Africa Hall Redevelopment by AusHeritage Member Conrad Gargett

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Conservation, refurbishment and adaptive reuse of Africa Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia requires the preserving, and restoring the historical and cultural values of the heritage building whilst achieving a modern conference facility opening up the place as a major tourist attraction with exhibition and museum space. Africa Hall Redevelopment. Source: Doug and Wolf Conservation works included the upgrading of old furniture…

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Frozen in time, we’ve become blind to ways to build sustainability into our urban heritage

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The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct development won the Greenway Award for Heritage. MDRX/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA James Lesh, Deakin University It was hard to keep up with all the bad news coming out of the recent Australia State of the Environment report. The dire state of natural places and First Nations heritage rightly attracted attention. However, one important finding was overlooked:…

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AusHeritage’s submission for a new National Cultural Policy

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After almost a decade of no national cultural policy in Australia, the new government has called for submissions to help develop a new policy. (https://www.arts.gov.au/have-your-say/new-national-cultural-policy).  AusHeritage welcomes this decision and has made a submission that outlines three key points: A cultural policy is broader than an arts policy and must include cultural heritageAlong with the Minister’s current goals, there should…

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RBA Architects on their latest project Prahran Arcade Façade Conservation

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https://youtu.be/2a6k4s-mMco RBA Architect's Roger Beeston, Deirdre Heffernan and Meher Bahl, along with Abode Restoration's Thomas Madden recently gave a talk as a part of Open House Melbourne 2022 on their recently completed project Prahran Arcade. Prahran Arcade opened in August 1890 and has since been known for its grand frontage. Originally, its ground level was accessed via both Chapel and…

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Steward of heritage places: Spotlight on architect Bruce Pettman and his passion for conservation

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The following article is from the NSW Public Works Advisory Department's news section. It was published on 14th June 2022. You can find the article here. From conserving major buildings in South Australia and New South Wales to restoring historic buildings in South Asia and South East Asia, architect Bruce Pettman has had a vast and varied career. He is…

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Ned Kelly’s Boyhood Home Revisited by AusHeritage’s David Huxtable

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Article by David Huxtable, Director LookEar At the small town of Beveridge, some 40km north of Melbourne, lies the boyhood home of Australia's most famous outlaw, Edward 'Ned' Kelly. Kelly House Derelict - March 2020. Source: LookEar It is a simple timber house that was built in stages spanning about 40 years, commencing around 1859 by Ned's father, John 'Red'…

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AusHeritage at Robin Boyd’s Walsh Street House

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RBA Director Roger Beeston and key emerging heritage professional, Meher Bahl, were delighted recently to accompany eminent international museum expert and conservationist, Vice Chairman of ICOM-Committee for Conservation and AusHeritage Chair, Dr Vinod Daniel to the iconic Walsh St Boyd House, led by the indefatigable Boyd Foundation chair, Tony Isaacson. This modernist marvel was design by Robin Boyd as his…

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Insight into Artlab’s Balgo Paintings Project

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Balgo is located on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert and the western edge of the Tanami Desert of Central and Western Australia. It is home to the acclaimed artists who established one of Australia’s important paintings movement – the Balgo Art Movement – originating in a community centre in 1981. Paintings created in the Balgo workshops during…

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Tech and its role in museum makeovers

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The following article was prepared by Ruth Dhanaraj for the Hindu on 19th April 2022. Vinod Daniel. Credits: Special Arrangements Vinod Daniel, an internationally-recognised museum expert, talks about the need for preventive conservation and for smart uses of tech in this field. Gone are the days of yore when museums were trusty harbours for dusty relics. With a growing awareness to…

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EK Nayanar Memorial Museum, Kerala inauguration

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Vinod Daniel (Chair AusHeritage) at the opening of the EK Nayanar Memorial Museum in Kerala, India. With the Chief Minister of Kerala Mr Pinarayi Vijayan and several Ministerial colleagues. Vinod has been involved in developing this museum along with several Indian organisations. The following article was prepared by  Times of India on 2nd April 2022. Party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the…

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