Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 927


  1. [NEW ITEM] ACAHUCH, ALGA and Heritage Victoria | Seminar | Victoria’s Queer Heritage, Wednesday 27 May, 5.30-7.30 AEST
  2. [NEW ITEM] Safeguarding and reactivating our heritage – Living Heritage Grants Program: contact by 29 May required
  3. [NEW ITEM] Article in The Conversation on Jack Mundy
  4. [NEW ITEM] Zoom Lecture: Uni of Syd Alumni Speaker Series, with Daniela Mendez, 28 May, 1.00pm AEST
  5. [NEW ITEM] Harrietville Chinese Mining Village Dig – Season 3, October 2021
  6. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin









1. [NEW ITEM] ACAHUCH, ALGA and Heritage Victoria | Seminar | Victoria’s Queer Heritage, Wednesday 27 May, 5.30-7.30 AEST

Heritage Victoria has commissioned the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) to develop a new heritage study, A History of LGBTIQ Victoria in 100 Places and Objects.

Based on community consultation, this study aims to identify the top 100 historical places and objects of significance to the queer community across the state. The study will include places of gathering, punishment, ‘treatment’, political activism, social life, recreation and health from as far back as records reveal to today. It will also include significant objects, documents, photos and collections to bring to light Victoria’s hidden queer histories.

The analysis of queer heritage (in built environment and museum contexts) is already well underway in the UK, US and countries overseas, but the same cannot be said of Australia. While there has been much written about Australia’s LGBTIQ history – people, events and lived experience – ‘queering heritage’ has only recently started in earnest. Doing queer heritage presents challenges because it means finding historically a marginalised and criminalised group in extant material culture. Sometimes ‘things’ relating to queer people often have not survived. Given that many queer people deliberately lived ‘in the closet’ and left little trace of their lives, what places and objects represent them?

This report is due for release in mid-2020 and is a first of its kind in Australia. It will be a valuable reference point for the understanding, protection and interpretation of queer heritage, and that of other marginalised groups, in the future.

>> more information and bookings here


2. [NEW ITEM] Safeguarding and reactivating our heritage – Living Heritage Grants Program: contact by 29 May required

Applications for Round 5 of the Victorian Government’s competitive community heritage grants program close on 12 June 2020. 

The closing date was extended to allow applications to be finalised during the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19.

If you are currently finalising your application, please contact the Living Heritage team by 5pm Friday 29 May before applying, if you have not already done so. The team can be contacted via email.

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. This Round, priority consideration may be given to the conservation of Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) listed places and objects located in Victorian communities impacted by bushfires.

Need inspiration? Look at some videos capturing works in progress and some of the results from completed projects reported.

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


3. [NEW ITEM] Article in The Conversation on Jack Mundy

Dr James Lesh, one of our members, has had an article published in The Conversation.


4. [NEW ITEM] Zoom Lecture: Uni of Syd Alumni Speaker Series, with Daniela Mendez, 28 May, 1.00pm AEST

Please join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning for our online Alumni Series. Curated in partnership with the Alumni Association, this talk will feature Daniela Mendez.

As a graduate environmental designer, Daniela is experienced in design for indoor environmental quality. Her practice includes design for daylight, thermal comfort and healthy buildings. Daniela has previously worked in benchmarking systems consultancy and planning environmental strategies for commercial and industrial buildings, as well as education campuses.

Daniela Mendez will speak about her experience as a recent graduate of the Master of Architectural Science and the daylight design process of the new Sydney Modern Museum.

Date: 28 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.


5. [NEW ITEM] Harrietville Chinese Mining Village Dig – Season 3, October 2021

Due to continuing uncertainty about COVID-19 restrictions this year, The Uncovered Past Institute has decided to postpone Season 3 from October 2020 to October 2021. Season 3 will be a four-week season, and participants can book for single weeks or more. We look forward to digging together again!

The new dates for Season 3 will be: 

  • Week 1 – Mon 27 Sept to Sat 2 Oct, 2021
  • Week 2 – Mon 4 Oct to Sat Oct 9, 2021
  • Week 3 – Mon 11 Oct to Sat Oct 16, 2021
  • Week 4 – Mon 18 Oct to Sat Oct 23, 2021

Bookings are now open for 2021, more information at this link.


6. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin

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




Talking Heritage: a Virtual Forum

Australia ICOMOS and the Emerging Professionals of Cultural Heritage (EPoCH) invite you to join us every second Thursday at 5:30pm-7pm for a virtual Zoom forum. We’ll talk all things heritage, welcoming both emerging and established heritage professionals. The content of the Forum will be diverse and crowd-sourced from a variety of mediums, including journal articles, book chapters, documentaries and Youtube videos with a focus on heritage practice and theory and everything in between.

To join, all you need to do is suggest a written or visual text that you think would be of interest to the broader group. If your text is selected, you will be asked to act as moderator for that week and help guide the discussion. You will not be required to attend every session, just when you can. The purpose of the forum is not to be onerous or overly academic – just a fun way to stay connected and to keep the heritage discourse flowing. To get involved, simply email the EPoCH Team with your details and let us know your suggested text/s.


Sharing and Showcasing Science Heritage – make a contribution!

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.




Master of Professional Archaeology, La Trobe University: Commonwealth Supported Places available for enrolments in Semester 2 & info session, 25 May, 6pm AEST

The Master of Professional Archaeology offered by the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University is the only professional archaeology course of its kind in Victoria. The course is designed to prepare you for a career in heritage management, delivering practical knowledge and skills that are directly aligned with professional best practice in the protection and conservation of archaeological heritage in Australia and internationally. Throughout the course you’ll learn from national and international leaders in the field. You’ll develop skills in archaeological survey, excavation, project design and significance assessment along with knowledge of the legislative frameworks in which archaeologists operate and the historical and cultural contexts of Indigenous and historic archaeology in Victoria. The course has close links with state and national heritage agencies and relevant industry bodies. Gain real-world experience through our international exchange and internship options. And undertake a specialised research project in your area of interest that will qualify you for a higher research degree.

No previous studies in archaeology are required for entry.

La Trobe University has made a number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for the Masters of Professional Archaeology and associated courses for enrolment in Semester 2 2020. CSPs will provide significant assistance with fees but the quantity is limited so apply early.

An information session about the degrees will be held via ZOOM on Monday 25 May, 6-7pm AEST. Visit the La Trobe University website to book your place.

For information about the degrees: contact Susan Lawrence by email
For information about enrolment processes and fees: contact Matt Hennessy by email

Download the Master of Professional Archaeology flier.




“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


Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference 2020: Taking Control of our Heritage, 24-26 November 2020, Melbourne – call for papers deadline 25 June

Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference 2020 – Taking Control of our Heritage
24-26 November 2020
Melbourne, Australia

Call for Abstracts is now open

The National Native Title Council, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council are now calling for abstracts and proposed panel presentations addressing the following conference themes. We may accept pre-recorded presentations pending travel restrictions.

  • Applications of Indigenous Knowledges
  • Land Based Cultural Heritage Management
  • Ancestral Remains & Artefact Management
  • Law & Governance (including UNDRIP)
  • Business
  • Museums
  • Intangible Heritage (including Intellectual Property issues)
  • Impact of Climate Change & Cultural Heritage
  • Family History Research
  • Language Protection and Promotion
  • Operation of Lore

Proposals and abstracts should be received by the Conference Organisers by 25 June 2020. Poster presentations will also be accepted.

About the Conference

The Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference 2020 – Taking Control of our Heritage, provides the first opportunity for Traditional Owners and their allies to meet, discuss, and develop programs, strategies and ideas to take control of their Cultural Heritage in Australia.

The Conference is for all Traditional Owners, their organisations and those that work with them in the promotion, management and protection of Indigenous Cultural Heritage. The Conference program will encompass several relevant themes, prominent international and national speakers as well as a comprehensive social program.

Conference Attendees

  • Traditional Owners & others working in Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Native Title organisations
  • Government officials
  • Cultural Heritage professionals
  • Institutional personnel
  • Academics with a focus on Cultural Heritage or Indigenous Rights
  • Organisations working with Traditional Owners on development proposals

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Edward Halealoha Ayau
Professor Merata Kawharu

>> learn about the speakers

For more information, visit the conference website or email Roz Skilton.


CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020 , Vienna – call for papers, posters and apps: deadline 30 June

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.




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.


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.


Tin Sheds Gallery callout for 2021 – apply by 8 June

The Tin Sheds Gallery within the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney is officially calling for curators, architects, artists, and creatives to submit thought-provoking exhibition proposals for our 2021 program.

Tin Sheds Gallery (TSG) is a contemporary exhibition space which officially opened in 1969 as an autonomous art space within the University grounds, and was facilitated by artists, academics and students. The Tin Sheds spurned a pivotal historical movement in Australian art where cross disciplinary experimentation and politically orientated practices were nurtured for several decades. The Sydney School was a strong support base for Tin Sheds, and in 1989 it officially joined the School delivering art workshop classes. In 2004, the Tin Sheds moved its entire operation into the School with purpose-built workshops and a gallery.

TSG accepts proposals from: Local, national and international curators, architects, designers and artists, ADP staff, researchers and students.

Read about the application process and guidelines in the proposal information pack (download it from this link). Complete the online form before 8 June 2020.

Floor Plan | Past Exhibitions


ICH Courier – call for abstracts for next volumes: deadline 19 June

ICHCAP (the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO) launched the ICH Courier in 2009 as a print quarterly to disseminate information and news related to Asia-Pacific intangible cultural heritage.

The print publication is distributed to relevant ICH institutes, UNESCO offices and centers, and other interested organizations and individuals, and the web version gives global exposure to important issues related to ICH. ICHCAP is currently accepting abstracts between 100 and 200 words to explore topics for upcoming volumes. For the completed published article, ICHCAP will provide an honorarium. All submissions should be in English.

Abstracts for volume 44 and 45 are open; the deadline for volume 44 is 19 June.

For more information, visit this link.


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.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Built Heritage Advisor, Philip Leeson Architects, Canberra

About Us

Philip Leeson Architects is an architectural practice with a focus on heritage management. We are looking to expand our heritage team in 2020. We provide architectural heritage advice, write Statements of Heritage Effect and prepare Conservation Management Plans. Our clients range from local government to Commonwealth agencies like the ANU, developers, other architecture firms and private clients. Heritage has been part of our practice for over 20 years, and we see it as an important part of our work going forward.

The Position

We are looking for an individual with interest and some experience in heritage practice, a grounding in architecture would be ideal. We are open to various levels of seniority from keen entry level to relatively expert. To be considered for the position, you should have:

  • Education and / or on-the-job training in heritage management
  • Some experience with / particular interest in the built environment / built heritage
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn, engage, ask questions and up-skill
  • Good interpersonal and oral communication skills, and be able to work collaboratively within a team and for diverse clients

We are after an individual who can grow into the role with a view to a long-term commitment to our team and our practice. The position could be part-time or full-time, depending on the individual.

Please contact Brandon Reid on (02) 6295 3311 or email Brandon to discuss the position. We invite candidates to submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and fit.

Applications close 5 June 2020, 11:59pm.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Services Officer, National Trust of Western Australia

National Trust of Western Australia
Heritage Services Officer
L 5 GOSAC Award
Fixed term – full time

This role provides support to the Senior Manager Marketing and Community Services and includes the provision of expertise and advice regarding Commonwealth, State and Local Government policies, strategies and proposals that impact on heritage places or issues. A focus will be to respond on behalf of the National Trust on proposals, plans and other actions that impact on cultural heritage places or issues.

Key duties and responsibilities focus on:

– Research and advisory support

– Submission development, responses and acquittal

– Advocacy

– Compliance support

– Management of heritage services budgetary and financial requirements including reporting

For more information and to apply, visit the WA Jobs website.

Applications close 5pm WST, 22 May 2020.


EOI INVITED Masonry Conservators, National Trust of Western Australia

The National Trust of Western Australia is seeking capability statements from masonry conservation specialists in the Perth area who are able to undertake sensitive conservation works to historic cemetery monuments. Headstones include marble, granite, slate and sandstone. Specialists will be placed on a database for work as it arises.

For more information please contact Kelly Rippingale by email or call (08) 9321 6088.


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.




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