Australia ICOMOS AGM & TAS 2018 Symposia

GML and Context’s Julian Siu recently attended the Australia ICOMOS 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Hobart, Tasmania and associated heritage symposia on cultural landscapes and science heritage.

ICOMOS members from across Australia gathered at the State-significant Hope & Anchor Tavern (1807) in Hobart, which houses an eclectic antique collection.

Part of the extensive collection of the Hope & Anchor Tavern, Hobart

Key Highlights

Cultural Landscape Diversity & the Implications for Management Symposium

Focusing on the Australian context, speakers addressed the challenges to conserving our natural and historic urban landscapes including planning, regulatory and financial barriers, and the importance of the accessible documentation of intangible values as part of a place record.

Government House, Hobart

Under the Microscope – Exploring Science Heritage Symposium

Speakers hypothesised how best to conserve our diverse geological heritage and discussed the adaptive re-use of significant operational infrastructure—a little explored and largely uncelebrated aspect of Australia’s long history of science and innovation. Our threatened engineering, agricultural, botanical and Antarctic heritage was also discussed.

A joint field excursion invited attendees of both symposia to explore cultural landscapes and science heritage sites, including Shene Estate and the Nationally-significant Recherche Bay cultural landscape, where in 1792 the French d’Encastreaux expedition undertook some of the earliest non-indigenous scientific research in Australia.

The Remembrance Day 11 o’clock flyover in the tranquil gardens of Government House proved to be a moving experience which will not easily be forgotten.

Many thanks to the Australia ICOMOS Tasmania chapter for hosting a very successful and enlightening AGM & Symposia!