Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 914


  1. [NEW ITEM] Save the Date – Australia ICOMOS Jim Kerr Address, Saturday 18 April 2020, Sydney: Speaker announcement | Ticketing to come
  2. [NEW ITEM] Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Review
  3. [NEW ITEM] Rivers of Gold: How Mining Shaped Victoria’s Rivers, Bendigo (VIC), 27-28 February 2020
  4. [NEW ITEM] Tasmanian Heritage Community Networking event, 19 March, Hobart
  5. [NEW ITEM] Future Forum 2020 on Aboriginal Heritage in WA, 20 March 2020, Fremantle – registration open
  6. [NEW ITEM] Geelong Design Week 2020, 19-29 March
  7. [NEW ITEM] Ethel Shipwreck Time-Lapse Project – submit your image by 31 March
  8. [NEW ITEM] The Plain of Jars of Laos: Past, Present and Future talk, 3 April, Sydney
  9. [NEW ITEM] ICOMOS Joins the Smithsonian Institution to Address Climate Change and Cultural Heritage
  10. [NEW ITEM] International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage, 2-24 September 2020 – applications close 6 April 2020
  11. [NEW ITEM] Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conference, Switzerland, 6-8 April 2020
  12. [NEW ITEM] ICIP 2020 conference, 28-29 September 2020, Cambodia – registration open
  13. [NEW ITEM] Foundation for Jewish Heritage 2019 Review – available online









1. [NEW ITEM] Save the Date – Australia ICOMOS Jim Kerr Address, Saturday 18 April 2020, Sydney: Speaker announcement | Ticketing to come

Australia ICOMOS Jim Kerr Address on the International Day for Monuments and Sites
5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
18 April 2020
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

Australia ICOMOS is pleased to announce Ms Julianne Polanco, US/ICOMOS member and current California State Historic Preservation Officer, will be delivering the 2020 Australia ICOMOS Jim Kerr Address, with the theme: Cultural Dimensions of Climate Action: Driving Ambition for Resilient Communities.

Ms Polanco was appointed State Historic Preservation Officer by Governor Jerry Brown in 2015. She also served as Commissioner and Chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that, she was the Director of Cultural Resources for Lend Lease Americas, the Federal Preservation Officer for the Presidio Trust, and Assistant to the Vice President for programs at the World Monuments Fund.

Ticketing for this event will commence shortly.

Members who received an email last week about the post-address dinner please note: the limited place are filling fast – refer to this email and email Don Wallace if you wish to attend.


2. [NEW ITEM] Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Review

Members will have seen the previous e-news item highlighting this current review by the Commonwealth. Details of the review can be found at this link.

As part of the process to develop the formal Australia ICOMOS submission, members are invited to consider the Australia ICOMOS submission to the previous review in 2008, which can be found here. We would be keen to hear about new or key issues that should be raised in the current review. Please initially send brief details to Duncan Marshall via email.

The deadline for submissions to the review is 17 April, and it would be helpful to have any suggested new or key issues by 15 March for consideration for inclusion in the Australia ICOMOS submission.


3. [NEW ITEM] Rivers of Gold: How Mining Shaped Victoria’s Rivers, Bendigo (VIC), 27-28 February 2020

Rivers of Gold: How Mining Shaped Victoria’s Rivers – An Art-Science Symposium
La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo
27-28 February 2020

Gold, from antiquity through to the present day, is the iconic symbol of wealth. What is less appreciated is the lasting environmental cost associated with the prospecting, extraction, and processing of gold. Held in conjunction with the exhibition of an international print exchange, this symposium brings together humanities scholars, scientists, Traditional Owners and visual artists to reflect on the role of mining in shaping Victoria’s landscapes, past, present and into the future. Science provides the evidence, history the perspectives, and art the humanity of the experiences of living with former mining landscapes. Transdisciplinary dialogues draw us all further into understanding the network of meanings in rivers of gold.

For more information about this event, visit the conference website | see the conference program.


4. [NEW ITEM] Tasmanian Heritage Community Networking event, 19 March, Hobart

The Tasmanian Heritage Community Networking event will be happening on Thursday 19 March from 6.00-8.00pm at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

This event is an opportunity for those working in galleries, libraries, archives and museums, as well as history and heritage, to meet up over drinks and nibbles. This is also a chance for students studying Cultural Heritage through Deakin, Libraries and Info Management through Curtin, and Cultural heritage, History and Arts students from University of Tasmania to meet those working in the sector.

FREE! but click here to register (and for more information).


5. [NEW ITEM] Future Forum 2020 on Aboriginal Heritage in WA, 20 March 2020, Fremantle – registration open

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc (AACAI), the Anthropological Society of Western Australia (ASWA), and Australia ICOMOS (AICOMOS) are hosting a one-day symposium on Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia, to be held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle on 20 March 2020.

The symposium will bring together First Australians, representative bodies, heritage consultants, researchers, industry and other interested parties to explore and discuss what the future of Aboriginal heritage management could look like in Western Australia. There will be a number of speakers showcasing current achievements and future plans for enhancing Aboriginal heritage management, including community-led research, innovations and collaborative projects. A full program will be released shortly.

The Future Forum will be a remarkable opportunity to connect, share and discuss visions, aspirations, innovations and anticipated challenges as a collective of people working and engaging with Aboriginal cultural heritage within the state.

Interested individuals can register now via this link.

More information about the Future Forum, including registration details and event details, is in the Delegate Information pack. Keep up to date with the event Facebook page.

Download the Future Forum symposium flyer.


6. [NEW ITEM] Geelong Design Week 2020, 19-29 March

Geelong’s inaugural Design Week 2020 will be held from 19-29 March. Geelong was designated Australia’s first UNESCO City of Design in 2017.

Visit the Geelong Design Week website to explore the many events on offer.

The Geelong and Region Branch of the National Trust (Victoria) is presenting the following events as part of this Design Week:

Highlights of Geelong’s 20th century architecture – A guided walk through an important period in Geelong’s development
Saturday 21 March & Sun 29 March, 10.00am-12.00pm
Meet at the Johnstone Park Bandstand; cost $7
>> book here

The walk will take in many of Geelong’s Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Moderne buildings, and the Brutalist State Offices.

Geelong’s 20th Century Architecture: the Vision for Geelong
Friday 27 March, 2.00-4.30 pm
Gordon Gallery, 2 Fenwick St; cost $12
>> book here

This Panel Session is with Graeme Butler, noted heritage consultant who prepared the Geelong City Urban Conservation Study; Dr Christina Dyson, 20th Century heritage landscape expert; and Ren Inei, Director of Boom Gallery, on converting the Former Returned Soldiers and Sailors Woollen Mill to a Gallery. It was built in the 1920s to create work for returned servicemen.

Also of interest might be the Technology to capture our heritage open session – Wednesday 25 March, between 10:00am-1:00pm, National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool St, Geelong


7. [NEW ITEM] Ethel Shipwreck Time-Lapse Project – submit your image by 31 March



Could Ethel be South Australia’s most photographed shipwreck? Heritage South Australia is keen to find out. Share your photos or videos of this historic shipwreck to be considered for the Ethel Shipwreck Time-Lapse.

Built in 1876, Ethel was a 711-ton, three-masted iron barque, originally launched with the name Carmelo, which ran aground in a storm while en-route from South Africa in 1904. The Ethel wreck is located on the coast in Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula.

We are looking forward to viewing your imagery taken over the decades from your personal collections and selecting from these to add to our collection to compile an Ethel Shipwreck Time-Lapse, which will be made available for the public to enjoy.

For more information about this project, visit the SA Department for Environment and Water website.

Upload your digital photos or videos by 31 March 2020. 

Download the Ethel Shipwreck Project flyer.


8. [NEW ITEM] The Plain of Jars of Laos: Past, Present and Future talk, 3 April, Sydney

Join us for a discussion on the Plain of Jars of Laos and its future following its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

On 6 July 2019, in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Plain of Jars was inscribed as a World Heritage Monument: a unique testimony to a cultural tradition “which has disappeared”. For centuries, thousands of stone jars lay in splendid isolation, admired by villagers and the occasional European explorer. After the initial survey by Dr Madeleine Colani in 1931-1933, only now we begin to understand the complexities of the 100 sites spread over Xieng Khouang and Luang Prabang provinces. Nowadays the jars are viewed as a unique megalithic manifestation in Mainland Southeast Asia, rather than vessels “made by angels to drink liquors from”. What are the future prospects for these mysterious creations and what is the level of preparedness for the increased tourist visits that follow a nomination?

Date & time: 3 April, 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: University of Sydney, Camperdown

For more information about this FREE! event and to register, visit this link.

Download the Plain of Jars of Laos talk flyer.


9. [NEW ITEM] ICOMOS Joins the Smithsonian Institution to Address Climate Change and Cultural Heritage

Climate change has become one of the most significant threats to people and their cultural heritage around the globe. Cultural heritage is both impacted by climate change and an important part of strategies for driving climate action. So where does the cultural heritage community stand now in terms of engaging on climate change, where do we want to go and how do we get there?  The USA’s Smithsonian Institution is putting the focus squarely on these urgent questions at a two-day long symposium entitled ‘Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change.’ The event will be held on 5-6 March in Washington, DC. ICOMOS is proud to be joining with the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) as co-sponsors of the Symposium, which is being hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Collections Program.

>> read more about this collaboration


10. [NEW ITEM] International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage, 2-24 September 2020 – applications close 6 April 2020

Call for applications for the International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2020 (15th year, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto) has been announced. It will run from 2-24 September 2020, with the sub-theme “Towards the Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Risk of Fire”.

Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, typhoons, terrorism, etc. Recent examples include fires in Shuri Castle in 2019, the Notre-Dame de Paris in 2019, the National Museum of Brazil in 2018, and across Australia in 2019 and 2020, as well as a typhoon in Western Japan in 2018, earthquakes in Central Mexico in 2017, Kumamoto Japan, Central Italy, Myanmar in 2016, and Nepal in 2015, floods in the UK in 2015, in the Balkans in 2014, and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. In addition, climate change will cause floods, droughts and bushfires that can create huge damage to both cultural heritage and the natural environment. These disasters not only affect immovable heritage such as monuments, archaeological sites, and historic urban areas, but also cause damage to movable heritage, including museum collections, heritage objects, religious artefacts, and other artefacts that are of significance to local communities. In the aftermath of a disaster, many architectural fragments of damaged or collapsed buildings require documentation, handling and storage. As such, both movable and immovable heritage is exposed to various disasters.

In particular, fires have devastated a substantial number of heritage sites and museums in recent years. This devastation by fires is seen in the cases of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the National Museum of Brazil, the Glasgow School of Arts, the Windsor Castle, part of historic cities (e.g. Valparaiso in Chile and Lijiang in China), historic ships (e.g. the Cutty Sark), national monuments (e.g. the Namdaemun in South Korea), religious structures (e.g. the Wangdue Phodrang in Bhutan), and tombs (e.g. the Kasubi Tombs), as well as museums including the National Museum of Natural History in India and the Southwark Museum in the UK. These fires are caused by both natural and human-induced factors inside or outside of cultural heritage. The former includes bush or forest fires under high temperatures during periods of little or no rainfalls, lightning, and volcanoes. The latter includes electrical short circuits due to faulty wiring, smoking, open flames, the burning of candles, arson and bombing. Fires may also follow natural hazards such as earthquakes or hurricanes, as seen in the case of the Kobe earthquake in 1995 where fires destroyed significant parts of historic neighbourhoods made of wooden houses. There are also many instances in which fires are caused by negligence during the restoration and upgradation works of heritage buildings and museums. Inappropriate response measures, such as the misuse of fire extinguishing agents, may sometimes unintentionally cause damage to heritage sites, museums and their collections. As such, fires have resulted in the loss of both tangible and intangible components of cultural heritage; tangible ones include natural landscapes, archaeological materials, built structures and collections, and intangible ones include rituals, cultural practices and traditional skills.

The Guidelines and the Application Form are now available at the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University (R-DMUCH) website.

We would very much like to encourage Australian applications to this course, which is supported by UNESCO and ICCROM. It is a high quality course that will be extremely useful to managing disaster risk to heritage in Australia.

If you are thinking of applying please contact Catherine Forbes, a previous course participant. She will be happy to discuss the course and application procedure – send Catherine an email.  

Please apply! Applications close 6 April 2020.


11. [NEW ITEM] Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conference, Switzerland, 6-8 April 2020

Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, International Conference
6-8 April 2020

The Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 4th International Conference, will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss the leading question: How to succeed in attracting tourists while simultaneously engaging all stakeholders in contributing to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage?

HTHIC2020 is organised by the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) and consultancy Elgin & Co. (Netherlands) in collaboration with UNESCO-UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism, and Development” and under the patronage of the Swiss Commission for UNESCO. The conference will evolve around the theme “Living Heritage and Sustainable Tourism” with Mendrisio as a fascinating example of ‘living’ tangible and intangible heritage.

HTHIC2020 will evolve around the theme “Living Heritage and Sustainable Tourism” and bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss aspects of preservation, presentation, promotion, profit (in the sense of benefits for all involved) and purpose (well-being and the co-creation of thriving places).

Heritage and Slow Tourism

The concept of Slow Tourism is receiving increasing attention and referred to as an alternative to modern mass tourism and its negative impacts on places, communities and maybe also the tourists themselves. >> read more about this session at the conference

Visit the conference website for more information. ‌ ‌ ‌


12. [NEW ITEM] ICIP 2020 conference, 28-29 September 2020, Cambodia – registration open

The Board of the ICOMOS International Committee for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP) is pleased to announce the ICOMOS Interpretation 2020 Conference in Angkor, Cambodia. The conference will take place on 28-29 September 2020 with pre-conference tours on 26-27 September.

The ICIP Board is honored to be partnering with APSARA National Authority (Authority for the Protection of the Site and Management of the Region of Angkor). This conference will be held immediately before the 2020 ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney, to enable attendees to stopover in Asia before continuing on to Sydney. 

For further information, and to register for this conference, please visit the conference website.


13. [NEW ITEM] Foundation for Jewish Heritage 2019 Review – available online

The Foundation for Jewish Heritage has published its 2019 Review outlining its activities across the year which highlights the substantial progress being made.

The Review can be viewed here.




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.


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 CLOSE 3 APRIL

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.




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.


TALK – Australia Modern: The Book, 26 February, Melbourne

The legacy of modern design is all-pervasive in Australia, as captured in the 2019 book Australia Modern: architecture, landscape and design, edited by Hannah Lewi and Philip Goad and published by Thames & Hudson. This talk will reflect on the driving motivations for creating this significant collaborative publication and highlight some of the themes and exemplars it includes from Victoria and around Australia.

Hannah Lewi is a Professor of Architecture in the Melbourne School of Design, the University of Melbourne. She is also the Vice-Chair of Docomomo Australia and has published widely on Australian 19th and 20th-century architecture and heritage. She is the co-editor of Australia Modern and is also currently working on a collaborative research project and book on the design and legacy of the Australian campus in the 20th century.

Dr Giorgio Marfella is a lecturer in Architecture and Construction in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence (Italy) and is an internationally recognised expert of high-rise history. His research activity concentrates on the architecture and construction of modern tall buildings and processes of technology transfer and innovation of building products and materials.

Date: Wednesday 26 February
6:30 – 8:00 pm
$20 – $40
Robin Boyd Foundation, 290 Walsh St, South Yarra

Buy tickets at this link.


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).


TALK – City as Theatre and Laboratory: Is Tourism now the only Performer on the Dubrovnik Stage? 12 March, Sydney

Join the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, for a public talk by Associate Professor Sandra Uskokovic of the University of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Recent redistribution of property and a redirection of capital investment associated with the new market economy, and increased tourism flows buoyed by a wave of transformations in the UNESCO designated historic city of Dubrovnik, have led to the city’s museumification, gentrification and an effacement of public spaces and memory of the city. The production of consecrated, canonized images, and a romanticized image of the historical past, serving tourism and entertainment, have undermined its urbanity, replacing it with a monumental, static image.

Once a theatrical city, Dubrovnik is today a city laboratory for experimentation, choreographed in silent complicity with tourism, while urban image construction is entangled in short-term investment strategies. In a historical moment when the experience of public space seemed to be entirely mediated by ownership and finance, an opportunity emerged for art practices that highlight the complex social experiences of urban space in more creative and palpable ways that focus on the public interest. The Shadow Casters’ project is one such practice, a critical performance of memory that pieces together the performative depictions of urban images and the performative translations of mute urban objects in Dubrovnik. The project seeks to make the urban past present in ways that can be experienced, generating a knowledge of the relationship between past and present that is oftentimes troubling, and at other times comforting.

Date & time: 6:30pm, Thursday 12 March, light refreshments from 6pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 250, Wilkinson Building G04,148 City Road, Darlington, University of Sydney
FREE but please register at this link


TALK: Robin Boyd Annual Keynote Lecture – Melbourne Design Week, 18 March, Melbourne

In an era of global sameness, can architectural processes create the time and space to engage meaningfully with local traditions and enrich the culture of the everyday? This lecture breaks down Melbourne practice NMBW’s projects into a series of tangible pieces that articulate how decisions have been made and values embedded.

Presented by: National Gallery of Victoria and the Robin Boyd Foundation

Date: Wednesday 18 March
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Cost: $8 – $15
Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level, NGV International

Buy tickets at this link.


TALK – Good Design and Heritage: When New Meets Old, 18 March, Melbourne

Wednesday 18 March
6.15 – 7.15pm

MPavilion (located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road, Melbourne)

Heritage buildings and places are loved by the general public but as the world and our lives change they sometimes need to be re-imagined.

This panel of experienced practitioners, members of the Heritage Council of Victoria and OVGA architects discuss how good design can be matched with heritage to provide buildings and places that will be loved by the community in our future as well as our past. The discussion will also look at industrial heritage and how it can be re-imagined to shape life today.

Presented by Heritage Council of Victoria and Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA).

This event is presented in collaboration with Melbourne Design Week.

Find information about the speakers at this link.




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


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.


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


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.


“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.


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).


Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia – various locations around Australia throughout 2020

The Australian Women’s Leadership Symposia are a national series of events focused on the experiences of women leaders in the contemporary workforce.

Taking place in every state and territory capital between May and September, the Symposia are an unparalleled gathering of the best and brightest female talent. Keynote speakers include: Nova Peris, Ita Buttrose, Libby Trickett, Ann Sherry, Catherine Fox, Tammie Matson, Sallyanne Atkinson and many, many more.

The events will feature a range of presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions covering a highly captivating range of topics.

An attendance discount of 25% is currently available by entering code ANSY20 at the time of booking (available until each symposium sells out). For more information and to book, visit the Symposia website.




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.


National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards: submissions open and close 26 March

The National Trust (NSW) is calling out for submissions for the 2020 Heritage Awards

Do you know any projects completed in the last 12 months which promote or protect the built, natural or cultural heritage? The National Trust Heritage Awards recognises and celebrates outstanding heritage projects across NSW.

For more information, key dates, entry criteria, award categories and the entry process, visit the National Trust (NSW) website. Entries close on Thursday 26 March 2020.

Winners will be announced at the National Trust Heritage Awards Ceremony on Friday 8 May 2020 at Doltone House in Pyrmont, Sydney; click here for more information or to purchase tickets at an early bird discount (early bird discount finishes 28 February 2020).

Click here to watch last year’s ceremony highlights.

The National Trust Heritage Awards is a signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival, proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW.


Living Heritage Grants Program – Round 5 applications close on 9 April

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.


2020 Call for Proposals: Shared Cultural Heritage & Shared Underwater Heritage – deadline 1 October 2020

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, Australia, invites project proposals for Shared Cultural Heritage projects starting in 2020 that focus on:

1) Australian-Dutch Cultural Heritage
2) Australian-Dutch Underwater Cultural Heritage

Both Calls for Proposals can be found at the Kingdom of the Netherlands website.

The final deadline for applications is 1 October 2020.




SITUATION VACANT Heritage Advocacy Advisor, National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Melbourne

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is an independent, non-profit organisation supported by a large community base. We are Victoria’s premier heritage and conservation organisation and our mission is to inspire the community to appreciate, conserve and celebrate its diverse natural, cultural, social and Indigenous heritage.

Reporting to the Executive Manager – Advocacy, this exciting and challenging role in a multidisciplinary team provides a unique opportunity to get a wide range of experience in the heritage field. The Heritage Advocacy Advisor will lead strategic projects, including major campaigns and policy development; assess the impacts of proposed developments and major projects on heritage places across Victoria; advocate for positive heritage outcomes through planning processes; contribute to the National Trust’s Reconciliation goals; provide support to our expert advisory committees; and contribute to our public programs.

More information is available at this link.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 23 February or when a suitable applicant is found.


SITUATION VACANT Principal Heritage Officer, Dept of Environment and Science, Arts and Heritage, QLD

As the Principal Heritage Officer in the Heritage branch’s Development Assessment and Archaeology team, you are expected to provide a high standard of professional advice and technical guidance when assessing the impact of development on State heritage-listed places and areas. You are also required to facilitate long-term heritage conservation outcomes for these places and areas.

The Development Assessment and Archaeology team is highly-skilled and multidisciplinary, responsible for administering aspects of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992, including provisions related to exemption certificates, development by the State and heritage agreements, and terrestrial and maritime archaeology; as well providing technical advice on development involving places on the Queensland Heritage Register to various areas within to various areas within DSDMIP.

For more information about this opportunity, visit this link.

Applications close on 27 February 2020.


SITUATION VACANT Senior 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:


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.


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.




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