Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 916


  1. [NEW ITEM] Winners’ Tour: 2020 NSW Student Architecture Awards, 12 March, Sydney
  2. [NEW ITEM] Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses offered by Uni of Sydney – enrolment open
  3. [NEW ITEM] ICIP 2020 conference, 28-29 September 2020, Cambodia – revised deadline: submission of papers now due 6 April
  4. [NEW ITEM] Old Cities, New Challenges conservation course, 13-21 November 2020, George Town – applications close 15 April
  5. [NEW ITEM] George Alexander Foundation International Fellowships – applications open and close 24 April
  6. [NEW ITEM] International Conference on Tourism, 30 September-2 October 2020, Portugal – call for papers deadline 30 April
  7. [NEW ITEM] 2020 Community Heritage Grants – applications close 4 May 2020
  8. [NEW ITEM] Modernist & Memorial Sculpture in Australia & Beyond symposium, 30 April – 2 May 2020, Melbourne
  9. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – What’s On
  10. [NEW ISSUE] Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine – new issue available
  11. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin










1. [NEW ITEM] Winners’ Tour: 2020 NSW Student Architecture Awards, 12 March, Sydney

Please join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning to hear from winning USYD students about their projects.

A special presentation by architecture students across NSW whose outstanding work was recognised as part of the 2020 Australian Institute of Architecture NSW Student Architecture Awards. 

Date: Thursday 12 March
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: FREE!
Venue: University of Sydney Lecture Theatre 270(ALT 2) The Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd, Darlington
More information & register: via this link


2. [NEW ITEM] Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses offered by Uni of Sydney – enrolment open

OPEN STUDIO: Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Open Studio is a suite of masterclasses developed by the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning for industry professionals and lifelong learners interested in contemporary built environment and design issues. The programs are designed to efficiently and flexibly keep you informed and at the forefront of emerging technical and research developments in architecture and design.

Developed in conjunction with industry and disciplinary experts, our masterclasses draw on content embedded in the school’s postgraduate program offering.

The first two modules, Sustainable Architecture and 3D Printing for Architecture are now open for enrolments, with further modules coming online soon.

For more information visit the Open Studio catalogue


3. [NEW ITEM] ICIP 2020 conference, 28-29 September 2020, Cambodia – revised deadline: submission of papers now due 6 April

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.

Extension of deadlines

Registration for this conference has been extended as follows:

  • Early Bird: closes 6 May 2020
  • Registration closes: 31 July 2020

Submission of papers has been extended to 6 April 2020. Successful presenters will be notified by 29 April 2020.

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


4. [NEW ITEM] Old Cities, New Challenges conservation course, 13-21 November 2020, George Town – applications close 15 April

The Getty Conservation Institute has recently announced the next Old Cities, New Challenges conservation course, which will take place in George Town from 13-21 November 2020 (participants to arrive by Wednesday 11 November).

A short description of the course and the application material can be accessed at the Getty Conservation Institute website.

The course application deadline is 15 April 2020 and the Getty looks forward to welcoming another stimulating group of interested young professionals to George Town.

Recently, the Getty Magazine published a short article about the Penang course – click on this link to download the latest issue.


5. [NEW ITEM] George Alexander Foundation International Fellowships – applications open and close 24 April

Are you aged 18-35, have an innovative idea to improve your sector and would like a Fellowship to carry out international applied research? Then read on…

The George Alexander Foundation and the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) are offering five (5) international applied research Fellowships in the amount of $10,000 (less GST) each.

The 2020 George Alexander Foundation International Fellowship provides an opportunity for individuals to acquire higher-level skills and drive leading practice and innovation in Australia. It is intended that the Fellowship will demonstrate potential benefits for, and application in, Australia.

Applications should focus on the following areas:

  • Environment and Sustainability (this area can include heritage)
  • Alternative Energy
  • Education Sector
  • Conservation

However, if you have an innovative or significant Fellowship Proposal in an alternative field this may also be considered. Applications are welcome from residents of any state in Australia. 

For more information, visit this link.

Applications are now open and close at 4pm, 24 April 2020.

Download the 2020 GAF International Fellowship flyer.


6. [NEW ITEM] International Conference on Tourism, 30 September-2 October 2020, Portugal – call for papers deadline 30 April

CIT2020 – International Conference on Tourism “Well-Being and Peace Through Tourism: Reality Or Fiction?”
30 September-2 October 2020
ISCET, Porto, Portugal

The organisers of CIT2020, the International Conference on Tourism “Well-Being and Peace Through Tourism: Reality Or Fiction?”, invite the submission of abstracts.

Submissions due 30 April.

For more information, see the call for abstracts.


7. [NEW ITEM] 2020 Community Heritage Grants – applications close 4 May 2020

Applications for the 2020 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program are now open.

The CHG program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

For details on how to apply, see the guidelines and application form.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 4 May 2020 (AEST).

Download the 2020 Community Heritage Grants flyer.


8. [NEW ITEM] Modernist & Memorial Sculpture in Australia & Beyond symposium, 30 April – 2 May 2020, Melbourne

SYMPOSIUM: Modernist & Memorial Sculpture in Australia & Beyond
30 April – 2 May 2020

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the Duldig family in Australia

Keynote address and 2020 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Dr Arie Hartog, Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen, Germany

>> more information


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

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


10. [NEW ISSUE] Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine – new issue available

The latest issue of Engineering Heritage Australia’s Magazine can be downloaded from here.

This issue of the magazine starts with an update to what we can expect at the 2020 Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand in November this year.  Then Bill Phippen tells us an interesting story about the history of the Nowra Bridge across the Shoalhaven River, about 170km south of Sydney, and settles an old argument about the purpose for which this bridge was built.

Ken McInnes, in his research into engineering and industrial history, came across accounts of a large reinforced concrete barge and a reinforced concrete pontoon built in Sydney Harbour between 1914 and 1917 by Messrs Stone & Siddeley. He speculates that both could have been located at Circular Quay and asks if anyone in Sydney knows anything about them.

Frank Johnson has been fascinated with the history of Major-General A.C. Fewtrell, a railway engineer who rose to prominence in the Australian army in World Wars 1 and 2, and had an equally illustrious career in the NSW Railways, where he capped his achievements by supervising the design and construction of the second Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge.

The Connections pages include an interesting corollary to the Moon Landing story we told in the September 2019 issue of the Magazine. There are also notes about Newcastle and the BHP Steel Works there, the barque James Craig, and the NSW Locomotive 3801 (or 38-oh-1).


11. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin

To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin, click on the following link.




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.




Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Review – suggestions for Australia ICOMOS submission due 15 March

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.


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.


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.


Now Available: Proceedings of the Australia ICOMOS Cultural Landscape Symposium – Diversity and the Implications for Management, Hobart, Tasmania, 2018

The Proceedings of the Australia ICOMOS Cultural Landscape Symposium Diversity and the Implications for Management, which was held in Hobart, Tasmania, in November 2018, is now published (Australia ICOMOS, 2020) and available for free download in digital format from the Australia ICOMOS website. The 2018 Symposium was an initiative of the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Routes.

The volume provides an insight into the current state-of-play in the recognition and management of cultural landscapes. The Proceedings include nine papers from the 2018 Symposium, and collectively reflect a diversity of cultural landscapes and their different management needs. The papers focus largely on the Australian situation, although there are two overview papers that discuss the international framework for cultural landscape recognition and management and one paper focussed on an international urban landscape (Rio de Janeiro). Some papers explore the frameworks for identifying and managing broad classes of cultural landscape, while others look at how the diverse values of cultural landscapes need to be recognised and provided for in managing such landscapes. The papers explore a diversity of urban and rural cultural landscapes, as well as protected area landscapes and the challenges of integrating and managing their natural-cultural attributes and values.




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


Port Arthur Talk, 17 March 2020

How heritage is handling climate change, here and abroad
presented by Dr Caitlin Vertigan

This talk will review Dr Caitlin Vertigan’s recent keynote presentation to the international Sea Change conference in Blackpool, a summary of what everyone else in the international heritage world is talking about in relation to responses to the impacts of climate change, and the places she visited after the conference that are facing similar challenges to us. Far from being an isolated voice at the bottom end of the earth, Tasmania is contributing substantially to the global conversation about how we navigate the challenges in cultural heritage associated with a rapidly changing environment.

Caitlin has worked for PAHSMA for many years, but she has also done things like: getting a PhD in marine ecology, working in Victoria on both marine and terrestrial ecological projects, extensive science communication, and bridging the gap between the heritage and the scientific worlds. She is currently employed as a Conservation Project Officer at PAHSMA where she looks after the natural values of our varied sites, and facilitates the research program.

When: Tuesday 17 March at 5.00pm

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

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

Download the “How heritage is handling climate change, here and abroad” talk flyer.


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.


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).


Geelong Design Week 2020 event: A history of Geelong’s inventions, innovations, and promotions, Monday 23 March

You will be surprised by Geelong’s fascinating history as Dr David Rowe presents the innovations and promotions associated with our pioneering industries, local inventors and creative heritage.

Creative life in Geelong was shaped by it becoming Victoria’s wool capital and a manufacturing centre, a basis for over 60 inventions. Architectural design and wool technology partly underpinned its pioneering educational system in support of its key industries. The City exploited its regional identity with nationally-recognised exhibitions and promotions.

When: Monday 23 March, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Lt Malop St
Cost: Free

>> more information and bookings


Geelong Design Week 2020 event: Geelong inventions past and future – Industry Round Table, Tuesday 24 March

How can immersive experiences like virtual reality empower local communities to think differently about our heritage?

Deakin University, the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Gallery, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, and the National Wool Museum have been exploring how immersive experiences like virtual reality (VR) empower local communities to think differently about our heritage.

See an immersive VR prototype of the iconic local invention the Ford Ute and hear results of ‘Designed by Geelong: a history of invention’. Then share your thoughts on Geelong’s design and manufacturing history in a round table discussion as we ask if the design industry and those who support design practices can shape the story of Geelong? Can design be part of Geelong’s identity, what are the benefits, what are the issues and how can we safeguard design as part of Geelong’s cultural heritage?

When: Tuesday 24 March, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Presented by: Deakin University
Location: National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool St, Geelong
Cost: Free

>> more information and bookings (note: bookings required)


Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail, 28-29 March 2020, Bathurst



Bathurst will celebrate over 200 years of its rich history, paying homage to the trades and traditions that have helped shape the region, at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2020.

Rare and lost trades and crafts will be showcased over one weekend at Australia’s oldest inland European settlement. Blacksmithing, saddlery, dry stone walling, whip cracking and making, glass artistry, lace making, tapestry, embroidery, carpentry and joinery, cigar box guitar making and violin making are among many unique talents to be demonstrated by local and guest artisans.

BOOK TICKETS ONLINE for a discounted rate.

For more information, visit this link and follow the event on Facebook.


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


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.


National Archaeology Week, 17 to 23 May

National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia’s unique archaeological heritage. Held in the third week of May, this nationwide program of events and activities includes public lectures, seminars, exhibitions, demonstration excavations, displays and other events designed to engage with the general public.

Visit the National Archaeology Week website for more information about the events on offer.




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


REMINDER: Australasian Engineering Heritage conference, 19–25 November 2020, Dunedin – call for submissions: 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.

Event schedule

  • Pre-conference tour: 19 – 22 November 2020
  • Conference: 23 – 24 November 2020
  • Dunedin tour: 25 November 2020

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.


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).


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. ‌ ‌ ‌


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 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.


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.


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.


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 Consultant, Trethowan Architecture, Melbourne

Trethowan Architecture is seeking an experienced Heritage Consultant to assist with a variety of work and projects. Great office environment. Based in Cremorne and close to public transport. Salary commensurate with tertiary education, experience and skills. Email your CV to Mark or give him a call on (03) 9421 5448 for further 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.




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