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The conference will comprise two days of paper and keynote presentations and a day of field trips. The welcome reception for a limited number of conference delegates will be held in the Queen Adelaide room of the Adelaide Town Hall and will be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide. On Friday the National Wine Centre will host a keynote address, and formal paper and snapshot presentations. A networking function will be held at the Art Gallery of South Australia on Friday night.

The Trade Fair and breakfast will be held Saturday morning at the Adelaide Gaol. Traditional Trades products and demonstrations will be on show. A guided or self-guided tour of the Gaol is available exclusively for conference delegates. Field trip buses depart from the Gaol to Adelaide City, Mount Lofty Ranges, Port Adelaide with other delegates staying on at the Gaol with traditional trades-persons.  The Mortlock Chamber of the State Library of South Australia will host the conference dinner Saturday night.

The third day of the conference will be held again at the National Wine Centre and include two keynote addresses and paper presentations. The conference will conclude with a plenary session and Rapporteur address at 4:00pm. The post conference tour to Burra will leave on Sunday after the conclusion of the conference and will return to Adelaide on Tuesday 10 November.

The post conference tour will start on Monday 9 November and conclude on Tuesday 10 November.

Please click on the link below to view the conference programme. 

We are pleased to announce the speaker’s programme for the conference.



On Friday afternoon there will be a special session at the conference on environmental sustainability, which will be opened by invited expert Peter Cox.  This session will include three conference papers and an address by Peter Cox considering issues around energy and sustainability in relation to heritage buildings. 

Peter Cox, B Eng, MSc, Managing Director, Carrig Conservation International Ltd

Peter Cox

Peter Cox is Vice-President of ICOMOS Ireland, President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability, and is a member of the Association of Preservation Technology. Peter is also chair of ICOMOS Ireland’s National Scientific Committee on Energy & Sustainability which has published on the “Effects of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites”.

Peter has over 30 years experience in stone conservation, is an expert on sustainability for heritage buildings and is a guest and visiting lecturer to a number of universities in Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

Peter sits on a number of international committees, working in particular with Governments to improve legislation and policies on conservation in general and on energy efficiency in our heritage and traditional building stock. Peter represents ICOMOS International on the CEN (Central European Standards Committee) Expert Technical Committee on producing a new European standard for “Energy Efficiency in Heritage Buildings.  

PLENARY SESSION – Sunday 8 November

Richard Mackay

The plenary session on Sunday afternoon will include an opportunity to hear again from the keynote speakers and other invited experts. The plenary will be chaired by Professor Richard Mackay AM from Sydney. The plenary will address issues and opportunities raised during sessions surrounding Fabric including best-practice heritage conservation, traditional skills, identity, memory and values. The plenary discussion will provide an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Professor Richard Mackay, AM, is the Director of Possibilities at Mackay Strategic, a former longstanding Partner of GML Heritage, and immediate past Chair of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee. He was an ICOMOS cultural heritage adviser at the 2015 Session of the World Heritage Committee and will be responsible for the heritage theme of the Australian State of the Environment 2016 Report.