Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 923


  1. [NEW ITEM] Coronavirus GA2020 Statement 3 – April 2020
  2. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Australia (NSW) Heritage Awards 2020 – nominations open and close 30 May
  3. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Australia (ACT) Heritage Awards 2020 – nominations open and close 28 June
  4. [NEW ITEM] “Protecting Our Cultural Icons From Fire: Lessons learned from Notre-Dame and beyond” webinar recording online
  5. [NEW ITEM] Explore Cultural Heritage at
  6. [NEW ITEM] Heritage without Borders publication available online
  7. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin








1. [NEW ITEM] Coronavirus GA2020 Statement 3 – April 2020

Australia ICOMOS and the GA2020 team continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and extend their best wishes to ICOMOS members, their families and to the global cultural heritage community.

Australia ICOMOS is regrettably not able to host the ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney in October 2020.

The Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee has reluctantly reached this decision in view of current restrictions and uncertainties about when social and economic life and international travel will return to normal in Australia and worldwide.

Australia ICOMOS will host a ‘marker’ event in October 2020 to acknowledge the enormous support and goodwill shown towards planning GA2020. The form of this event (which may occur online) is yet to be determined.

Australia ICOMOS is currently considering whether it can offer to host the General Assembly in 2023. This is a complex exercise and a final decision will be made and announced during May 2020.

In the meantime, the GA2020 registration process has been suspended, interested parties are being advised, and preparatory activities for 2020 have now ceased.

Australia ICOMOS acknowledges the difficulties that ICOMOS faces in holding its required statutory meetings in 2020, and also that these difficulties will need to be resolved at the International level.

Australia ICOMOS will continue to place the health and safety of delegates and ICOMOS and venue staff at the forefront of our decision making. We will continue to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation and to comply with the requirements of the Australian Government.

Australia ICOMOS remains committed to supporting and enriching the global work of ICOMOS.


2. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Australia (NSW) Heritage Awards 2020 – nominations open and close 30 May

The Heritage Awards are highly regarded in the industry and by entering, organisations and individuals have the opportunity to have their work recognised by their peers and the public. The awards will be presented during a ceremony at Doltone House, Pyrmont. The luncheon is one of the pinnacle events of the heritage sector and is well attended by dignitaries, businesses, media and National Trust members.

This year we are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker is Mark Pesce; a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator who has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years. Pesce will explore the importance of technology and ‘augmented reality’ when weaving object, place and story into a narrative, giving the world a new ‘digital depth’ and allowing our world – with all of its history – to speak for itself.

Every year entrants for the awards include councils, community groups, corporations and individuals. The entries include everything from education and research to the restoration of objects, re-vitalisation, architectural re-invigoration, documentaries, regeneration of the environment and hard-working advocacy campaigners.

For more information, visit the National Trust of Australia (NSW) website.

Nominations close 30 May 2020.


3. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Australia (ACT) Heritage Awards 2020 – nominations open and close 28 June

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s Awards.

The National Trust ACT Heritage Awards are a way of celebrating our heritage and the work done to preserve and protect it.

The awards are a positive way of recognising and promoting best practice heritage action in the Capital.

The awards will cover all aspects of heritage including archaeological, indigenous, built and objects and will consider large and small projects, conservation and adaptive re-use, intangible and tangible heritage, built projects and reports.

For more information, visit the National Trust of Australia (ACT) website.

Nominations close 28 June 2020.


4. [NEW ITEM] “Protecting Our Cultural Icons From Fire: Lessons learned from Notre-Dame and beyond” webinar recording online

Earlier this week World Monuments Fund presented a webinar on “Protecting Our Cultural Icons From Fire: Lessons learned from Notre-Dame and beyond”.

More than 350 people tuned in to learn about the importance of fire prevention. We’re thankful to our supporters who care about protecting our shared cultural heritage. If you couldn’t watch the live webinar, we invite you to watch a recording here.


5. [NEW ITEM] Explore Cultural Heritage at

We at CyArk, like much of the world, are sheltering in place and adjusting our way of working. Typically our field teams would be traveling the globe but instead we have focused on sifting through our archive and publishing new content to We believe that heritage has the power to shed light on what makes us unique, but also what we share with one another.  During this time when travel is limited and connecting with our cultural heritage is much more difficult, we have redesigned CyArk’s website to make it easier for you to explore virtually, including hundreds of new 3D models, virtual tours and exhibits.


6. [NEW ITEM] Heritage without Borders publication available online

A recently completed publication, Heritage without Borders. German-language Texts – from the European Architectural Heritage Year 1975 to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, initiated and edited by the German-speaking National Committees of Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland in the context of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018, is now available online.

The publication compiles contributions to heritage conservation between 1975 and 2018 from the German-speaking world and makes them accessible for the first time in English and French translations. A total of 16 representative German-language contributions to recent debates on monuments, which discussed the formation of principles of modern monument preservation, are made internationally accessible with this publication.

Corresponding press releases in German, English and French as well as statements by ICOMOS Belgium and ICOMOS UK on the occasion of the book presentation at the Monumento Fair in Salzburg in early March, and the publication itself, can be found at this link.


7. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin

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




Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation Virtual Benefit Under the Stars, 9 May, 6-7.30pm AEST

COVID-19 crisis invites creativity – Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation invites you to celebrate the 2020 Benefit Under the Stars – a virtually charged global event!

As a result of the unprecedented pandemic we have had to move our onsite event to a first of its kind virtual gala. The 2020 Benefit Under the Stars has not been cancelled, our guest list will be larger than ever as we open ticket sales to the whole world.

“Due to COVID-19 and the current social isolation rules we have had to change the dynamics of our event however, I look forward to welcoming guests in a virtual space, from the comfort of your own home, to the 2020 Virtual Benefit Under the Stars,” said Dr Michael Pyne, Senior Veterinarian of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

DATE: Saturday 9 May 2020
TIME: 6pm – 7.30pm (AEST)
LOCATION: Tune in from anywhere in the world!
COST: $25

>> more information and link to buy tickets

Download the CWH Virtual Benefit_2020_Invitation_A4_LR and the 2020 Hospital Benefit Under the Stars SPONSORSHIP FINAL

This event is sponsored by various organisations, including the National Trust of Australia QLD.




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.

Please note: if you are considering applying for a Fellowship, travel times can be negotiated due to current/potential travel restrictions.

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

Download the 2020 GAF International Fellowship flyer.


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.


Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions – applications close 20 May 2020

After 10 years of European funding, 400 students and 65 countries, applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions are opened up to 20 May 2020. This international course on the conservation of heritage structures was the winner of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage “Europa Nostra”, and presents a unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world.

This Masters Course, which is running its 13th Edition, is organized by a consortium of leading European Universities/Research Institutions in the field, including the University of Minho (coordinating institution, Portugal), the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), the University of Padua (Italy) and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic).

The course combines the most recent advances in research and development with practical applications.

A significant number of scholarships, ranging from 4,000 to 13,000 Euro, are available to students of any nationality.

Please find full details on the MSc programme, as well as the electronic application procedure, at the course website.

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Change Over Time journal – call for abstracts deadline: 5 June 2020

Abstract submissions are invited for the next issue of the journal Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

10.2 INTEGRITY | Guest Editor: Jukka Jokilehto

The concept of “integrity” is central to the organizing principles and values of heritage conservation and is frequently evoked in international charters, conventions, and official recommendations. Generally speaking, integrity refers to the wholeness or intactness of a tangible object, place, or property and is a measure by which UNESCO determines the Outstanding Universal Value of a site. As a guiding principle of conservation practice, the concept of integrity has evolved from 19th century ideas of the artist’s intent, which located integrity in a moment in time (Viollet le Duc), to 21st century framings of integrity as an emergent condition as proposed by the 2005 Faro Framework Convention, which suggests that integrity is neither fixed nor static but is understood through a process of interpreting, respecting, and negotiating complex, and at times, contentious values.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due by 5 June 2020.

For more detailed information, see the CoT_Integrity_CFA_FINAL.


Living Heritage Grants Program – new application closing date: 12 June 2020

With the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, Heritage Victoria understands that it may have been difficult to finalise applications for Round 5 of the Living Heritage Grants Program before 9 April 2020. To assist with this, the application closing date has been extended to 12 June 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 available at this link.

To apply, follow the link to the online application portal. 

If you have already submitted an application and would like to make further edits as a result of the extended deadline, please contact the Living Heritage Team is via email to discuss.

Applicants are required to contact the Living Heritage team by 29 May before applying. 

For more information, visit the Living Heritage Grants Program website or contact the Living Heritage Team is via email.




UNESCO supports culture and heritage during COVID-19’s shutdown

UNESCO is launching initiatives to support cultural industries and cultural heritage as billions of people around the world turn to culture for comfort and to overcome social isolation during the COVID-19 sanitary crisis, which is hitting the culture sector hard.

“The global nature of the COVID-19 crisis is a call for the international community to reinvest in international cooperation and intergovernmental dialogue” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. “UNESCO is committed to leading a global discussion on how best to support artists and cultural institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, and ensure everyone can stay in touch with the heritage and culture that connects them to their humanity.”

On Thursday, UNESCO launched a global social media campaign, #ShareOurHeritage, to promote access to culture and education around cultural heritage during this time of mass confinement.

UNESCO is also launching an online exhibition of dozens of heritage properties across the globe with technical support from Google Arts & Culture.

>> read more about this initiative


Heritage in Times of COVID – a message from ICCROM

Dear members of the ICCROM Community,

Like all of you, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, implementing a range of measures to ensure the safety of our staff while continuing to carry out our mission to promote the conservation of cultural heritage around the world. This is first and foremost a health crisis, and our thoughts go to those who are unwell, anxious or grieving.

With lockdowns in place in the host countries of both of our offices – Italy and the United Arab Emirates – staff are working from home, planning for the postponement of some of those activities slated to take place in coming weeks, while at the same time seeking out new ways to provide content and support for conservation professionals and institutions within our Member States.

We are firm believers in the power of cultural heritage, and its ability to help make the world a better place. By providing an enabling environment for Member States to preserve their cultural heritage, we aim to contribute to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of communities. Now more than ever, we are thinking about what our work means to the people we train, the communities they serve, and our vast network of partners from around the world.

COVID-19 has placed an enormous burden on institutions and colleagues who must care for and manage cultural heritage of all types. Our team has been working to prepare a dedicated web area that will offer resources and advice in dealing with Heritage in Times of COVID, which includes assessment forms, but also stories coming from our network about culture’s role in these difficult times. We open up the space to others to help us share relevant information that can benefit conservation professionals and institutions in every area of the world. We are extremely grateful to those in our network who have shared their knowledge with us, and to all those that have reached out to us during this period.

We have also a declaration and call to action for those in our field to come together to seek ways to use heritage as a tool of recovery and resilience, while protecting its vulnerabilities and those who represent our vast sector.

We salute the efforts of all heritage workers and institutions who are facing an extremely challenging and unprecedented situation. Know that we are here to help, and together we will work united to safeguard our heritage and enhance its value as a driver of development and well-being.

Webber Ndoro




SITUATION VACANT Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge is looking to appoint a new Lecturer in Heritage Studies. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in the further development of research and the future direction of the Department and the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre.

The closing date for applications is 8 May 2020 and further information and a link to apply can be found at this link.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant, WOLFPEAK – Environment & Heritage, Sydney

WOLFPEAK – Environment & Heritage

WolfPeak is currently seeking an experienced Heritage Consultant to join our heritage team and assist with a variety of work and projects. Based in the Sydney CBD, we offer a friendly office environment with flexible working arrangements. Salary commensurate with experience and skills.

To undertake this role it is preferred that you have:

  • Relevant tertiary and professional qualifications in History, Archaeology, Heritage Management or a similar discipline OR equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience in archaeology / heritage management in either a consulting or public-sector environment
  • Sound understanding of the NSW legislative and policy framework for heritage approvals
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of heritage assessment documentation such as heritage impact assessments, archaeological survey reports, statements of heritage significance, cultural heritage assessment reports and heritage management plans
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • A focus on client service excellence
  • Ability to build positive stakeholder relationships
  • Current drivers’ licence
  • Willingness to travel if required, including to regional / remote areas

Diversity and Flexibility

Fostering gender balance, diversity and acceptance of flexible working for men and women is central to the way WolfPeak does business. WolfPeak is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunities and invites applications from people of all nationalities, genders and cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Email your CV to Kylie or give her a call on 0418 218 151 for further information.

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




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