2020 South West Heritage Conference

This year’s Conference, themed ‘Encounters’, will be held on the 28-29 May 2020 and hosted by the City of Busselton.

Do you work in the heritage or tourism industry and would like to learn more about current best practice and emerging trends in the heritage sector?

Do you own or care for a heritage place, and are interested in learning practical and hands-on techniques to help conserve and maintain your heritage building?

The 2020 South West Heritage Conference provides an opportunity for professional and business development, alongside extensive networking opportunities for private owners of heritage places, those currently working within government, the heritage sector, academia, small museums or galleries or heritage tourism and interpretation.

Expressions of interest are invited for presentations, workshops, discussions and other activities with some suggested subject areas outlined below, to create a quality event for the heritage sector.

The 2020 Conference will be jointly presented by the Heritage Council of Western Australia and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, and hosted by the City of Busselton in the newly built City of Busselton Administration Centre.

This year’s Conference theme ‘Encounters’ encompasses a diverse program that seeks to explore our State’s heritage from a wide range of perspectives, and will be of value to all those with an interest in Western Australian heritage. Integrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal heritage and settler-focused heritage, with an emphasis on cultural exchange and truth telling, ‘Encounters’ will examine WA’s past through a new lens.

The Conference will also feature practical workshops that focus on the care and conservation of heritage places, with specialists demonstrating the most recent conservation and interpretation tools for heritage management.

A local government workshop will be held to address the key issue of understanding the status of various heritage listings, and to provide local governments with practical examples as well as information on the renewed heritage legislation and policy that applies at each tier of heritage listing.

Expressions of interest for presenters and topics are invited.

Those with an interest in heritage, tourism, academics, government or anyone with an interesting heritage story to tell is invited to make contact with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Themes to consider

Themes to consider may include:

Repair and maintenance of heritage fabric

  • Trades and skills; specialist care and protection, maintenance and disaster risk management.

Adaptive reuse

  • Tourism, regional development, negotiating the approval process, case studies and lessons to be shared.

Researching and sharing the story

  • Community engagement, cultural protocols, use of digital technology, virtual collections, engaging a wider audience and dual naming of places.

Heritage tourism

  • Respectful and sensitive interpretation, marketing; managing visitors; developing regional themes, target markets and audience.

My Heritage Place

  • ‘My Heritage Place’ sessions provide brief glimpses of a heritage project or place, presented by an owner, developer, or heritage professional. It is a chance to hear personal views on heritage.

Register your interest to present

To register your interest to present, please complete the Expressions of Interest form by 5pm, Monday 10 February 2020

Expression of interest form

For further enquiries, please contact Harriet Wyatt by emailing Harriet.wyatt@dplh.wa.gov.au or telephoning (08) 6552 4157.

A PDF version of the EOI form is also available and can be submitted by post to: Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Events and Heritage Tourism Officer, Heritage Services, Locked Bag 2506, Perth WA 6001.

Follow the Heritage Council on Twitter or sign up to Heritage Matters eNews for more updates as speakers are confirmed and further details are released.

Registrations for the 2020 South West Heritage Conference will open mid to late February.

Encounters is presented with support from the City of Busselton.

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