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2004 news archive

Dr Anita Smith Wins Research Prize for Second Year Running (posted December 23 2004)

New Books from CHCAP Staff (posted December 23 2004)

Sweet joins the debate on Art Museums in the Information Age (posted December 16 2004)

Birtley at Asian Academy World Heritage Forum (posted 11 November 2004)

After the Cyclone - Niue Pacific Training Workshops (posted 11 November 2004)

Safeguarding Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Yamato Declaration (posted 11 November 2004)

Claiming the Memory- Holocaust Commemoration (posted 11 November 2004)

CHCAP involved in World Heritage Action Plan for the Pacific (posted 11 November 2004)

Alfred Deakin Professorship recognises Logan's achievements (posted 11 November 2004)

Asian Academy Visitor to CHCAP (posted 27 October 2004)

United Arab Emirates Delegation Completes Museum Studies (posted 5 October 2004)

Logan Delivers Keynote Address at Cities and Museums Conference (posted 5 October 2004)

CHCAP Welcomes Binh's Baby Boy (posted 5 October 2004)

UNESCO listing for Children's Folklore (posted 26 August 2004)

Research and Change at Sarawak Museum (posted 26 August 2004)

Dr Donald Ellsmore Joins CHCAP as Senior Lecturer (posted 19 August 2004)

NT Responding to Globalisation: Michele Langfield Awarded Research Grant (posted 21 July 2004)

Study Tour for United Arab Emirates Army Personnel is a First for Victoria (posted 19 July 2004)

Dr Anita Smith Appointed to Victorian Heritage Council (posted 19 July 2004)

Birtley Joins Shrine Advisory Group (posted July 19 2004)

Logan returns from overseas advisory and research trip - Hong Kong, Macao and Beijing (posted 19 July 2004)

CHCAP Student Achieves Graduate Role with Government (posted July 15 2004)

Roslyn Lawry Award Winners 2003 (posted June 14 2004)

Dr Anita Smith is Appointed Assistant Centre Director (posted May 25 2004)

Gwenda Davey Joins CHCAP as Honorary Research Fellow (posted May 25 2004)

CHCAP Wins 'Australians at War' Research Contract (posted May 25 2004)

ABC Interview on Holocaust Project (posted May 6 2004)

Professor Bill Logan Linking Latitudes in Vietnam (posted April 21 2004)

Dr Colin Long - ABC interview on Thanh Long Citadel (posted April 21 2004)

Jonathan Sweet on the Changing role of Curators(posted April 1 2004)

Qian Fengqi Graduates with a PhD (posted 31 March 2004)

Course Signals Innovation for Army Museum (posted 19-Feb-2004)

Adjunct Professor Jane Lennon appointed to New Heritage Council (posted 18-Feb-04)

Professor Logan at First Asian Academy Forum in Macao (posted 17-Feb-2004)

Re-visiting Lao History (posted 17-Feb-2004)

Grant Awarded for New Research into the Heritage of Communism (posted 17-Feb-2004)

Cultural Heritage Centre Wins Funding for New Research Network (posted 16-Feb-2004)

Anita Smith Wins Faculty Research Award

CHCAP Leads Workshop to Focus on Victoria's Heritage to 2010 (posted 16-Feb-2004)


Anita Smith Awarded Faculty Research Prize - Again

For the second year running, Dr Anita Smith of CHCAP has been awarded the Faculty of Arts' prize for best new research record. Anita wins a grant in recognition of her 2004 work and will use it to further her research investigating the Cultural Landscapes of the Pacific.


New Publications from CHCAP Staff

Books by Dr Joost Cote and Honorary Fellow Joe Hajdu have recently been published and are available from good bookshops.

Joost Cote and Loes Westerbeek (eds) Recalling the Indies: Kebudayaan Kolonial dan Identitas Poskolonial, Syarikat, Yogyakarta, 2004
The English language edition will be published early in 2005.

Joe Hajdu Samurai in the Surf - The Arrival of the Japanese on the Gold Coast in the 1980s, Pandanus Books 2005. Pandanus Books can be contacted on (02) 6125 3269

In addition, look out for an Indonesian translation of: J. Cote (editor and and translator) On Feminism and Nationalism: Kartini's letters to Stella Zeehandelaar, 1899 - 1903, Monash Asia Institute, 1995, 2nd edition will be published in 2005: Aku mau ... Feminisme dan Nasionalisme: surat-surat kartini kepada stella zeehandelaar, 1899 - 1903 (Trans Vissia Ita Yulinato, Foreword: Goenawan Mohammmad) IRB Press/Kompas Media, Jakarta, 2004.


Sweet joins the debate on Art Museums in the Information Age

Museum studies and heritage interpretation lecturer Jonathan Sweet has been invited to chair a session at a prestigious gathering of art museum experts, researchers and professionals from around the world at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in March 2005.

Art Museums in the Information Age (Sites of Communication 2), a two-day symposium, will consider issues of contemporary importance to art museums. It includes speakers from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC; the Art Gallery of New South Wales and University of Technology, Sydney. Topics under discussion are: Spaces for containing art; Can museum education shape the way we exhibit art?; Language and the art museum; and Art for laughs! Should humour be banned in the art museum?

Everyone is welcome, go to the Art Gallery of New South Wales website for more information.

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/events/symposia


Birtley contributes to World Heritage discussion in Macao:

Margaret Birtley participated on an expert panel at a recent Forum on World Heritage in Macao.

Organised by UNESCO, the forum gave communities in Macao - including professionals, students and the general public - the opportunity to hear about and discuss issues surrounding world heritage listing with experts from the region.

The panel of experts, all from countries in the region with World Heritage sites, shared their experiences and provided advice to audience members. The Forum was subsequently reported in Macao's Portugese and English newspapers.

Keynote speaker Dr Richard Engelhardt, UNESCO’s regional advisor for cultural heritage in Asia and the Pacific, described how the Asia Pacific region’s cultural heritage is under a great deal of pressure from rapid urbanisation, population growth, environmental degradation and globalisation. Questions raised by members of the audience involved the panel in discussion of issues such as tourism, conservation, techniques for involving the local community, the role of education at heritage sites, and impacts of economic, social and infrastructure changes.

The panel members were assembled in Macao for a workshop on Curriculum Development for the Asian Academy for Heritage Management, of which Deakin University is a member.


After the Cyclone - Niue Pacific Training Workshop

In October Anita Smith and Bill Logan travelled to Niue to deliver a training workshop for heritage managers from Pacific Island nations. The Niue workshop was originally scheduled for January 2004 but, following the devastation caused to the island by Cyclone Heta on the 5th of January, only days before the workshop was due to start, there was little choice but to postpone it. While alternative locations for the second workshop were considered, the decision was made to keep Niue as the venue as a way of supporting the island's people in their attempts to rebuild their economy and infrastructure and to return to normality.

Cyclone Heta struck a serious blow to Niue’s cultural heritage, not only totally razing the nation’s Cultural Centre and Museum, but also destroying the Centre’s collection of documents, artefacts, photos and oral history recordings. CHCAP would like to support the people of Niue in their impressive efforts to rebuild after this catastrophe.

The workshop was planned with the permission and support of the Niue National Commission for UNESCO, the Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Environment. We are particularly grateful for the warm welcome and hospitality shown to us during our visit.


To read more about the Niuie workshop and the UNESCO Pacific Training programme go to: Pacific Research page on the Research and Consultancy menu. There are downloadable pdf files of reports on the Niue and Levuka workshops.


The Safeguarding of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Towards an Integrated Approach

Nara, Japan, 20-23 October 2004.

Prof Bill Logan has recently returned from Nara, Japan, where he attended an international meeting convened to mark the tenth anniversary of the Nara Document on Authenticity, and the fortieth anniversary of the Venice Charter, and particularly in response to the UNESCO’s adoption of the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003.

The meeting was organised by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU), the Nara Prefecture and Nara City, and the UNESCO Division of Cultural Heritage. There were around 40 participants who had been invited on the basis of their expertise in either ‘tangible’ or ‘intangible’ heritage, or both.

The meeting discussed different experiences in identifying, assessing and managing the values of heritage places and cultural landscapes compared with cultural processes. Bill presented a paper on heritage diversity and management in Australia and the Pacific in the ‘case studies’ session. Other case studies were from Japan, Brazil, Madagascar, Hungary and India. Rieks Smeets, Chief of UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage Section, gave an overview of the ‘Masterpieces’ program.

At the end of the meeting, a declaration was adopted – the Yamato Declaration on Integrated Approaches for Safeguarding Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage. It represents a limited but nevertheless important first step in a debate about how to – or even whether to – integrate approaches to tangible and intangible heritage. The Yamato Declaration can be downloaded from the UNESCO website, http://portal.unesco.org/culture/, or from the Australia ICOMOS website, www.icomos.org/australia/.

 

Delegates at the NARA conference (click to enlarge image)

Delegates at the NARA conference.


Claiming the Memory - Holocaust commemoration

A film involving PhD student Amelia Klein, will be screened on the ABC's Compass programme on Monday November 21. "Claiming the Memory" concerns the changing nature of Holocaust commemoration in the Australian-Jewish community, specifically focusing on the program March of the Living which takes high school students on a Holocaust education program to Poland.

Amelia was approached by documentary film-maker Marc Radomsky while she worked as an educator on the first official March of the Living in April 2002, in Poland. She and Marc worked on the film proposal and treatment exploring the issues surrounding Holocaust memory, history and landscape. Most of the footage was taken in 2002/2003 and, in 2004, some footage was taken of Amelia in the Holocaust Centre in Melbourne.

Amelia had been to Poland as a student when she was 21 and realised the significance of educating and commemorating the Holocaust in the physical landscape of Poland.


CHCAP Involved in World Heritage Action Plan for the Pacific

Dr Anita Smith, attended the UNESCO World Heritage Pacific 2009 meeting in Tongariro, New Zealand, from 18 -22 October 2004 at which an action plan for World Heritage in the Pacific over the next five years was developed

The fact that Deakin University was the only university in the region to be invited to attend the meeting reflects CHCAP’s recognised expertise in cultural heritage in the region and the favourable response to the UNESCO funded Pacific Heritage Manager Training Program that CHCAP has been undertaking this year. Dr Smith presented a paper on the Pacific Training Program.

Currently the Pacific is the most under-represented region on the World Heritage list. The Pacific 2009 Action Plan is specifically designed to address this by building capacity within the region in heritage conservation and the identification and nomination of sites for the World Heritage listing.

The World Heritage Pacific 2009 workshop was attended by representatives from eighteen Pacific nations, UNESCO (Paris, Indonesia and Samoa offices), France, Norway and Japan.

To read more about the Pacific Training Workshops click on Pacific Research page on the Research and Consultancy menu.


Alfred Deakin Professorship recognises Logan's achievements.

At its meeting on 14 October, 2004 Council conferred the title of Alfred Deakin Professor upon Professor William Logan in recognition of his outstanding achievements as the UNESCO Professor of Cultural Heritage Studies and research undertaken within the CHCAP.

Professor Bill Logan became involved in cultural heritage conservation in the early 1970s, when he participated in resident action in inner Melbourne. He has been engaged in teaching, research and consulting on Australian and Asian heritage issues since then.

Professor Logan holds the UNESCO Chair of Heritage and Urbanism in the School of Social and International Studies. Since 1986 he has been an International Expert for the UNESCO Division of Cultural Heritage in Paris, where his work has mainly been related to UNESCO’s international campaigns to safeguard world cultural heritage sites in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands. He has also acted for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre at international meetings of experts in Vietnam, Indonesia and Korea. He is the Asia and Pacific Regional Co-ordinator of the ‘Forum UNESCO: University and Heritage’ network, which has Deakin’s Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) as its ‘regional antenna’.

Professor Logan is a member of Australia ICOMOS, the national committee of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), based in Paris, and was the national president from 1999 to 2002. He has represented ICOMOS at international meetings in Japan and Korea. He is also the Australia ICOMOS member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Training (CIF).

In addition, Bill has been a consultant to AusAID, the Australian Heritage Commission, the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage and the Victorian Department of Infrastructure, and is a member of AusHeritage (including Board Member, 1998–9). This involvement with international and national heritage bodies has directly led to course innovations and research activities at Deakin University.

He established the Cultural Heritage postgraduate program in 2000. He is Director of CHCAP, a research and training centre that has UNESCO endorsement. His research record includes numerous Australian Research Council and other grants, two recent books on heritage in the Asian region (notably ‘Hanoi: Biography of a City’ , UNSW Press, University of Washington Press, & Select Publishing, Sydney/Seattle/Singapore, 2000, which won the International Planning History Society Book Prize in 2002; and ‘The Disappearing "Asian" City: Protecting Asia’s Urban Heritage in a Globalizing World’, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 2002), articles in refereed and professional journals, and conference papers.

He was awarded the Deakin University Researcher of the Year Award in 2002. As well as establishing heritage programs in several Victorian universities, he helped develop postgraduate heritage courses at Silpakorn University in Bangkok and the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster, UK.


Asian Academy Visitor at CHCAP

Chotewit Pongermpol, Lecturer in Architecture, King Mongkut Institute of Technology, Bangkok, visited Deakin University in October to discuss his research into the adaptive use of Thai heritage buildings with Prof. William Logan and Senior Lecturer Donald Elsmore.

Chotewit Pongermpol

He is seen here with Jonathan Sweet whom he met at the First Asian Academy Field School held in Macau in November 2003. The Asian Academy for Heritage Management founded in 2003 by UNESCO is a network of regional university departments with a specialist interest in heritage preservation and museum studies. It encourages exchanges between academics and students throughout the region.


United Arab Emirates

 


Keynote Address at Cities and Museums

Prof Bill Logan gave a keynote paper on 'Museums, Community Identity and Urban Heritage' at the 2004 Cities and Museums Symposium in Brisbane on 3 September 2004.

The day-long symposium was organised by the Museum of Brisbane and Griffith University's Centre for Public Culture and Ideas and was attended by museum and other heritage professionals from across Queensland and interstate.

Other speakers included Nick Winterbotham, Head of Arts and Heritage, Leeds City Council, Morag Macpherson, Manager of the Open Museum, Glasgow Museums, Professor Brendan Gleeson, Griffith University,and Dr Mark Peel, Monash University.


To read Bill Logan's paper Museums, Community Identity and Urban Heritage' Read PDF document.


CHCAP Welcomes Binh's Baby Boy

Congratulations to Nguyen Thanh Binh, CHCAP's 2003/4 Masters Scholarship student, and his wife Dang Kieu Khue on the birth of their son on September 25. Binh and Khue have named their son Nguyen The Khoi Nguyen. They have also given him an Australian name: Rooney Nguyen.

Nguyen The Khoi Nguyen


Children's Folklore Collection on Memory of the World Register

The Australian Children’s Folklore Collection at the Melbourne Museum has gained a prestigious listing on UNESCO's Australian Memory of the World Register. It is the first Museum Victoria collection to gain registration and joins other Australian listings such as Captain Cook's Endeavour journals and the Mabo case manuscripts.

The collection, which includes children's games, rhymes and songs and folklore, was placed on the UNESCO register in August 2004.

It was established in 1979 by Deakin Honorary Research Fellow Dr Gwenda Beed Davey AM and Dr June Factor and is one of the world’s largest collections of children’s folklore. It includes both folklore FOR and OF children.

The Australian Children’s Folklore Collection will join a small number of outstanding collections and documents, already deemed by UNESCO to comprise precious and irreplaceable parts of Australia’s national memory.

The following piece gives an overview of the collection. It was written by Deborah Tout-Smith, Curator, Cultural Diversity at the Melbourne Museum and will be published in the August Edition of 'Play and Folklore' which is published by the Australian Children's Folklore Collection twice a year.

Museum Victoria collection placed on UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register

Deborah Tout-Smith Curator, Cultural Diversity

The Australian Children's Folklore Collection has become the first Museum Victoria collection accepted onto the prestigious UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register. The Register identifies highly significant valuable archive holdings and library collections around the world. Other items on the Australian register include the Endeavour Journal of James Cook, Mabo case manuscripts, and the Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin design drawings of the City of Canberra.

The Australian Children's Folklore Collection is regarded as one of the largest and most significant collections of its kind in the world. It documents children's folklore and play from the 1870s to the present - their games, rhymes, riddles, jokes, superstitions and language - and reflects the cultural and regional diversity of childhood in Australia
and beyond.

The Collection includes over 10,000 children's playground rhymes, jokes and games collected from the early 1970s through to the present, field recordings of rhymes and songs in 10 languages, documentation of Aboriginal children's play, interviews and photographs collected from Melbourne and regional schools, and fieldwork and research of children's lore and language by undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Significantly, the Collection contains research notes and articles from the eminent US children's folklorist Dr Dorothy Howard, who came to Australia as an American Fulbright scholar in 1954 to study Australian
children's folklore. Her work provides a rare insight into Australian children's folklore in this period, and will shortly be the topic of a book published by Museum Victoria entitled Child's Play: Dorothy Howard and the Folklore of Australian Children.

The Collection also includes over 300 games and toys from Australia and throughout the world, dating from the late nineteenth century.

The UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register will increase public awareness of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection, and provide further impetus for research and sponsorship opportunities.

The following information gives details of Australian listings on the register.

UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

Registered in August 2004:

Displaced Persons documents – National Archives of Australia

Fragments of the first Ned Kelly film – National Film and Sound Archive

Australian Children’s Folklore Collection – Museum Victoria

Ballarat Reform League Charter - Public Records Office Victoria

The South Australian Company Deed 1836 - South Australian Library

Laurence Hargreaves aeronautical papers – Powerhouse Museum Sydney

The Sorry Books 1998 – Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Pandora: Australia’s Web Archive – National Library of Australia

The Port Phillip Association Records – State Library of Victoria

Previously registered:

The Endeavour Journal of Captain James Cook

The Mabo Case Manuscripts

The Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin Design Drawings of the City of Canberra

The archival records of the Australian Agricultural Company, the nation’s oldest surviving commercial entity

The Cinesound Movietone collection of weekly cinema newsreels from 1931 to 1975: a living record of Australia’s life and times

Constitutional documents: an assembly of key items charting the development of Australian democracy

For more information about UNESCO's Memory of the World Project go to: http://www.unesco.org/webworld/mdm/en/index_mdm.html

Australian Memory of the World Register
http://www.amw.org.au/register/amw_reg.htm

To link to the Melbourne Museum website click here
http://www.melbourne.museum.vic.gov.au/


Research and Change at the Sarawak Museum

During a research visit to Malaysia in July 2004 Jonathan Sweet contributed to a planning meeting for a new gallery project at one of the region's most significant museums, the Sarawak Museum.

The Sarawak Museum was founded in 1891 by the Raja of Sarawak, Sir Charles Brooke II, making it, along with the Colombo Museum, Sri Lanka, one of a select group of British colonial museums in the region, which have
functioned almost continuously since their establishment. To a greater and lesser extent these organisations have riden out political changes and armed conflict in the 20th century.

Currently, the Sarawak Museum Service is undertaking an ambitious infrastructure improvement programme in which some museum buildings are being converted into new exhibition galleries. This is part of a longer term plan being overseen by Sarawak Museum Services Director Sanib Said, which aims to improve accessibility to the museums collections across a range of key themes, including Natural History and Contemporary Art.Sarawak Museum's Director Sanib Said visited CHCAP in May where he spoke at a public seminar on these developments.

Recent developments in this riverside city also acknowledge the cultural diversity which has shaped the culture of Sarawak over two centuries. New museums include the Islamic Museum and the Chinese Museum, while another heritage building is currently being renovated to function as the state Textile Museum, and this may showcase the
distinctive iconography of historical and contemporary Iban design.

The visit to Sarawak was part of Jonathan's fieldwork in Kuching, Malaysian Borneo, and continuing research into the history of the Sarawak Museum and museological practice in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Work in progress: gallery development

Work in progress: gallery development
Sarawak Museum


Dr Donald Ellsmore Joins CHCAP (August 19 2004)

Dr Donald Ellsmore

The Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Deakin University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Donald Ellsmore, and to welcome him to the position of Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage (Architectural Conservation) in the School of Social and International Studies.

Dr Ellsmore is an architect whose early work and training was in the area of public institutional building in NSW. His move into the building conservation field occurred in the late 1970s after he completed a French Government Diploma in Architecture at the University of Bordeaux. While in France he worked on a government-sponsored project to conserve the village of Tusson in the south west of France. He submitted his graduate thesis on the research associated with that project, which is now a model for rural village rehabilitation.

After returning from France in 1978 Dr Ellsmore worked for ten years with the Historic Buildings Group of the NSW Government Architects Branch. The group undertook many prestigious projects on the principal public buildings in NSW including the row of quality buildings in Macquarie Street, Sydney. His work included the restoration of the State Rooms at Government House and the Houses of Parliament for which the Government Architects Branch won RAIA awards for excellence in architectural conservation.

In 1985 he returned to Europe to pursue further study at the University of York. His Doctor of Philosophy was awarded in 1993 for research titled ‘Nineteenth-Century Painted Decorations in Britain and Australia: an Approach to Conservation’.

In 1987 Dr Ellsmore moved into the Museum field, taking up a position as head of Conservation and Collections Management at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. He considers his most significant contribution to the Museum was the introduction of Burra Charter methodology in the management of large and floating objects. Whilst at the ANMM he re-erected a nineteenth-century lighthouse using unemployed youth labour and he installed a sound and light experience on the warship HMAS Vampire. He then spent four years managing the heritage assets of the NSW Railways, the largest collection of publicly-owned heritage items in Australia. From there he moved into private practice, specialising in conservation analysis and planning.

Over the past five years he has worked on projects as diverse as the Blackall Woolscour in Queensland and the Port Arthur Asylum in Tasmania. In his ongoing work as heritage adviser to Hawkesbury City Council and Byron Shire Council he grapples with demanding conservation challenges on some of Australia’s earliest extant structures in the Macquarie Towns and pop cultural icons in the Rainbow Region of North East NSW. However most of his current work involves conservation analyses and planning on State-listed heritage places in NSW.

Donald’s experience will complement the Deakin team and provide an interesting diversity of experience and perspective. Two recent projects are illustrated below.

Bowman Cottage
3 Bowman Cottage, Richmond NSW, a brick nog constructed cottage of Hawkesbury settler George Bowman, constructed 1818. The building was restored by the NSW Public Works Department with input by Donald Ellsmore.

Bowman Cottage

4 Bowman Cottage, Richmond. Remnant of 1818 stables incorporated into modern garage facility in 1986, designed by Donald Ellsmore.


NT Responding to Globalisation: Michele Langfield Awarded Research Grant

Dr Michele Langfield has been awarded a 2004 Northern Territory History Grant to examine the way in which selected cultural institutions, government and non-government organisations and individuals in the Northern Territory have responded to globalising influences on the preservation, interpretation and public face of its history and heritage.

The project, titled'Global Heritage: Responses and Perspectives from the Northern Territory' will draw on interviews with local practitioners and professionals in the field to explore the multiple understandings of cultural heritage, history and identity in the Northern Territory, to investigate how competing interests and expectations have been managed at the state and local level, and to address issues of sovereignty in the context of global heritage.

Owing to the extent of its ethnic diversity, and the many overlays of indigenous and non-indigenous cultures, the Territory provides a particularly apposite case study through which to investigate local responses to the increasingly universalist and uniform approaches to heritage protection and conservation standards that have emerged over the last half-century. The project focuses particularly on the preservation of intangible cultural heritage, which has had little emphasis in public policy until recent years.


Study Tour for United Arab Emirates Army Personnel is a First for Victoria

Deakin University is organising a Museum Study Tour, based in Melbourne, for a delegation of personnel from the United Arab Emirates Military Museum in Abu Dhabi, during the four weeks 18 July - 11 August. This is the first time UAE military personnel have been trained in Victoria.

The Museum Studies component has been developed by Margaret Birtley, Postgraduate Course Director, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, and will be delivered by Penny Morison, a former long-standing employee of Museum Victoria, who joins Deakin on a short-term contract.

The delegation of 7 includes two Majors, an Engineer, and four civilians (two Guides, an Archivist, and a Public Relations Officer). With the exception of the two Majors who are male, the delegates are well educated female Emirati students, two of whom are the daughters of Brigadiers in the Armed Forces.

The Study Tour is being managed by Jan Drew, the Faculty's International Officer, with assistance from Deakin International, the Arabic Studies staff (Dr Fethi Mansouri and Hakeem Kasem), and Dr David Lowe, the Acting Program Director of Deakin's Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Canberra.

In organising this Study Tour, Deakin has received considerable encouragement from the Victorian Government Business Office in Dubai, whose staff includes Mr Ehssan Abdallah, a Deakin graduate in Arts and Commerce, and a current HDR student.

Mr Abdallah stresses the value to Victorian educational institutions of the contact that this Study Tour will bring. He said: "This is the first time we have received a cohort from the UAE Military to Victoria, and only the second time a group of UAE females have ever visited Australia. The UAE Armed Forces send many students overseas to complete their tertiary studies. The vast majority that choose Australia will study in Queensland, South Australia or New South Wales. The power of word of mouth and first hand exposure has no equal in the Middle East."

Margaret Birtley says: "We look forward not only to the coming Study Tour, but also to the potential for future involvement of UAE personnel in our award courses at Deakin."

The museum program has been tailor-made for the delegates and includes:

*** For the 2 Majors:
A 6-day course on "Operational Issues for Museums" (focussing on the big themes of governance, business issues and human resources issues), and a day-trip to Canberra to meet with staff of the Army History Unit, the Australian War Memorial, and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.

*** For the 5 "other" personnel:
Classes on English language and Australian culture and society, and
Classes in Museum Studies.

*** For all 7 in the delegation:
Site visits to museums in Melbourne, Geelong, and environs. The aim of these visits is, broadly, to give the delegation some practical insights into best practice in Australian museums, both in the front-of-house and exhibition areas, and behind-the-scenes. Several of the hosts at museums to be visited are graduates of Deakin's courses in Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage.

In addition, Deakin is assisting with the visit of 25 chaperones and family members who will accompany the delegation and arranging various "tourist" excursions for the entire party.


Anita Smith Appointed to Heritage Council

Dr Anita Smith has been appointed to the Victorian Heritage Council as an Alternate Member from July 2004 - 30 June 2007. The Victorian Heritage Council is an independent statutory authority which acts as Victoria's decision-making body on heritage issues. Among other duties the Heritage Council determines which heritage places are added to the Victorian Heritage Register.

Anita is a Post Doctoral research fellow and Deputy Director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Deakin University. She is an archaeologist with professional and research experience in Australian and Pacific cultural heritage management.

Her current research looks at tourism and the interpretation of war heritage in the Pacific and issues in the management of intangible heritage. She has written a number of heritage assessment reports to state and federal heritage bodies and is a member the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee, Australian Institute of Professional Archaeologists and the Australian Archaeological Association. Her recent assessment work includes reports on the Armi’s Camp Site, Corindi Beach, and Red Rock Recreation Reserve Midden 1, for the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Community and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and she is currently preparing the comparative assessment of Levuka, Fiji, for the Fijian Government and the World Heritage Centre. She has also recently presented, with Prof Logan, two UNESCO training workshops for Indigenous Pacific cultural heritage managers at potential World Heritage sites.


Birtley Joins Shrine Advisory Group

Ms Margaret Birtley, Postgraduate Course Director, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies has been appointed to the Education Advisory Group of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Also appointed is Dr Peter Edwards, an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Arts.

The Education Advisory Group will advise the Shrine on the development and ongoing improvement of the educational programs and will consider marketing and partnership opportunities for the Shrine.

Last year the Shrine opened a new Visitor Centre that is attracting a large number of visitors to its audio visual orientation experience, its regular and temporary displays and its volunteer led guided tours. The Education Advisory Group recently assisted the Shrine in selecting a consultant to develop education programs for use by visiting school groups.

The Shrine celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and both the Visitor Centre and the website www.shrine.org.au are well worth visiting.


Advice for Hong Kong, Macao then on to Research in Beijing

Prof Bill Logan has returned from the University of Hong Kong where he was the international expert on the accreditation committee for a set of graduate diplomas in cultural heritage, museum studies, cultural tourism and archaeology to be offered from 2005. These courses are fee-paying, taught in English and principally targeted towards the China student market.

He is also the advisor to a research team based in the Department of Geography and Faculty of Architecture that has a Hong Kong Research Council two-year grant to study cultural heritage management in Hong Kong, Macao and Guangzhou. During the week he chaired a focus group in Macao, acted as rapporteur in for a focus group in Hong Kong, participated in discussions with the team and visited the case study sites.

Beijing Research

Deakin's ARC Linkage team at a 'working lunch' Qian Fengqi and Jonathan Sweet inspect hutongs
Deakin's ARC Linkage team at a 'working lunch' with Mr He, Mr Liu and Mme Zhou, senior Chinese officials responsible for the Great Wall at Badaling, near Beijing. Qian Fengqi and Jonathan Sweet inspect hutongs in the Nanchizi area of inner Beijing, an area being redeveloped and gentrified prior to the Games.

 

Professor Logan then went on to Beijing to join Jonathan Sweet and Dr.Qian Fengqi on part of their ARC Linkage project focusing on heritage site significance, management and interpretation. This particular part is studying the use of cultural heritage assets in competing for major events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the impact of developments for the Games on the interpretation, authenticity and management of Beijing's heritage


CHCAP Student Gains Graduate Role with Government

CHCAP student Nick Joveski has landed a prestigious graduate role through the Victorian Public Service Graduate Recruitment Scheme.

Nick, currently studying for a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage at Deakin's Melbourne campus, begins work in February 2005 in the Urban Programs Division of the State Government's Department of Sustainability and the Environment.

To get the job Nick succeeded in a gruelling selection procedure which included online assessment, a telephone interview, role play, psychological testing and more interviews. Nick's work will be based in policy and planning and he will work with the team implementing Melbourne's urban plan 2030.

"This is a great opportunity" says Nick " I believe I got the interview because of my academic record and background especially in geography and public policy and because I have done masters units dealing with planning issues. I also did a two month internship with Heritage Victoria earlier this year."


Roslyn Lawry Award for 2003

The joint winners of the 2003 Award with Joan Beaumont The joint winners of the 2003 Award Arts Dean

On 21 May 2004, as part of the national conference of Museums Australia, Deakin University announced the latest recipients of its major award for outstanding achievement in the field of Museum Studies. The Roslyn Lawry Award for Excellence in Museum Studies is named in memory of one of Deakin’s most outstanding graduates in Museum Studies. It is awarded each year to the student/s who achieve excellence in the Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies.

The joint winners of the 2003 Award were Meredith Blake and Fiona Salmon. Both women studied part-time over 2 years, and both are now well established on their chosen career paths. Meredith is the Assistant Curator at the City of Port Phillip, while Fiona is the Co-Manager of the Museum Accreditation Program at Museums Australia (Victoria).

The Faculty of Arts provided generous sponsorship for the awards night of the Museums Australia conference, which this year was held in Melbourne. The sponsorship demonstrated the importance Deakin attaches to its links with the museum sector, and acknowledged the 25th anniversary of Deakin's teaching in Museum Studies. The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Joan Beaumont, made a short speech and announced the winners of the Award. Dr Jim Lawry presented each winner with their certificate and book prize.

Members of the Committee that organises the Roslyn Lawry Award were in attendance and extended their congratulations to the latest winners. Also present were several past winners of the Award: Elyse White, Aileen Ellis, Eve Almond, Ruth McLean, and Brian Hubber.

Jim Lawry presents Fiona Salmon with her prize Jim Lawry smiles at Fiona Salmon with her prize

Jim Lawry presents Fiona Salmon with her prize - a box of books Jim Lawry chats with winner Meredith Blake

Photography courtesy of Learning Services, Deakin University.


Anita Smith Appointed Assistant Director

Dr Anita Smith has been appointed Assistant Director of Deakin's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific.

Anita is an archaeologist with professional and research experience in Australian and Pacific cultural heritage management. Her current research looks at tourism and the interpretation of war heritage in the Pacific and at issues in the management of intangible heritage.


Dr Gwenda Davey appointed Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Gwenda Davey has been appointed Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at Deakin University from 2004 - 2007.

Dr. Davey brings a significant record of accomplishments in research and scholarship to the University and will build on these in collaboration with the Faculty and the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific during the term of her appointment. Her research interests in the area of intangible heritage fits well with CHCAP’s research and consultancy projects in the intangible field. Dr Davey has written some of the course materials for the Master of Cultural Heritage program.

Gwenda Davey will continue to work on the National Library of Australia 'Tradition Bearers Project' in the Oral History and Folklore Section of the Library. She will also be working with June Factor on a book called 'The Secret World of Childhood' which deals with folklore both for and of children. This will make use of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection that she and June established and that is now housed in Museum Victoria.

She is very highly regarded in the heritage field, receiving the award of AM for services to the protection and preservation of folklife and folklore in Australia. She has links with UNESCO through membership of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO Culture Network. She has also been appointed as an Associate of Museum Victoria.


CHCAP wins Australians at War Research Contract

A team from the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific has won a prestigious research contract from the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage on the theme “Australians at War”.

The project is involves researching places of heritage significance to the theme ‘Australians at War’ and developing a methodology to assist the new Australian Heritage Council to identify and assess places for inclusion on a National List of outstanding sites.

The first stage of the research is to complete a thematic essay on the theme including significant events and people. The team has also held discussion groups with community members in Melbourne and with heritage professionals in Canberra to gain their ideas and input on places they think might be included on a national list.

The CHCAP team is led by Professor Joan Beaumont, Alfred Deakin Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Professor Beaumont is one of Australia’s leading war historians. Other members of the team are Professor Bill Logan, Director of CHCAP ; Dr Anita Smith, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, CHCAP; Dr Bart Ziino who is a war historian. The Project Officer and research assistant is Jackie Donkin.

The completed essay and research findings will be published by the DEH on their website.


ABC Interview on Holocaust Project

PhD candidate Amelia Klein was interviewed in April by ABC Radio for their program
" The Spirit of Things". The interview, about Amelia's experiences at The International Summer Program on the Holocaust, was broadcast on April 18 to cooincide with Holocaust Memorial Day.
Amelia, who is working on a PhD on holocaust video testimonies with the Melbourne Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, spoke to Dr Rachel Kohn about the summer program which considered the legacy of the Holocaust in the third generation.

She said: "There were 20 participants, 10 German students, 9 Americans and myself. I was the first Australian to be a participant on this scholarship- based program which takes place in Washington, Berlin and Kracow.

Amelia has also recently visited Poland to participate in an education program for Holocaust survivors and their children. Amelia said: " I just returned from ten days in Poland where I was the educator-guide for the first Adult March of the Living. This is a program which takes participants to Poland to learn about the Holocaust as they visit the sites of atrocity. I was asked to go by the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre.

" The program took place in Kracow, Warsaw and Lodz and the group of participants consisted mainly of Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust survivor. We visited the death camps of Auschwitz, Treblinka, Chelmo and many synagogues and cemeteries which are now memorials to the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, testament to a Jewish life and community that once flourished and is no longer. I was responsible for educating the group at the different sites, providing readings and organising commemorations. It was an inspiring experience for me as I witnessed survivors returning to the address of their childhood home for the first time in 60 years, heard survivor testimony at the site at which the atrocity occurred and became aware of the important perspectives and insights that the children of survivors have in relation to understanding the legacy of the Holocaust."


Professor Bill Logan Linking Latitudes in Vietnam

Linking Latitudes 2004
Third International Asia Education Foundation Conference
Hanoi, Vietnam 11-14 April 2004


Professor William Logan has recently returned from Hanoi where he was an invited speaker at the Third International Asia Education Foundation ‘Linking Latitudes’ conference.

Bill gave two presentations to this conference based on his 15 years’ work experience in Vietnam:

Unravelling Hanoi’s Cultural Heritage: Tradition and Modernity in a Vietnamese Townscape (Expert Perspectives: Contemporary and Historical Issues in Vietnam. Perspective D5: Hanoi’s Architectural Heritage – Preserving a 1,000 year old City.
Sunday 11 April, 11:20 – 12:15)

This paper is based on:

Biography of a City


W. S. Logan, Hanoi: Biography of a City
ISBN 0868404438
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W. S. Logan (ed.), The Disappearing ‘Asian’ City: Protecting Asia’s Urban Heritage in a Globalizing World, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 2002

S. Balderstone & W. S. Logan, ‘Vietnamese dwellings: tradition, resilience and change’, in R. G. Knapp (ed.), Asia’s Old Dwellings, Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 2003; pp. 135-58.

You can view a powerpoint of Bill's presentation by clicking here.

For more information on Bill's work on preserving asian cities click here.


Developing links with Vietnam in University Education and Research
Expert Panel, Monday 12 April, 10:30-12:00.

Other speakers in this session were:
Ian Dawes, Australian Volunteers International;
Rebecca Hales, English Teacher/Trainer, Vietnam National University;
Associate Professor Harry Minas, Director, Centre for International Mental Health, University of Melbourne

Site Visit: Urban Development in Hanoi

Bill also led, with Mark Richards, Managing Director, Action Real Estate (Vietnam) Joint Stock Co, an Urban Development site visit to ‘get a macro view of the city of Hanoi from an elevated view and then discover some of the hidden secrets of Hanoi’s old and new urban planning’ (Site A9. Sunday 11 April, 1:00-4:30).

Urban Development More photographs from the Urban Development site.

Site visit group a top the Meliá Hotel, Hanoi, Monday 12 April 2004

Thanh Long Archaeological Site

Bill made two visits to the Thanh Long Archaeological Site in Hanoi’s monumental Ba Dinh Quarter. The first visit was arranged as part of the Linking Latitudes conference (Site B6. Monday 12 April, 1:00-4:30). This visit was preceded by a talk by the site’s deputy director at the Meliá Hotel. The second visit, on Tuesday 13 April, was privately arranged by the Hanoi Architectural University. The visit was introduced by the Project Director, Dr Tong Trung Tin, who is also Deputy Director of the Institute of Archaeology.

Photos of the Thanh Long archaeological site


Thanh Long Interview

Dr Colin Long recently did an interview with the Vietnamese program on Radio Australia about the Thang Long citadel archaeological excavation in Hanoi. A transcript from the interview (in Vietnamese) can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/ra/viet/magazine/s1081822.htm

Professor Bill Logan recently visited the Thanh Long archaeological site as part of the Third International Asia Education Foundation Conference, Linking Latitudes, in Hanoi, Vietnam 11-14 April 2004.

See photographs of the archaeological site here.

Read about Professor Logan's conference papers and to download a copy of his presentation.


Focus on Curator's Changing Role

What curators learn in an academic environment is the subject of a talk to be given by Jonathan Sweet, lecturer in museum studies at Deakin University, to a workshop on the role of the curator in the 21st century.

Jonathan has been invited to address the workshop, to be held at the NGV on April 30, by organisers National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria. Called "Being a Curator in the 21st Century", the workshop focuses on the changing role of curators from the original definition as a ‘keeper or custodian of a collection’ to what might be expected in the future.

Jonathan says: “The shift towards visitor-focused museum management has meant a growing freedom for curators from a narrow focus of connoisseurship and this leaves more space for creativity in curatorial practice.

"Curators today are more than ever before exisiting in a matrix of negotiated relationships. They are precariously balanced between interpretive methodologies and commercial and intellectual interests, with more complex relationships to collections and disciplines; to other participants in an adversarial organisational framework and to a range of diverse audiences. I believe that academic study can help in addressing the realities of this new workplace."

For information on the workshop “Being a Curator in the 21st Century” e-mail info@netsvictoria.org

To read more on Jonathan Sweet’s view of changing curatorial practice see the following article:

Suffocation or Liberation?” Jonathan Sweet on changing Curatorial Practice
Museum National May 2002 pp13 – 15
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Qian Fengqi Graduates with a PhD

Qian Fengqi graduated on 30 March with a PhD at a ceremony held in Melbourne.

Qian’s thesis entitled “Shanghai’s Western Townscape and Changing Perceptions of Cultural Heritage in China” focuses on development in China.

Qian examined current urban development in Shanghai, the threats to the city’s built heritage and the changing perceptions of cultural heritage in China. Under the open-door policy, both urban development and conservation in China are impacted by international globalisation which is conducted in the name of modernisation, and serving economic imperatives.

Qian works as a Research assistant in the Cultural Heritage Centre on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project ' Cultural Heritage Site Significance, Management and Interpretation in China and Australia: a Comparative Analysis in a Cross-Cultural Framework '.

Dr Qian Fengqi with Principal Supervisor Prof William Logan

'Dr Qian Fengqi with Principal Supervisor, Prof William Logan, at the Deakin University graduation ceremony, 30 March 2004'


Course Signals Innovation for Army Museum

The 2004 delivery of the annual 'Introduction to Museum Practice’ course, run by Museum Studies staff for the Army History Unit, featured a major innovation in the learning program.

In each of the three courses run to date, students have undertaken group projects to investigate best-practice approaches to "big issues" that are common to museums and historical collections within the Army Museums Network. This year, the challenge moved from the library into the field as students developed recommendations for the future of the Signals Museum at Macleod.

A student from the 2003 course, Major Jim Gordon, generously made the Royal Australian Corps of Signals Museum at Simpson Barracks, Macleod, available as a study site. Major Gordon hosted the students' visit to the Museum that he manages, and briefed students about the Museum. Students then used library resources, information from lectures, and the experience of visiting the RAAF Museum, Scienceworks and the Royal Historical Society, to develop recommendations for the continuing development of the Signals Museum.

A report based on the students' presentations is now being developed for consideration by the Signals Museum.

Course Director Margaret Birtley says: "The involvement of the Signals Museum as a case-study provided a strong focus for the students' learning during the week. We are grateful that the Museum was willing to share some of the challenges that it is facing. Students this year came from Queensland, NSW, the ACT and Victoria. It was helpful for them all to see the Signals Museum on day one of the course as it provided a common reference point for discussion and analysis of museum issues through the week-long course."

The residential short course, now in its third year, provides training in museum management and operations for the staff and volunteers working with the Army's 40 museums and historical collections across Australia.

Ms Birtley says: “Many of the Army's collections are cared for by staff and volunteers with no formal museum training. We have put together this course based on Deakin's core Museum Studies teaching areas, but with a particular focus on the needs of the Army Museums Network. It is very much a partnership between Deakin and the Army History Unit, and we are very pleased that they have chosen to work with us in this way.”

In 2004 the week-long course looked at basic museums theory as well as exploring a range of issues with particular relevance to Army museums and historical collections. CHCAP staff involved in lecturing this year were Margaret Birtley, Jonathan Sweet and Anita Smith. Senior staff in the Army History Unit also made presentations: Roger Lee, Brian Manns and Neil Dailey. Guest lectures were delivered by Annette Welkamp (Director, Cultural Connotations) and by the hosts of the various site visits. Deakin graduate in Cultural Heritage, Mary Reid, provided essential administrative support for the course.


Jane Lennon Appointed to New Australian Heritage Council

 

Deakin Adjunct Professor Jane Lennon Deakin Adjunct Professor Jane Lennon, AM, has been appointed to the new Australian Heritage Council.
Jane Lennon was a Commissioner on the former Australian Heritage Commission and has a long involvement with heritage conservation in National Parks, forests, coasts, goldfields, inner urban areas and museums as a Victorian public servant and as a member of numerous professional and community associations.

Jane has a long association with Deakin University and advises and teaches on post-graduate Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies courses. She is also working on a PhD supervised by Professor Bill Logan of the Cultural Heritage Centre at Deakin.


First Meeting of Asian Academy for Heritage Management

Professor Bill Logan travels to Macao in March to participate in the first meeting of the UNESCO/ICCROM Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) at which the organisation will decide on its future development.

The 40 member AAHM is a network of organisations and institutes of higher education throughout the Asia-Pacific region engaged in the research and teaching of heritage conservation and management AAHM's aim is to improve professional training and management of cultural heritage and Professor Logan has been one of the key players in its establishment.

The meeting in Macao, attended by invited Asian Academy members and UNESCO/ICCROM representatives, will focus on four main objectives:

1) Overview of the Asian Academy by:

• reviewing the Asian Academy's current membership and membership policy
• assessing current strengths and opportunities for improvement in the network
• identifying institutions to target as future members
• fostering linkages with other existing networks.

2) To foster stronger links within the Academy amongst member institutions by:

• strengthening the mechanisms for intra-network collaboration
• developing shared academic resources

3) To strengthen the operation of the Asian Academy by:

• refining the management structure
• developing funding strategy
• definition of region
• developing a short term and long-term strategy.

4) Field Schools

• evaluate the first AAHM Field School
• policy regarding Field Schools
• criteria for selection of future Field School venues.
• examination of proposals for future field school venues in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

For further information on the Asian Academy for Heritage Management and the
strategy meeting please contact: asian-academy@unescobkk.org

To view the Asian Academy website please click on this link:

http://www.unescobkk.org/culture/asian-academy/aboutus.asp


Re-visiting Lao History

Dr Colin Long recently did an interview with the Vietnamese program on Radio Australia about the Thang Long citadel archaeological excavation in Hanoi. A transcript from the interview (in Vietnamese) can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/ra/viet/magazine/s1081822.htm.

Professor Bill Logan recently visited the Thanh Long archaeological site as part of the Third International Asia Education Foundation Conference, Linking Latitudes, in Hanoi, Vietnam 11-14 April 2004.
See photographs of the archaeological site here
To read about professor Logan's conference papers and to download a copy of his presentation click here


New Research into the Heritage of Communism

Dr Colin Long has been awarded a $10,000 grant by Deakin University to continue research on the heritage of Communism. The money will be used to conduct preliminary research with the aim of establishing a longer-term project funded through the ARC Discovery system.

This project will be the first substantial comparative study of the role of cultural heritage in post-communist and transitional communist societies. It will examine the way that communism is being commemorated and the way that the past is being reassessed in the process of economic, political and social restructuring in three countries: Russia, Vietnam and Cuba.

Colin said: "Communism was one of the most important forces influencing world events in the 20th Century and helped shape the political, social and cultural identities of more than half the world’s population. Yet there have been few attempts to assess the legacies of Communism, certainly in the sense of heritage. The economic transition is receiving most academic attention, while the cultural aspects of transition are being neglected."

In transitional communist societies the shift away from orthodox Communism in the economic sphere has yet to be fully matched by a similar restructuring in the political sphere, with one result being that cultural transitions are very much in process.


Australian Research Council Funding for New Network

Dr Colin Long, CHCAP post doctoral research fellow, has secured $10,000 start-up funding from the Australian Research Council to create a new network of researchers working in the area of identity, memory and heritage. By bringing together people working in these areas, the network, through shared information and research will strengthen current understanding of these important issues.

" At the moment we have people throughout Australia all working on their own projects, " says Dr Long, " This is an exciting project and will ensure that we get better planning and pooling of information and resources."

Already, researchers from key Australian universities are actively involved. The project title is 'Contemporary Australian Identity, Memory and Heritage'' and brings together key researchers and practitioners interested in the nature and evolution of Australian identity, memory and heritage. These include heritage and museum professionals, and scholars in environmental studies, history, geography, cultural studies, Aboriginal studies, architecture, urban policy, archaeology and materials conservation.

The network comes under two Commonwealth Research Priority Areas: Environmentally Sustainable Australia, and Safeguarding Australia and will enable broader understanding of these priority areas by examining cultural and historical factors, providing the basis of more far-reaching and effective solutions to current problems. The Network facilitates sharing of information and research including specific collaborative projects in these research areas.


For more information please see the heritage project website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/CulturalHeritage_Centre/heritage_network/


Anita Smith Awarded Faculty Research Prize

Professor Joan Beaumont, Dean of the Faculty of Arts has awarded Dr Anita Smith of CHCAP the Faculty Prize for Best New Research Record 2003 in recognition of her work.

Anita will use the award to further her research investigating the Cultural Landscape of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea.


Workshop Focus on Victoria's Heritage

At the end of 2003 CHCAP Director Professor Bill Logan facilitated a workshop for Heritage Victoria to consider the future of heritage management in the state to 2010.

The results of the workshop fed into a Heritage Victoria discussion paper on the issues and options which, in turn, will feed into creating a draft heritage strategy.

A copy of the discussion paper – Victoria’s Heritage 2010: Creating a new Victorian Heritage Strategy can be viewed on the Heritage Victoria website.


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