CULTURE: Conserving it Together conference
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Australia ICOMOS and ICOMOS Pasifika are pleased to announce a joint planned conference to share knowledge, celebrate the rich culture of the Pacific and discuss common issues on heritage conservation across the region.

See the 2018 CULTURE Conference Leaflet for some initial information; more information will be published in future issues of the Australia ICOMOS e-news, with a new website coming soon!

Initial queries about this conference can be directed to Bradley Hayden, details below.

Bradley Hayden
Countrywide Conference & Event Management
PO Box 5013
Phone: (02) 6023 6300
Fax: (02) 6023 6355

email Bradley


2016 The People’s Ground conference, Melbourne, 5-8 October 2016

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The extraordinary Melbourne Cricket Ground – popularly “The People’s Ground”- is the inspiration for this conference. This acknowledges that heritage is for and about people and community. Whilst place is central to conceptions of heritage, is it not intangible values – stories, memories, connections, emotions – that reveal and sustain our heritage?

The MCG is included on the National Heritage List, although its continual evolution means that most of the fabric is barely thirty years old. It has shared Aboriginal and non-Indigenous heritage values, and a prominent history to match its location in the landscape of the Yarra River.

The significance of the MCG extends far beyond that of a mere sports stadium. It is an integral part of the fabric of Melbourne and the nation, and has gained an egalitarian image as “the people’s ground”. (MCG NHL citation)

Join Australian and international experts this October at The People’s Ground for a once in a century gathering.

Further information about this event can be found at the People’s Ground Conference website.


2015 Fabric Conference, Adelaide

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Australia ICOMOS’ conference Fabric is a forum to gather and debate the issues associated with the conservation of heritage fabric. The conference will take place in Adelaide from 5-8 November 2015.

Issues include: understanding and stewardship of traditional and technical conservation skills, engaging communities in conservation, advancing conservation knowledge, exploring new technologies, and fostering of training opportunities for the future conservation and interpretation of heritage fabric.

By understanding the skills and knowledge of the past, and developing the technologies of the future, Fabric will provide an opportunity for advancing conservation standards in Australia.

Further information about this event can be found at the Fabric Conference webpages.


2013 Conference – Canberra Centenary

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‘Imagined pasts…, imagined futures’ was an exciting multidisciplinary conference that coincided with the centenary of Canberra and the array of cultural activities, performances, exhibitions and events that are planned for Canberra in 2013.

Australia ICOMOS partnered with the Museum of Australian Democracy in the unique setting of Old Parliament House and explored how heritage participates in the ‘imagined communities’ and ‘imagined geographies’ of nations and communities in a globalising world. Asking how past, present and future are entwined in cultural identity, place, tangible and intangible heritages, the conference themes ranged from personal heritage and local places, to national narratives, virtual communities, diasporas and world heritage.

Further information about this event can be found at the Canberra Centenary Conference webpages.


2012 World Heritage Symposium

During 2012, Australia ICOMOS held a series of state-based forums around Australia focusing on the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

The National Symposium in Sydney on 16 November built upon the issues and discussions raised in each State and provided direction for Australia ICOMOS’ engagement with the national and international debate regarding World Heritage in the 21st century.

Further information about this event can be found at the World Heritage Symposium webpage.


2011 Conference – Watermarks

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The 2011 annual Australia ICOMOS conference, Watermarks, Water’s Heritage, was held in Melbourne at the end of October 2011. It was run in partnership with the National Trust. The theme of the conference was the broad heritage of water from Indigenous uses through to a wide range of nineteenth and twentieth century sub-themes covering industry, recreation, food production and transport.

Further information about this event can be found at the Watermarks Conference webpages.


2010 Conference – Outback & Beyond

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Australia ICOMOS’ 2010 Annual Conference, Outback & Beyond, on the future of historic towns, industrial heritage and pastoralism, was held in Broken Hill between 22-25 April 2010.  The conference was jointly hosted by:

Australia ICOMOS
TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage)
The City of Broken Hill

A CD of abstracts from this conference is available for purchase – download the Outback & Beyond abstracts CD order form to order and pay via credit card or email the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat for alternative payment options.


(Un)Loved Modern Conference 2009

Papers and presentations from the (Un)Loved Modern Conference are now available from the Papers tab on this website.  They are organised according to the conference sub-themes.  Keynote presentations are available from the Keynote Speakers tab.

Australia ICOMOS, in association with:

Docomomo Australia
ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage
Association for Preservation Technology Australia Chapter
Australian Institute of Architects
International Union of Architects

congratulate the Organising Committee and Conference Managers of the highly successful (Un)Loved Modern Conference held at the Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney,  from 7-10 July 2009, and thank all speakers and delegates for their contributions to an exciting and stimulating conference.

The Organising Committee of the (Un)Loved Modern Conference wish to thank all of our sponsors, and in particular, our Platinum Sponsor: