Sydney Talk: Heritage, Construction and Fire / June 18

2019 SYDNEY TALK SERIES NUMBER 4

Tuesday
18
TH
June 2019

Catherine Forbes: Heritage, Construction and Fire

Globally,
over the years many iconic heritage sites have experienced severe
damage or loss as a result of fire. Cases have included Windsor
Castle (1992), Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), Lucerne (1993),
Sungyemun (South gate) Seoul, South Korea (2008), the Cutty Sark
(2014), the Glasgow School of Art (2015 and 2018), the National
Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro (2018) and many more. Most
recently Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was in the limelight as we
watched images of its roof burning and spire collapsing (May, 2019).
During the same period, significant sites and collections in
Australia have also been impacted by fire, including Essendon
Historical Society Museum, Melbourne (2016), the historic Byron
Arcade, Inverell (2010), numerous historic Australian pubs, including
the General Gordon Hotel in Sydneham (2018), the Lyceum Hotel,
Longreach (2018) and the Broadway Hotel in Woolloongabba, Brisbane
(2018), a number of places of worship, including Melbourne’s oldest
Greek Orthodox Church (2016), the Geelong Mosque (2016), and St
Paul’s Catholic Church, Glenreagh, in the Clarence Valley (2018),
and a number of schools, including the 1923 Parramatta Public School
building in Sydney (2018).

Although
some of these fires were the result of arson and others accidental,
it must be noted that many of the buildings affected were undergoing
some form of construction work. Catherine Forbes will discuss recent
research findings on common causes of fire on heritage construction
sites and what is involved in preventing, preparing for and
mitigating fire risk prior to and during construction. With specific
reference to the Parramatta Public School fire, she will also
highlight the issues arising during the emergency response to fire in
heritage buildings and the new risks that emerge and must be dealt
with in the aftermath of fire.

Catherine
Forbes

Catherine
is an expert member of ICORP (ICOMOS International Scientific
Committee on Risk Preparedness) and Convenor of the Australia ICOMOS
and ICOMOS New Zealand joint working group on Cultural Heritage Risk
Preparedness. Catherine is also the heritage architect assisting
Schools Infrastructure NSW on recovery of the Parramatta Public
School.

Time
& Date
:
Tuesday 18th June 2019, 5.30pm
for 6pm start

Cost:
Students $10, Members $15, non-members $20 payable
in cash

at GML

Venue:
GML
Heritage
,
Level 6, Australia Council Building
,
372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, 2010 (corner of Cooper Street –
south from Central Station North Concourse exit to Elizabeth Street).
Please report to the reception desk on the Australia Council Ground
Floor on arrival to be ticked off on the list and to obtain a
Visitors Pass

RSVP:
by Friday
14
th
June 2019

via email to thubbul@bigpond.com

Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Australia
ICOMOS, DOCOMOMO Australia, NSW Chapter AIA members are all invited
to attend