AusHeritage forum for exchanging and sharing ideas - July 2005

‘Working Together – Working Cross-culturally – Cultural Heritage in Asia and the Pacific.’

The forum was held at the St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland on 22 July 2005. Speakers included Ian Cook – former Director of Artlab, SA and AusHeritage member; Associate Professor Paul Memmott – Director- Aboriginal Environments Research Centre(AERC), University of Queensland and AusHeritage member; Dr Ian Galloway – Director, Queensland Museum and President ICOM Australia; Jane Lennon AM – member of the Australian Heritage Council and past Australian representative of ICCROM.

Working within the Asia Pacific region involves an engagement with a diverse array of cultural, linguistic, spiritual, political, legislative and religious factors across the arenas of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Over the past two decades many Australian heritage practitioners and many Australian organizations have developed a breadth and depth of experience of developing and delivering heritage projects in the region. Museums Australia (and its precursors), ICOM Australia, the Australian Institute for the
Conservation of Cultural Material, Australia ICOMOS, public museums/galleries, NGOs and private sector cultural heritage businesses have contributed greatly to the development of ongoing relationships, greater dialogue and the achievement of projects that are relevant and sustainable.

Over the past ten years, AusHeritage has brought a strategic business focus to this engagement. AusHeritage is a network of Australian heritage
practitioners who share an interest in working offshore and more specifically the Asia Pacific region. It has a proven track record of high level engagement and in delivering heritage services and advice to the region through strategic
partnerships.

This forum provided an informal opportunity for participants to gain further knowledge of working cross-culturally, to network with key individuals who are helping shape heritage practice and policy in the Asia/Pacific region and to understand the role of key heritage agencies such as AusHeritage, ICOM, ICCROM and university research centres such as AERC./