This year ALIA URLS (ACT) Group and Blue Shield Australia are hosting a one-day Seminar at the National Library of Australia on the topic of ‘Fires, Floods and Failures: Future Proofing against Disaster’
Hear how our colleagues deal with disaster planning and emergency responses in relation to libraries and cultural collections.
Date: Wednesday 1 May, 2019 Time: 9:30am – 4:00 pm Price: $100 for ALIA members Location: Conference Room, 4th Floor, National Library of Australia, Canberra
The 2018 CULTURE Conference Committee invites you to register for the conference. Visit the CULTURE: Conserving it Together conference website for more information on registration, the program, speakers and more. Following on from the Blue Shield Australia Symposium held in January, one of the key themes of the conference is Heritage at Risk: Climate Change and Disasters. The conference is a joint undertaking of Australia ICOMOS and ICOMOS Pasifika.
On Sunday 29 July 2018, representatives from libraries, government, education and civil societies in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific, will gather on the Gold Coast to compare strategies for incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals in their work.
The Summit will be a combination of presentations and interactive workshops designed to ensure that Summit attendees depart with a clear understanding of how the SDGs can be embedded in their own organisation. They will gain a national and international library perspective on the SDGs; be better informed about ways of progressing this agenda, and be equipped with the information they need to spread their message in their own communities and through professional networks.
Speakers include :
Christopher Woodthorpe, Director of the United Nations Information Centre
Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian at the State Library of Western Australia
Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association
Opeta Alefaio, Director, National Archives of Fiji
The 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUILDING RESILIENCE is to be held in Lisbon, November 7-9, 2018.
The theme is Risk and Resilience in Practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages.
This places cultural heritage within the global context of disaster risk reduction and provides an opportunity for heritage to be brought into the mainstream. It also provides an opportunity for heritage professionals to discuss with a non-heritage audience the contribution of heritage to resilience building, as well as the issues we have identified as critical for reducing risks to cultural heritage. This includes discussing cultural heritage in relation to displaced communities, which in the Australian context could include Aboriginal communities and refugee communities.
The conference is structured around the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework and provides an opportunity for discussion of heritage in the broader context of disaster risk reduction and resilience, as well as to present evidence based heritage case studies.
ICOMOS-ICORP is an associate partner of the conference, along with UNISDR and a number of universities and research centres from around the world that specialise in resilience and disaster and emergency management. There is a broad range of tracks proposed for the conference which are aligned with the four priorities for action set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction:
Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk
Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction
Several of the tracks are expressly related to heritage, although, as heritage is part of the main theme for the conference, it would also be possible to address heritage within the other tracks on offer, although heritage is not specifically mentioned in their title. For the full range of tracks, which include among other areas cultural landscapes and indigenous heritage, refer to the conference website: http://2018.buildresilience.org
ICORP members are co-chairing the following tracks:
3A – Heritages: Risk mitigation, adaptation and assessment
4C – Risk and resilience issues of the architectural heritage: documentation, conservation, restoration and recovery
4F – The Role of Heritage in Reducing Risks, Building Resilience, Sustaining Culture and Enabling Recovery and Healing
The call for abstracts closes this Sunday, 4 March 2018.
Every society is shaped by its social, artistic and religious histories and the cultural treasures that embody them. Because these objects are so intrinsic to our sense of identity they are increasingly targeted in modern armed conflict.
Culture Under Attack is an Australian Red Cross exhibition that highlights the impact of war on cultural heritage. The images in this exhibition reveal the tragic destruction of important buildings, monuments, objects and artefacts – things that tell the stories of who we are and where we have come from. They illustrate the impact of this loss, from the indiscriminate bombing of Europe during WWII, the burning of irreplaceable manuscripts from Timbuktu’s library, to the recent devastation in Palmyra, Syria.
Drawn from the portfolios of photojournalists across the world, Culture Under Attack also portrays the invaluable work of cultural custodians and organisations dedicated to keeping our heritage safe for future generations.
Culture Under Attack was made possible by the generous support of the Australian Government Attorney General’s Department.
You are invited to join Blue Shield Australia members and supporters at the 2018 Blue Shield Australia Symposium to be held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia.
The symposium will be held over two days as follows:
Monday 29 January 2018—Tours, Workshops and Evening Welcome Reception
Tuesday 30 January 2018—Symposium with invited speakers
The purpose of the symposium is to share expertise, experiences and case studies of the protection of cultural heritage in times of natural disaster, as well as to discuss climate change and the strategies being put in place by the sector to work towards a sustainable future. The Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Pacific Regions are often affected by natural disasters and we look forward to learning from each other to advance the work of the International Committee of the Blue Shield to safeguard cultural assets for future generations.