This Annual Symposium was established in 2011 to bring together people in and around the Australian Capital Territory with an interest in heritage or planning. It is jointly organised by the Canberra Archaeological Society, National Trust of Australia (ACT), Canberra & District Historical Society, Institute of Professional Practice in Heritage & the Arts, and Significance International. The Symposium grew out of the ACT Historical Archaeology Workshops of 2009 and 2010.
Each year we choose a topical theme to highlight achievements and understand issues in our region, from the local to the national. The Australian Capital Territory holds the nation's capital, Canberra. This means that we typically host a diverse speaker-base and audience which includes government administrators and policymakers, university lecturers and students (Canberra is home to three universities), representatives of relevant national professional associations (e.g. ALIA, ASA, Australia ICOMOS, ICOM Australia, RAIA), and paid and unpaid workers from community organisations through to national cultural institutions. Archaeologists, architects, and archivists, through exhibition creators and interpreters, to oral history recorders and World Heritage advisors all share ideas during formal and informal discussion times. A list of outcomes and proposed remediations is produced during the final session of the day and taken forward by relevant attending organisations after each symposium. We have increasingly made materials available from our events, and in 2014 sound recorded and visually captured the powerpoint presentations for the first time!
2018 ' Heritage on the Edge: Continuity with Change in Canberra'
The following information has been obtained from the National Trust webpage that provides the most up to date information regarding the symposium. For more information and details on registration or the symposium, please go to: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/event/act-region-heritage-symposium-2018/
"Heritage on the Edge: Continuity with Change in Canberra will focus on Canberra’s Modern (‘Modernist’) Architecture, a style widely used in Canberra for public buildings and private housing in the mid-20th Century, and of international standing. Its minimalist form is not a contemporary style today as Canberra rapidly changes with a focus on innovation and development, and high rise living. Change is a constant, but how are we applying it in Canberra so heritage is identified and protected to ensure a connection with our past, and a continuity of our sense of place?
With the sub-themes Vital and Vulnerable: threats to the Modern Urban Landscape; Continuity with Change: sustaining Canberra’s Modern heritage; and Hidden yet Found: revealing invisible Modern heritage, we’ll lookat what Canberra’s Modern Urban Landscape is and its heritage values are—central to Canberra story, and its vulnerability. How can we take such values into account with development and the broader impact on heritage with change? What processes, what guidelines can we apply to sustain Canberra’s modern heritage, and our heritage and its landscape more generally to ensure continuity with change and maintain a sense of place—a sense of community engagement? What are methods to see hidden aspects of this heritage, applying tools, such as the archaeology of structures, oral histories, and other evidence, so the Canberra community and visitors can appreciate this aspect of Canberra’s story.
We welcome in-kind and cash sponsorship from like-minded businesses and organisations that share our passion for heritage. A sponsorship may take the form of cash, support for an interstate speaker, or support for catering and hospitality. If you would like to get involved and support the Symposium, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org"