Heritage: The Burra Charter turns 40 / June 27

Thursday 27 Jun 2019
5:45pm – 7:30pm

Singapore Theatre, Room B120, 
Glyn Davis Building (133), 
Masson Road, The University of Melbourne

The Burra Charter is the bedrock for heritage practice in Australia.  It sets out principles and procedures that have been applied throughout the country, and overseas, since it was written in 1979.  To acknowledge the Charter’s 40th anniversary, Australia ICOMOS is hosting a series of panel discussions to reflect on the document’s success and evolution, and to consider its capacity to respond to an evolving heritage landscape.  Questions may include, how does the Burra Charter work in practice, and how rigorously is it applied?  Does it address all of the issues relevant to contemporary heritage practice?  Is there a need for the Charter to respond more directly to intangible heritage?  Is there a risk that the essence of the Charter will be diluted through further reviews?

The first of the panel discussions will take place at the University of Melbourne on 27 June 2019. The format, based on the ABC’s ‘Q and A’ show, will see a panel of four speakers respond to questions from the audience, with the discussion chaired by Professor Philip Goad.

The ‘Q & A’ will run for approximately an hour and a half and the event is open to all.  Refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: to Adam Mornement via email by Friday 14 June. Those wishing to pose a question (or questions) should include the question in the RSVP. You will be advised in advance if your question has been selected, and you will be invited to pose it at the event.

The next Burra Charter ‘Q & A’ will be held at the University of Sydney on Saturday 13 July (11:30am to 1:00pm) – further details will follow soon.

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