About Us

Context is one of Australia’s most respected heritage consultancies. We provide balanced solutions for heritage places and communities that respond to our clients’ needs and the complexities, opportunities and challenges of our time.

Context’s portfolio includes strategic heritage advice, place-based and social histories, integrated heritage values assessment, heritage studies across Victoria, conservation management plans for significant places and landscapes, Aboriginal cultural values, and interpretation and placemaking.

Our services are founded on integrity, balance, excellence and a strong commitment to making a difference in our communities and the environment. We are known for our community centred approach to heritage planning, management, conservation and activation. Our work results in better conservation and management of buildings, landscapes and Aboriginal places.

Context was established in 1988, by Chris Johnston. Chris continues to work with Context as a Special Adviser, as does Louise Honman.  Both continue to share their years of experience and knowledge with the team.  In 2017, on the eve of celebrating 30 years in business, Context became part of the GML Heritage group.  Combined Context and GML have been part of the heritage community for 60 years!


Our award-winning services include Aboriginal cultural heritage, interpretation and design, landscape, public history, urban and built and working with communities.

We have worked on over 2000 projects, in suburbs and cities, as well as iconic destinations and World Heritage sites such as the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area in Norfolk Island, Budj Bim and the Great Barrier Reef.


Today Context is part of the GML Heritage group of companies that are largely employee owned. The companies are governed by separate boards comprised of non-executive and executive directors.  Each board is led by a non-executive chairperson.

The boards are strategic in focus and lead the company’s vision to provide influential and creative services that re-shape the future of heritage. Implementation of the vision is the responsibility of the CEO and the executive management team across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Memberships and Panels

We are pre-approved to sit on several procurement panels, simplifying the engagement process for many government agencies. Contact us to find out if we are pre-approved in your department.

Context is a proud member of the National Trust. Our consultants are registered architects, certified practising planners, professional historians and members of professional heritage and archaeology associations.