Heritage changes … or does it?
A panel discussion presented by Lovell Chen in association with ACAHUCH and ICOMOS GA2023
Wed 22 March 2023 … 6pm-8pm
Singapore Theatre, Basement, Glyn Davis Building (MSD), the University of Melbourne
The themes for the upcoming ICOMOS GA2023 Scientific Symposium are Resilience – Responsibility – Rights – Relationships, under the main banner, Heritage Changes. In light of this, and with the twin aims of challenging the current assumptions of heritage practice and considering it in relation to other disciplines, Lovell Chen invites you to a no-holds barred panel discussion — reflecting views from a range of perspectives: community and society, environment and climate change, first nations and anthropology, curators and writers, the marginalised … and more.
If conservation and cultural heritage are to endure, do we need to think differently? Would their roles in society be reinvigorated through greater integration with social, economic and environmental concerns? How do we ensure that heritage conservation remains relevant? Is heritage an impediment to reaching zero carbon?
We have now lived with heritage lists and registers for decades. Many include buildings and places selected based on judgements of marginal relevance to us today and, even though the value systems we use to judge heritage significance are continually evolving, past decisions are not reviewed. The lists continue to grow. Is it time to start ‘deaccessioning’? Are heritage registers holding us back, given that adaptation of existing structures plays a major role in reducing the impacts of climate change?
• Introduction : Prof Richard Mackay, Convenor ICOMOS GA2023
• Panel chair : Adam Mornement
• Amy Hubbard, Capire Consulting Group
• Paul Carter, Material Thinking
• Dr Heather Threadgold, MURRI : YUL Consultants
• Melinda Kennedy, MURRI : YUL Consultants
• Dr Richard Gillespie, the University of Melbourne
The image of the Sydney Opera House is used under licence from the Sydney Opera House Trust.