Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 924


  1. [NEW ITEM] Sharing and Showcasing Science Heritage – items added
  2. [NEW ITEM] Webinar: Connecting with Country – Engaging with Cultural Landscapes, 7 May, 12.30pm AEST
  3. [NEW ITEM] Zoom Lecture: Uni of Syd Alumni Speaker Series, with Benjamin Jay Shand, 12 May, 1.00pm AEST
  4. [NEW ITEM] Closed by COVID-19 – Checklist for GLAMs and Historical and Heritage Sites: v 1.2 now available
  5. [NEW ITEM] Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program grants: applications close 28 May
  6. [NEW ITEM] “Cultural heritage: new risks, new responses” colloquium, 12-13 November 2020, Paris – call for papers deadline: 30 May
  7. [NEW ITEM] CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020 , Vienna – call for papers, posters and apps: deadline 8 March









1. [NEW ITEM] Sharing and Showcasing Science Heritage – items added

Australia ICOMOS has started sharing and showcasing some of Australia’s significant science heritage – the forgotten and invisible, as well as the well-known.

Science heritage is a heritage that is shared across scientific disciplines and technologies and between scientists/technologists and heritage practitioners; it is a shared responsibility that should be shared more broadly with the community. This sharing of knowledge is an excellent fit with this year’s theme for the International Day for Monuments and Sites, Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility.

How will we ‘share and showcase’ Australia’s science heritage?

Australia ICOMOS has created a Science Heritage Showcase page. Some images and summary information about Australia’s science heritage have now been added.

How can you help?

Australia ICOMOS will be relying on scientists/technologists, heritage practitioners and members of the community, ie. you, to populate this page. So, if you have a favourite (or several favourite) science heritage examples (these can be landscapes, places, features, objects or documents) please let us know about them.

For more information about this initiative and guidelines on how to contribute, visit the Science Heritage Showcase page.


2. [NEW ITEM] Webinar: Connecting with Country – Engaging with Cultural Landscapes, 7 May, 12.30pm AEST

Connecting with Country – Engaging with Cultural Landscapes
Thursday 7 May, 12:30 – 1:30pm AEST

This webinar will discuss cultural landscapes and why they are important to consider when planning and designing our built environments.

In the 1980s when cultural landscapes emerged as a concept in heritage management, there was a focus on:

(i) historic landscaping (soft and hard landscaping features)
(ii) landscapes as historic records (demonstrating past ways of life)

For more information and to register, click here.


3. [NEW ITEM] Zoom Lecture: Uni of Syd Alumni Speaker Series, with Benjamin Jay Shand, 12 May, 1.00pm AEST

Please join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning for our online Alumni Series. This event is curated in partnership with the Alumni Association.

Benjamin Jay Shand will discuss the interface between architectural design and art in the context of a temporary installation designed and made for Destination NSW at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Combining a government client with a state transit location, the project required close collaboration with engineers, fabricators and authorities to achieve a result at scale that payed homage to its heritage industrial site.

Date: Tuesday 12 May
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm AEST
Cost: FREE
Venue: via Zoom, RSVP on EventBrite for the link

NOTE: This is a free event, however there is limited capacity so please be sure to RSVP.


4. [NEW ITEM] Closed by COVID-19 – Checklist for GLAMs and Historical and Heritage Sites: v 1.2 now available

Our colleagues at Blue Shield Australia and the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) have UPDATED this Guide, which has been produced to provide guidance for people who are responsible for closing collections of movable cultural heritage in collecting organisations such as archives, galleries, herbaria, historical societies, libraries and museums and at heritage sites. 

>> view the update guide and other information at the AICCM webpage

>> view the updated guide at the Blue Shield Australia webpage


5. [NEW ITEM] Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program grants: applications close 28 May

The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program will provide funding to support the immediate survival and long-term recovery and resilience for fire-affected Australian animals, plants, ecological communities and other natural assets and their cultural values for Indigenous Australians.

There is up to $12 million available for grants under the Program, with grants of between $100,000 and $1 million being offered.

For more information about this funding program, see the Hon Minister Ley media release and visit the Grants website.

Grant applications close on 28 May 2020.


6. [NEW ITEM] “Cultural heritage: new risks, new responses” colloquium, 12-13 November 2020, Paris – call for papers deadline: 30 May

Colloquium of the General Directorate of Heritage of the French Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the CNRS and the Institut national du patrimoine, 12-13 November 2020, Paris.

This event will focus on “new” risks to heritage, understood in the broadest sense, including its physical, intangible, digital and natural dimensions. It will address the risks that have arisen or strengthened since the turn of the century, resulting from natural disasters or intentional or unintended anthropogenic factors, on their acceleration, accumulation, convergence, as well as the responses provided today by the professional community and, more broadly, by all those involved in cultural heritage.

For more information about the call, visit the French Ministry of Culture website. Also see the full call for papers (only in French).

Deadline for submissions: 30 May


7. [NEW ITEM] CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020 , Vienna – call for papers, posters and apps: 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 papers, posters and apps

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 calls are available here for papers and posters and here for the app.

Deadline for submissions: 30 June

The organisers have also started a “Culture = Future” page, for which they invite statements and thoughts from you about colleagues who have lost or will lose their jobs, because there are less excavations, less projects, the money is needed for something else but not for archaeology, museums and cultural heritage – view this and consider submitting your thoughts.




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.




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.




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.

Visit also the SAHC blog and connect via LinkedIn.


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.


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.


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.




“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.


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.


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.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Officer, City Architecture & Heritage Team, Brisbane City Council

A unique opportunity is available for an established professional to add value in our City Architecture and Heritage team. We are a multi-disciplinary team of experts in the heritage area including historians, planners and architects, providing strategic planning, policy guidance and assessment advice for the identification, conservation and promotion of heritage and character places across Brisbane.

As a Heritage Officer, you’ll operate both autonomously and in partnership with colleagues as you undertake research and analysis in order to provide advice on heritage and character places. With your knowledge of relevant legislation and policy, you will contribute to ongoing assessment, review and implementation of heritage and character best practice, as well as other related projects. Your background  may range from architecture, planning, built environment, design or history etc. and you will have developed relevant experience in combining these related skillsets within the heritage conservation field.

For more information and to apply, visit this link.

Applications close Tuesday 5 May 2020, 11:55pm.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Board Members

Are you committed to the protection of Queensland’s environment, and built and cultural heritage?

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) (NTAQ) is inviting nominations from experienced Non-Executive Directors to fill three upcoming Board vacancies. These are paid positions with Directors normally meeting at least six times a year and with some site visits in regional Queensland. Meetings are generally held in either Brisbane or at Currumbin on the Gold Coast. Directors may be invited to participate on Board approved committees.

For more information about this opportunity and to obtain the detailed selection criteria, click here.

Timeline for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest close at 5pm, Friday 22 May 2020. However, please apply promptly as the closure date may be brought forward to early May pending quantity of applications received. 


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.




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