Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference – The Future of the Past

Presented by Engineering New Zealand’s Otago Heritage Chapter

Themed ‘The Future of the Past’, the conference will focus on heritage engineering or technology which has endured, undergone development, restoration and repurposing to claim its place in the future.

Situated in Dunedin, it’s a theme that aligns well with the region that’s full of interesting heritage! And there’s opportunity to experience this in a guided expert tour – both before and after the conference.

Key dates

Pre-conference tour: 11-14 November 2021

A three-day pre-conference tour, taking in the best of Southland’s engineering heritage across Queenstown, Milford Sound, the South Coast and Invercargill.

Conference: 14-17 November 2021

Keynote speakers

  • Takerei Norton (Ngāi Tahu), Manager of the Ngāi Tahu Archive and Kā Huru Manu, the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project, which focuses on recording Ngāi Tahu histories, traditions, and place names on the Ngāi Tahu Geographical Information System.
  • Keith Paterson, Project Director for the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral which was severely damaged and closed by the 2011 earthquakes.
  • Matthew Churchward, Curator for Museums Victoria and closely associated with the restoration of the Great Melbourne Telescope.
  • Glen Hazelton, Director Organisational Development, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

Post-conference half-day tour

There will be a half-day guided Engineering Heritage tour of Dunedin which includes the Gasworks Museum, harbour reclamation, the cable car and the warehouse precinct.

There will also be a Partners’ programme.

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