manage enduring access to digital design records including photographs, moving image, CAD, BIM, and 3D modelling.

Additionally, Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) will present and launch The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites, edited by ACAHUCH director Professor Hannah Lewi, along with Wally Smith, Dirk vom Lehn, and Steven Cooke.

Symposium – 9am-5pm | Book Launch – 5-7pm; both events are at the Japanese Room, Level 4, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design), Uni of Melbourne

Further details for the public lecture and symposium are here, and the book launch here (please note: individuals who are registered for the Symposium you do not need to register for the book launch).


6. [NEW ITEM] CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020 , Vienna – call for submissions: deadline 8 March

Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT) conference
Artificial Intelligence : New pathways towards cultural heritage
4-6 November 2020
Vienna, Austria

Call for proposals for sessions, round tables, advanced archaeological trainings or science slam

We know how to digitize our heritage, so what is the next step: making our Cultural Heritage more accessible to the general public / researchers, and even accessible when it is not there anymore.

In recent years, the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches has increased rapidly in cultural heritage (CH) management and research. A main driver is the availability of remote sensing data, allowing us to detect new archaeological sites and to monitor the preservation of known monuments. Due to advances in computer power and a wide range of free machine learning tools, large amounts of remote sensing data can be processed automatically for CH purposes instead of covering only small areas by expert inspection.
>>More about the theme

More information about the call is available at this link.

Deadline for submissions: 8 March


7. [NEW ITEM] Caribbean Conversations in Conservation, 16-19 March 2020, Barbados – registration open

We are very pleased to announce that registration for the UWI/OAS Caribbean Conversations in Conservation Conference, March 16-19, 2020 is OPEN!

The #CCCConference2020 will be held at University of the West Indies Cave Hill at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management as well as at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society. Register now for this exciting workshop-based conference. We have sessions that will speak to Climate Change and Heritage; Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response; Communities; Object Care and Handling and so much more!

Register now at the conference website.


8. [NEW ITEM] Books in Exchange for Book Reviews

The following new publications are 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.

Please email Ian Kelly, the HE Reviews Editor, if you are interested in reviewing any of the above titles and to find out the timeframe for submission of reviews. First come, first served!


9. [NEW ITEM] Living Heritage Grants Program – Round 5 applications open 17 February 2020

Safeguarding and reactivating our heritage  

Applications for Round 5 of the Victorian Government’s competitive community Living Heritage Grants Program will open on 17 February 2020 and close on 9 April 2020.   

Eligible applicants may apply for an amount between $20,000 and $200,000 per project, to fund conservation works to ‘at risk’ places and objects included on the Victorian Heritage Register.  

To find out if you are eligible, read the 2020 Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions at this link

To apply, follow the link to the online application portal (accessible from 17 February 2020).

What’s new for Round 5?  

  • Applicants are required to contact the Living Heritage team by 27 March before applying (see link below)
  • Priority consideration may be given to the conservation of Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) listed places and objects located in Victorian communities impacted by bushfires

For more information, please visit the Living Heritage Grants Program website or email the Living Heritage Grants Program team.


10. [NEW ITEM] “Towards a Sustainable Future: Managing Change in Historic Urban Areas and the Surrounding Landscape”, 26-27 March 2020, Netherlands

International meeting: “Towards a Sustainable Future: Managing Change in Historic Urban Areas and the Surrounding Landscape”,  Bussum (Fort Werk IV), 26-27 March 2020, the Netherlands.

The Defence Line of Amsterdam and the proposed extension the New Dutch Water Line are organising an international meeting to get answers on the question how to deal with urban and/or development pressure on the city/landscape of World Heritage properties, like for example the Defence Line of Amsterdam. 

There are ongoing discussions concerning (World Heritage) cities facing challenges due to dynamic urban development, but what about the cultural landscapes, the areas that connect the cities and the landscapes around them? These landscapes are under pressure (eg. housing quotas, infrastructure and recreation). Climate change and energy transition are issues that will change the spatial quality. How can a dynamic environment be combined with maintaining the (world) heritage values or even enhancing them? During the meeting we would like to use case studies and discussion to highlight the challenges and potential strategies on how to deal with it. The intention is to discuss these challenges on various levels and various practices, eg. policy making, planning, design. If we want to deal with them effectively, we should work towards an integrated approach.

The meeting has three main aims:

• raise awareness regarding the issue of urban and/or development pressure on the city/landscape
• share knowledge with people who are involved in other (potential) World Heritage sites
• working towards a strategy on how to deal with these challenges in the best way possible

At the end of the meeting we would like to have a statement on heritage in high dynamic areas: what are the do’s and don’ts, how to manage dynamics and perspectives in these areas, what kind of development is possible and how do you enforce the (world) heritage values and spatial quality in the same time? 

The meeting will take place on 26-27 March 2020 (arrival afternoon/evening of 25 March). It will be in Bussum (Fort Werk IV), the Netherlands. There is no fee to attend the meeting, meals during the programme are included, and accommodation will be provided for in a hotel nearby. See the meeting website for more information regarding the programme and registration. 

Contact Rein Kruk by email if you have any questions or would like more information. 


11. [NEW ITEM] Rock Art and World Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa seminar, 31 March 2020, National Heritage Institute, Paris

The Department of European and International Affairs and the Directorate General of Heritage of the French Ministry of Culture are organizing an international seminar on Rock Art and World Heritage in Sub-Saharan Africa on 31 March 2020 at the National Heritage Institute in Paris.

The objective of the seminar will be to present the challenges and issues of research, conservation, protection and sustainable management of sites that can arise from this type of property. This seminar will be an opportunity to share good practices on these issues, through concrete cases of sub-Saharan African properties already inscribed on the World Heritage List or on the Tentative Lists.

Registration for the seminar is free but compulsory within the limit of available places. You can send your request by email to Caroline Gaultier-Kurhan, Officer for African Museums and Heritage at the French Ministry of Culture.

More information in the Rock Art & WH séminaire Programme_31-03-20 – (Note: we were only provided with this programme in French).


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

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


13. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICCROM

To view the latest news from ICCROM, click here.


14. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – What’s On

Click here for information on upcoming events at the Johnston Collection.


15. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House

To read the latest newsletter from the Old Parliament House, click here.




GA2020 Workshop – Caring For Country: Pacific and Indigenous Voices on Culture, Heritage and the Climate Crisis, 3 October 2020

Indigenous peoples are on the frontlines of a climate crises they did not create, threatening cultural identity and magnifying long-standing issues of territory and appropriation. This workshop, a side event just before GA2020, will be a space for Indigenous Pacific people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island voices on cultural heritage as human right and on caring for places and community in a changing climate, as well as for discussing partnerships and solidarity with the global cultural heritage community.

The Caring For Country workshop will be held on 3 October 2020. We are keen to make sure there is a good involvement of delegates and speakers from Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Pacific people.

Core elements are likely to include:

  • One day program – 9am to 5pm, Saturday 3 October 2020
  • 60-120 participants
  • We will seek sponsorship support to reduce the costs per delegate
  • Travel grants for Pacific nations people to attend (applications NOW CLOSE 15 Marchapply here)
  • Speakers and presentations from Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Pacific delegates – snapshots (short), discussions and longer presentations
  • Preference will be given to delegates registering as Indigenous

Indigenous people who would require support to attend are encouraged to contact the organisers by email. For more information on Caring For Country, including on possible financial support, please contact GA2020 Sustainability Focal Point Helen Wilson by email.


Don’t miss your chance to attend the GA2020 Youth Forum! Round 2 applications start on Monday 3 February

Under the themes of Stain, Grain and Re-Frame, join the conversation and help shape the future of cultural and heritage conservation around the world.

  • How are places stained by the past, and shaped by contemporary heritage practice?
  • How can we ‘move against the grain’ of major global trends in the context of a changing world?
  • What is the future of heritage, and where and how do we as emerging professionals fit in?

Round 2 applications start on Monday 3 February. For more information, visit the GA2020 website.


ICOMOS GA2020 Bushfire Statement

Communities around Australia have been experiencing unprecedented bushfires, with larger, more severe and more widespread fires, and an earlier than usual start to the season.

GA2020 organisers would like to extend our sympathies to all those members and people in the community who have suffered from the bushfires. As in the wider community, many of our ICOMOS members have been personally affected, losing homes, needing to evacuate urgently, or at the very least experiencing prolonged unhealthy air quality. Many ICOMOS members have been involved and will continue to be involved in helping communities in response and recovery action, and in improving their preparedness and developing mitigation strategies. Australia ICOMOS is further developing its online toolkit in emergency recovery and participating in a range of partnerships, such as with Blue Shield Australia, local meetings and strategic initiatives in affected areas.

Scientific evidence shows that as the world warms due to human-induced climate change, we will experience an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. On the basis of scientific evidence, the Garnaut Climate Change Review in 2008 clearly stated the bushfire danger: …fire seasons will start earlier, end slightly later and generally be more intense. This effect increases over time, but should be directly observable by 2020.

These fires, as clear evidence of climate change, reinforce the need for climate action by us all. We need to speak out and take action, both personally and professionally. Many heritage sites, including natural heritage, cultural landscapes and built heritage sites, have been severely affected or destroyed by the recent bushfires. A key part of our role as heritage professionals in disaster risk preparedness is to develop appropriate planning tools, adaptation/mitigation strategies, conservation responses and recovery action now and into the future.

ICOMOS states that climate change has become one of the most significant and fastest growing threats to people and their cultural heritage worldwide. ICOMOS embraces a dual approach to the issue that emphasises both responding to the risks that climate change poses to cultural heritage and also champions heritage as a source of resilience and an asset to climate action, whose potential is unlocked through better conservation and management of the world’s tangible and intangible cultural resources.

Sessions at the GA2020 will be addressing some of the ways cultural heritage practice has responded to the bushfire emergency and how we can all engage in climate action. We encourage you to join these conversations at GA2020 by registering at the GA2020 website.




Become a member of ICOMOS and enjoy discounts on GA2020 registration! Submit your Australia ICOMOS membership application by Friday 7 February

This 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 is open and early bird prices 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 Australia ICOMOS members! 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 first batch of applications for 2020 is COB Friday 7 February.

Join now and be part of the amazing heritage experience coming to Australia this year!


Australia ICOMOS / DOCOMOMO Sydney Talk Series, 18 February

The Influence of Islamic Architecture on the work of Jørn Utzon
presented by Peter Mould

Jørn Utzon’s work incorporated lessons from traditional cultures, and his travels allowed him to experience and draw from many traditional influences including Mesoamerica, China, Japan and Islam. His work shows a clear understanding of the principles that were inherent in traditional Islamic architecture and a creative and inventive reinterpretation of them in buildings and elements of all scales.

This talk looks at those aspects of Utzon’s work that are drawn from Islamic culture. It examines influences from both the grand formal buildings – mosques and palaces, as well as vernacular architecture – the courtyard house, the town layout, the modular nature of cellular construction, and the sculptural expression of traditional forms such as wind towers.

Peter Mould was the NSW Government Architect from 2006 to 2012. He has over 40 years’ experience in Australia and overseas in both the private sector and government. He regularly sits on design juries for competitions and projects in Australia and internationally. He has served on the Central Sydney Planning Committee, NSW Heritage Council and chaired its Approvals Committee, was Deputy President of the NSW Architects Registration Board, and a Councillor for the International Union of Architects. His projects have received numerous awards for architecture, urban design and adaptive reuse. His experience is in the design, documentation and construction of major public architectural and urban design projects. He writes and lectures on architecture with a particular interest in Islamic Architecture.

Time & Date: Tuesday 18 February 2020, 5.30pm for 6pm start

Cost: Members $15, non-members $20

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

RSVP / bookings: by Friday 14 February 2020 / 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 Sydney Talks Series_Peter Mould talk_Feb 2020 flyer.


Australia ICOMOS bushfire response – UPDATED INFORMATION

Australia ICOMOS is distressed and deeply saddened by the losses sustained in the devastating bushfires that have swept across Australia in recent months. While impacts on lives and communities are, of course, the principal concern at this time, the extent of the impact on our cultural and environmental heritage is also becoming clear.

Bushfire toolkit

Recognising that fire seasons in Australia are starting earlier, lasting longer and are increasingly intense, Australia ICOMOS has started preparing an online toolkit to provide guidance for bushfire preparedness (preventative measures), response and recovery. We are appealing to Australia ICOMOS members to forward details of policies, procedures and toolkits that have proved effective in addressing these issues. Examples may be from Australia or overseas – eg. wildfires in California during 2019 burned over 100,000 hectares of land. If you know of relevant precedents please provide the name of the webpage/publication, an electronic link and a short summary of the website, webpage or publication to the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email by the end of January.



Bushfire guidelines

Australia ICOMOS is also reviewing and updating the Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Places Damaged by Fire that was prepared as a draft in response to the January 2003 Bushfires in South East Australia. The intent is to provide concise, practical guidance that identifies preventative measures (such as ember screens and aerial delivery of fire retardant), as well as measures to be implemented in the event of fire and following fire. The toolkit and guidelines are being prepared as a matter of urgency and will be made available at the earliest opportunity. More information will be available in future e-news issues and we will also send notifications through our Social Media (see links at the end of this newsletter).

Blue Shield Australia

Throughout this terrible fire season, Australia ICOMOS is working closely with Blue Shield Australia (BSA), the Australian arm of an international organisation that works to protect the cultural heritage threatened by natural and manmade disasters. ICOMOS is one of four ‘pillars’ or founding members of Blue Shield. For further information about BSA and its activities visit the Blue Shield Australia website and also this specific page on fire-related resources.


Finally, a reminder that the most effective way of supporting communities affected by the bushfires is to donate cash, not goods. Donations can be made via the Australian Red Cross website.




AMaGA Victoria events, 13 &19 February – bookings open

Bookings are now open for the following AMaGA Victoria February events.

Twilight Tours

Meet the curator on a guided tour of two current exhibitions; ‘Velvet, Iron, Ashes’ at the State Library of Victoria and ‘Pleasure’ at RMIT Gallery.

Date: Thursday 13 February
Time: 5.15pm-7.15pm
Venue: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Cost: Members Free, Non-members $10


Braver! Bolder!

In collaboration with ENVi and the SPP network this seminar will explore socially engaged education programs.

Date: Wednesday 19 February
Time: 2pm-4pm
Venue: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Cost: ENVI and AMaGA Vic members $25, Non-members $30





2020 South West Heritage Conference: SAVE THE DATE – 28-29 May 2020 | Register your interest to present by 10 February

2020 South West Heritage Conference
28-29 May 2020, Busselton

The 2020 South West Heritage Conference provides an opportunity for professional and business development, alongside extensive networking opportunities for private owners of heritage places, those currently working within government, the heritage sector, academia, small museums or galleries or heritage tourism and interpretation.

This year’s Conference theme ‘Encounters’ encompasses a diverse program that seeks to explore our State’s heritage from a wide range of perspectives, and will be of value to all those with an interest in Western Australian heritage. Integrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal heritage and settler-focused heritage, with an emphasis on cultural exchange and truth telling, ‘Encounters’ will examine WA’s past through a new lens.

Expressions of interest are invited for presentations, workshops, discussions and other activities to create a quality event for the heritage sector.

Those with an interest in heritage, tourism, academics, government or anyone with an interesting heritage story to tell is invited to make contact with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Further information on the conference and an Expression of Interest Form can be found on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.

Register your interest to present

To register your interest to present, please complete the Expressions of Interest form by 5pm, Monday 10 February 2020.


CIIC – new website and 2020 Scientific Meeting, 10-17 February, México

The International Committee on Cultural Routes (CIIC) has a new website. They will also be hosting their 2020 meeting, with the theme Living the Cultural Routes, from 10-17 February in Chihuahua, Chih. México.

See this link for more information about the meeting and to register.


TERRA 2021 / 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage, 8-11 June 2021, USA – call for abstracts deadline 1 March 2020

ISCEAH, the International Scientific Committee on Earthen Architectural Heritage, is happy to announce the Call for Abstracts for TERRA 2021.

World Congress

TERRA 2021 / 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage: Looking back, Moving Forward – Advances in Conservation will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, from 8-11 June 2021. The languages of the World Congress will be English and Spanish. 600 experts are expected to come from six continents to attend this event.


TERRA 2021 is being organized by The Getty Conservation Institute, the National Park Service – Vanishing Treasures Program, and the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design.

Main aim

This 13th World Congress will contribute to awareness raising, giving value to conservation efforts undertaken worldwide, to preserve one of our most diversified and universal, but also fragile and endangered heritage: the earthen architectural heritage.


  • Southwestern US and Northern Mexico
  • Archeological sites
  • Historic Buildings and Structures
  • Urban Settings
  • Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Routes
  • Advances in research
  • History of Conservation
  • Education and Advocacy
  • Risk and Vulnerability
  • Care by and for Communities

Deadlines and Contacts

The deadline for abstract submission is 1 March 2020.

Further information is available at TERRA 2021 website. Any questions can be addressed to TERRA 2021 email.


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.


International DOCOMOMO conference, 10-13 September 2020, Japan

16th International DOCOMOMO Conference: Resilient Inheritability – Sharing Values of Global Modernity
10-13 September 2020
Tokyo, Japan

The 16th International DOCOMOMO Conference will take place in Tokyo, organized by DOCOMOMO Japan, with the theme “Resilient Inheritability: Sharing Values of Global Modernity”.

Today, not only in Europe, but in Japan, South America, Africa and throughout the world, the architectural cultural heritage that we call the “Modern Movement” (MoMo) has been exposed to the major force of conscious/unconscious destruction.

We can trace the causes to three reasons:

1. Popular Ignorance of the MoMo
2. Self-Vulnerability of MoMo
3. Skepticism towards MoMo-Ideology

Hence, we are embarking on a mission to mitigate these three elements of threat that are endangering the MoMo. We are calling for those experts who are directly and indirectly connected to the movement, but also all the people interested in the protection of the MoMo in a renewed future, to come together to offer knowledge and experience. There are, also, three types of knowledge that we must collect from the global community. From the experts:

1. Knowledge of revitalization and reinterpretation;
2. Technology, methodology and policy to revitalize the value and the vitality of the MoMo. And, from the adults gathered around the experts and the children who will carry our world towards the future;
3. Knowledge of education and enlightenment.

For more information visit the DOCOMOMO Australia website and also the DOCOMOMO website.




UPDATED ITEM: National Trust Advocacy Committee New Members – Cultural and Environmental Heritage Experts: EOI DEADLINE EXTENDED TO due 16 February 2020

The National Trust of Australia (QLD) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for membership to our expert advisory committee, the Advocacy Committee.


  • The work of the National Trust of Australia (QLD) is supported by expert advisory committees;
  • The Advocacy Committee was formed in November 2016 to guide and support the Trust’s advocacy activities and campaigns;
  • The committee’s role is to assist the National Trust achieve its objective of being a strong voice for Queensland heritage, and a respected and innovative advocate for Queensland’s natural, built and cultural heritage.
  • The committee’s priorities are to:
    • Advocate for improved legislation, regulation, management, resourcing, protection, celebration and interpretation of Indigenous, natural and cultural heritage by government at all levels, and with due regard to the Australian Council of National Trust’s role in national issues.
    • Advocate for the protection and conservation of classified and registered places and places with demonstrable heritage significance under threat or at risk of destruction or major and irretrievable loss of significance.
    • Advocate for the identification, protection, conservation and celebration of under-represented and emerging types and classes of heritage places and objects.

Cultural Heritage and Environmental Heritage Specialists

We are particularly seeking the appointment of experts in the areas of:

  • Indigenous heritage (Indigenous background is not a requirement, but is preferred);
  • Environmental (natural) heritage; and
  • Communications or government liaison.

For more information, see the Call for EOI_New Members Advocacy Committee_January 2020.

EOIs are due 4pm, Monday 3rd February 2020.


City of Stirling History and Heritage Awards – nominations close 14 February 2020

The History and Heritage Awards recognise and reward conservation efforts by individuals and groups within the City in the pursuit of conserving the City’s history and heritage.

Nominations for the 2020 awards are open!

We have separated history and heritage into two categories. The history category focuses on photographs from times gone by. The heritage category focuses on the conservation of the built environment, streetscapes, education and the promotion of heritage within the wider community.

Entries for the History and Heritage Awards close on Friday 14 February 2020 at 5.00pm.

For more information, click here.


Expressions of interest invited for appointments to the Heritage Council of Victoria – deadline: 14 February

The Minister for Planning, the Hon. Richard Wynne, MLA, is seeking applications for the following appointments from individuals who wish to serve on the Heritage Council of Victoria:

  • One member with recognised skills or expertise in financial management
  • One member with recognised skills or expertise in urban or regional planning
  • One alternate member with recognised skills or expertise in engineering or building construction
  • One alternate member with recognised skills or expertise in heritage law, planning law or property law
  • One alternate member with recognised skills or expertise in financial management

These appointments will be from 1 July 2020 for a term of three years.

For more information and to apply, visit the Heritage Council of Victoria website.

Expressions of interest close on Friday 14 February 2020.


KAVHA Advisory Committee expert member call for Expressions of Interest – deadline: Monday 17 February 2020

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development is calling for Expressions of Interest for an expert member to join the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) Advisory Committee.

Located on Norfolk Island, KAVHA is one of Australia’s most interesting and important heritage sites. It is a living showcase of Polynesian, convict and Pitcairn Islander history, and one of eleven sites that make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.

The KAVHA Advisory Committee provides the department with expert and independent advice to guide the management of KAVHA, including:

  • best practice techniques to conserve the existing fabric and heritage objects present on the site
  • actions that will protect and present, with authenticity, the rich and interwoven natural and cultural landscape of KAVHA
  • strategies to achieve effective governance and good management
  • opportunities to improve tourism use and the financial sustainability of the site
  • approaches for facilitating enduring community partnerships

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Advisory Committee and helping shape the future of this unique site, we encourage you to submit an Expression of Interest or ask that you share this information among your networks.

The Advisory Committee typically meets twice a year on Norfolk Island and is chaired by the Administrator of Norfolk Island. Members are paid daily sitting fees for official committee meeting days and all travel and accommodation costs are covered. The timing of meetings is chosen to best suit the members of the committee, and in-person attendance on Norfolk Island is expected.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest addressing the assessment criteria, and including the names and contact details of two referees.

Written Expressions of Interest should demonstrate a high degree of skill and experience in one or more of the following:

  • heritage conservation
  • archaeology
  • collection management
  • land use management and planning
  • tourism and related business development for sites with similarities to KAVHA

The KAVHA Advisory Committee Information Pack is available this link and contains additional information about the assessment criteria, assessment process and the Advisory Committee’s operation.

Expressions of Interest should be submitted to the KAVHA Secretariat by email by 4.30pm (AEDT) on Monday 17 February 2020.

For further information about the KAVHA Advisory Committee, please contact:

Ms Teresa Morey
Director, Heritage and Economic Development
Norfolk Island and Mainland Territories Branch
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
02 6274 8050 or email the KAVHA Secretariat


The University of Tasmania: Master of Tourism, Environmental and Cultural Heritage – applications open, course starts 24 February

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.

Interested individuals are encourage to apply ASAP.


2020 Keck Award – call for nominations open & closes 4 March

The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) Keck Award was generously endowed by Sheldon and Caroline Keck to commemorate their shared lives of distinguished achievement in conservation. The award is presented every two years at the IIC Congress to the individual or group who has, in the opinion of the IIC Council, contributed most towards promoting public understanding of conservation and engagement with the accomplishments of the conservation profession, and always generates interesting and worthy nominations.

The award consists of a certificate and a prize of £2500, which will be presented at the next biennial IIC Congress in Edinburgh, 2-6 November 2020, on the topic of Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation. This congress will bridge the divide between built heritage and in-situ collections including decorative surfaces as well as moveable objects – ceramics, curtains, furniture, glass, paintings, sculpted ornaments, tapestries etc – housed in the buildings for which they were collected or commissioned.

Details of previous award winners can be found on the IIC website.

We are now inviting nominations for the 2020 Keck Award. If you would like to propose yourself, or a colleague or institution, or project, please send your nomination to the IIC office by email with the words ‘Keck Award’ in the subject line to arrive by Monday 4 March 2020 (5pm GMT). Posted nominations can be sent to by IIC, 3 Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ, UK.

The nomination should include the name, job title and professional address of the individual (or of all the partners in a group project) and should include the following:

  • a statement of between 500 and 1000 words describing the nominee’s public outreach and engagement activities
  • two or three photographs in support of this statement
  • an outline of what supporting material, such as publications, websites, videos, or evidence of media coverage, is available (you may be asked to supply these at a later date)


2020 Marrickville Medal for Conservation – submissions open and close 8 March

Submissions are now open for the 2020 Built Environment Awards! There are two awards:

Marrickville Medal for Conservation

The Marrickville Medal for Conservation has been awarded annually since 1995 and was one of the first of its kind in New South Wales.

It celebrates built conservation works that contribute to the understanding and preservation of the Inner West’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.

The award coincides with the state-wide National Trust Heritage Festival held in April–May every year.

Inner West Urban Photography Competition

The Inner West Urban Photography Competition is open to people of all ages and abilities, and encourages people to engage with the Inner West Council urban landscape.

For more information and to enter, visit the Inner West Council website.

Submissions close Sunday 8 March 2020.


REVISED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) – submissions NOW DUE 17 April 2020

Last week Professor Graeme Samuel AC released a statement acknowledging the impact of the devastating bushfires on communities and our precious environment. He has extended the deadline for providing initial submissions in response to the discussion paper.

Submissions are welcome at any time and are now due by Friday 17 April 2020.


Members are encouraged to contribute to this review of the EPBC Act. Australia ICOMOS will also be formally considering a submission and other engagement with this process. If members do make a submission, it would be helpful if this could be shared with Australia ICOMOS. Please send a copy of your submission to Duncan Marshall via email.

Independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – Discussion paper released and public submissions open

Professor Graeme Samuel AC released a discussion paper as part of the independent review of the EPBC Act.

The discussion paper is to start the conversation about how the EPBC Act has operated and whether it is fit for the future. The discussion paper outlines the Act, what it does and where it came from. Potential areas of focus for the review are explored, and options for reform floated. These are not settled views, rather a starting point to stimulate discussion.

Read the discussion paper / Find out more about making a submission

All interested parties are invited to provide written submissions in response to this paper as early as possible.


UPDATED ITEM: Japan “Modern Architecture” Tour (MOMO and much more): 2-10 September 2020



Japan is a globally renowned for innovative and fascinating architecture and is also home to some remarkable examples of Modern Architecture of the 20th Century.

The 2020 JAPAN “MODERN ARCHITECTURE” TOUR offers the opportunity to see and visit some outstanding examples of Modern Architecture including buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Kenzo Tange, Le Corbusier, Fumihiko Maki and many more famous Japanese architects. Combine this with some wonderful contemporary architecture by the same architects, as well as art exhibitions and of course, Japanese food and culture, the 2020 JAPAN “MODERN ARCHITECTURE” TOUR will be a truly memorable experience.

This unique 8-day tour will visit the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, the ancient city of Kyoto and nearby Osaka and will be personally conducted by Australian Architect, former Japan resident and Japan Expert, Robert Day FRAIA.

The next International Docomomo Conference will be held in Tokyo from 10 September 2020, so if you are planning to visit Japan for the conference, this tour is the perfect complement. Even if you are not attending the conference, it will be a great opportunity to visit Japan and experience the amazing architecture and culture of Japan.

For more information visit this link or email Robert Day.

**(Disclaimer: Note, the 2020 JAPAN “MODERN ARCHITECTURE” TOUR offered by Robert Day Travel is not associated with the 16th International DOCOMOMO Conference Tokyo Japan 2020 nor is it endorsed or organised by DOCOMOMO International, DOCOMOMO Japan or DOCOMOMO Australia).




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Officer, Brisbane City Council

The City Planning and Economic Development Branch is the engine room for the strategic direction of the future planning and shape of Brisbane through the development of the City Plan, neighbourhood plans, policy guidelines, city and suburban projects, supporting infrastructure and long-term economic growth.

Brisbane City Council’s Strategic Planning section are seeking a suitably qualified Heritage Officer to support the delivery of City Architecture and Heritage Team functions on a day-to-day basis.

Based in Brisbane’s CBD and reporting to the Principal Heritage Architect, this role represents an attractive opportunity for emerging built-environment specialists, architects, urban planners or other similar early-stage career specialists to make a valued contribution to Council’s work in managing heritage places and the cultural identity across Brisbane.

Your work will involve a range of activities requiring you to interpret and apply legislation within Council policies to matters related to cultural heritage and the built environment.

For more information about this opportunity, click here.

Closing Date:  Friday 14 February 2020


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT RAP Manager, Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, Geelong/Ballarat

About Us

Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation, trading as Wadawurrung, is a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) with statutory responsibilities for cultural heritage in accordance with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, and is the representative body for Wadawurrung Traditional Owners.

Wadawurrung’s RAP area covers over 10,000 square kilometres on the western side of Melbourne and includes the major regional cities of Geelong and Ballarat. This area incorporates the activities of 11 local councils – including many that are experiencing very high rates of growth in terms of population, infrastructure, commercial and residential development. Wadawurrung Country also incorporates the start of the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s most iconic and popular tourist destinations.

About the Opportunity

Wadawurrung is seeking to appoint a RAP Manager to oversee their RAP operations. The successful candidate will hold, at minimum, an Honours Degree in Archaeology or a related field, have five or more years’ experience working in the Victorian cultural heritage sector, and possess excellent communication and leadership skills.

Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and other Indigenous people are encouraged to apply. The role is to be based in either Geelong or Ballarat. An attractive salary package will be offered and negotiated on the basis of qualifications and experience.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Applications will be accepted until COB Friday 14 February 2020.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant (Built Heritage focus), URBIS, Sydney

Heritage Consultant (Built Heritage focus)

  • Established, industry leading built Heritage team
  • Permanent role with strong career development opportunities
  • Brand new office in premium Sydney CBD location

An opportunity has arisen in our Sydney office for a Heritage Consultant, suitably qualified with a Masters in Heritage Conservation or equivalent experience.

Urbis is a firm that truly values its people. In our new, contemporary office location in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s a place where you are encouraged to share your ideas in a professional, friendly and agile working environment.

We are looking for someone with a passion for built heritage who is wanting to develop their career in an industry leading firm. As a key member of the team, you will be involved in conducting research across a diverse, high profile and challenging range of projects, contributing to reports and advice for our clients.

About You

As a Heritage Consultant there is a requirement to demonstrate an understanding of built heritage principles in order to undertake a range of tasks independently, and as directed in relation to the day-to-day operation and management of work in the Heritage team. This requires an understanding of heritage and statutory planning, at both a strategic and technical level, to assist the team with providing practical advice on a range of heritage services.

More information

Visit this link for a more detailed position description

How to apply?

If you are an enthusiastic candidate, with the desire to become part of a driven and highly professional team, please click apply at the link above. Or for a highly confidential discussion please call Anastasia Zappert, HR Consultant on (02) 8424 5111.

We are looking to appoint this position as soon as possible so encourage applications to be lodged as soon as possible.


[INFORMATION UPDATED] SITUATION VACANT World Heritage Delegation Representative (Indigenous), Department of the Environment and Energy

7 February 2020 updated information

The Australian Government is currently recommending that Australians do not travel to China due to the increased risk from novel coronavirus. Other governments have similar advice in place.

If it is not possible for the 44th World Heritage Committee meeting to go ahead in China, we anticipate it will be held at the UNESCO world headquarters in Paris, France. This follows the process taken for the 2016 meeting originally planned for Istanbul, Turkey (rescheduled due to security concern), and the 2003 meeting originally planned for Suzhou, China (rescheduled due to the risk of SARS).


EOI – APS5/6 EL1 – World Heritage Delegation Representative (Indigenous)

The International Heritage and Whales Section in the Department of the Environment and Energy is the Focal Point for Australia’s engagement on matters related to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The convention aims to protect and manage natural and cultural places of Outstanding Universal Value for future generations. The World Heritage List includes the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Willandra Lakes, the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza. Australia is one of the 21 members currently elected to form the Committee, which brings added decision making responsibilities.

At the last World Heritage Committee meeting, Australia made a number of interventions to shape international heritage policy. Australia also listed the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, a nomination driven by the Gunditjmarra people, representing the earliest living example of aquaculture in the world with a history of eel farming dating back over 6,000 years.

Australia’s World Heritage delegation (a team of six) reports to the Head of Delegation – Mr Stephen Oxley, First Assistant Secretary from the Heritage, Reef and Marine Division. Recordings of the 43rd World Heritage Committee can be seen on YouTube (13min into 6 July 2019 AM).

The opportunity

This vacancy is an exciting opportunity for an Indigenous Australian person to actively participate in the preparation leading up to and attend UNESCO’s 44th World Heritage Committee meeting in Fuzhou, China (29 June – 9 July 2020). While this is a non-remunerated position, it provides a unique and rewarding professional development opportunity like no other. This position is targeting emerging Indigenous Australian professionals with an interest in heritage.

Applicants must first obtain approval from their employer to participate for approximately 25-27 business days interspersed from early April to mid-July 2020 as well as approximately 2 business days equivalent in 2021. Travel costs associated with domestic and international meetings will be covered by the International Heritage and Whales Section.

NOTE: This is a non-remunerated development opportunity. Internal staff will remain attached to their current position. Travel expenses will be covered by the International Heritage and Whales Section.

We welcome external staff to apply. See the 2020 – Indigenous Representative WHC44 – Job Description Jan 2020 for further details.

Applications close midnight 9 February 2020.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Consultant, NBRS Architecture (Sydney)

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 a positive attitude to take on each new task, no matter how big or small.

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


SITUATION VACANT Commonwealth Heritage Consultant, GML Heritage, Canberra

GML is a vibrant, attentive, and sustainable interdisciplinary consultancy that collaborates with clients and communities to deliver heritage services of enduring value. Our consulting team has expertise in urban planning, archaeology, architecture, public history, Aboriginal cultural heritage, and interpretation. We work all over Australia and have a great portfolio of challenging projects and you will work alongside experienced practitioners in an engaged and supportive environment.

GML Heritage is seeking a dynamic heritage specialist/project manager with Commonwealth heritage experience at a senior level. This is a full-time position based in Canberra.

Click on the following links for more information:




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