2021 South West Heritage Conference

The South West Heritage Conference took place in Busselton in April 2021. Access to many of the presentations from the Conference has been provided below.

Banner-4a-(Favourite-Lighthouse-Jetty-option)-(1).jpgDo you work in the heritage or tourism sector and would like to develop your heritage skills and knowledge?

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

Does your role require an understanding of Aboriginal heritage and culture, or involve management of collections?

The 2021 South West Heritage Conference provides an opportunity for professional and business development, networking opportunities and exposure to a broad range of heritage concepts and information. The event would be of value to private owners of heritage places, State and local government, heritage professionals, academics and students, local museums and historical societies, and heritage tourism operators.

The 2021 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. Activities and site visits will be provided in partnership with the National Trust of Western Australia, Margaret River Busselton Tourist Association and a range of guides and hosts.

This year’s Conference theme ‘Encounters’ encompasses a diverse program that seeks to explore our State’s heritage from different perspectives. Integrating traditional and contemporary Aboriginal heritage and settler-focused heritage, with an emphasis on cultural exchange and telling stories, ‘Encounters’ will examine WA’s past through a new lens. 

The conference will also feature practical advice and hands-on workshops that focus on the care and conservation of heritage places, with specialists demonstrating basic conservation and maintenance tips that can be adopted by any property owner or manager.

A local government workshop will provide local government delegates with practical advice and updates on current practice for community heritage, assessment of local heritage places and heritage in planning. 

Those working with collections will have an opportunity to take part in a workshop on Collections WA and explore current curatorial practice. 

Program highlights include presentations on:

  • Virtual reality at Mogumber Mission for Aboriginal Healing
  • Visitor encounters with WA’s iconic heritage places
  • Restoration of ‘lost’ heritage 
  • Cultural heritage in action 
  • Planning ahead – reflections on the approaching bicentenary

Delegates are invited to extend their visit to the south west with a special tour of the National Trust’s Ellensbrook at Mokidup, or become a cultural tourist and create your own heritage experience.   

Download the program

Meet the presenters

tours and activities



Encounters is presented with support from the City of Busselton.

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