- Class Number 2659
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Alexandra Dellios
- Dr Alexandra Dellios
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
This course will introduce and examine the principles underlying the practices of cultural heritage and museum management. It introduces students to the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary heritage and museum practice in Australia and internationally. The first half of the course focuses on heritage practices, the second on understanding the frameworks regulating museum practices. Topics covered by the course will include the identification of the range and nature of cultural heritage in Australia, an examination of the history of museum development and collecting practices, the basic policy and legislative frameworks (Federal and State) governing the protection of cultural heritage; the principles and processes of heritage conservation planning; the role of archaeology and other areas of expertise in heritage conservation, curation and planning, the practices of documenting heritage values. The course will also consider the ethical issues that underpin heritage and museum conservation and interpretation.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe the historical, political, institutional and cultural frameworks for contemporary heritage and museum practice in Australia and internationally;
- identify heritage and museum policies and legal frameworks relevant to the practice of heritage and museum management;
- identify and analyse the principles of conservation and management; and
- analyse a range of ethical and political issues that underpin heritage and museum management.
Course involves oral history and migration heritage
There are three field trips for this course (all in Canberra). Due to COVID-19 these field trips are not compulsory for students completing the course remotely.
Additional Course Costs
The field trip to Mugga Mugga cost $9 per student, which is due on the day of the field trip.
Students will need to find their own way to the sites for the field trips (AWM, Lanyon, and Mt Stromlo). You may need to pay parking fees at some sites. Students may also visit a site of their choice for their significance assessment assignment.
Examination Material or equipment
Australia ICOMOS. 2013. The Burra Charter, including new Practice Notes can be downloaded at: http://australia.icomos.org/publications/charters/; also available as: Australia ICOMOS. 2004. The Illustrated Burra Charter: Good practices for heritage places, Australia ICOMOS, Melbourne.
- Australia ICOMOS. 2013. The Burra Charter, including new Practice Notes can be downloaded at: http://australia.icomos.org/publications/charters/; also available as: Australia ICOMOS. 2004. The Illustrated Burra Charter: Good practices for heritage places, Australia ICOMOS, Melbourne.
- Australian Government Department of Environment Australian Heritage Strategy website at http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/heritage/australianheritagestrategy/pastconsultation/australian-heritage-strategy. Read the most relevant of the ten essays on key issues facing the heritage sector, as they relate to the topics we will be examining each week.
- Smith, G. S., Messenger, P.M. and Soderland, H.A. (2010). Heritage Values in Contemporary Society, Left Coast Press, California.
- Australia ICOMOS. 20 October 2017. National Scientific Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage, Practice Note on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Place.
- Pearson, M. and Sullivan, S. (1995) Looking after Heritage Places. The basics of heritage planning for managers, landowners and administrators, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne. This book is out of print but selected chapters are available on electronic reserve
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments on essays and other written assignments
- Comments to individuals during student consolation times
- Verbal comments during seminar sessions
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||An Introduction to Cultural Heritage - We will examine how heritage is produced by governments, communities and experts for different purposes. We will also critically evaluate the use of charters and doctrine in global heritage practice.|
|2||Who Owns Heritage? - We will examine how heritage is produced by governments, communities and experts for different purposes. We will also critically evaluate the use of charters and doctrine in global heritage practice.|
|3||Determining Significance - We will critically evaluate heritage values and meaning in different social and political contexts. We will also explore the Burra Charter processes for significance assessment.|
|4||Documenting Heritage Values: Practical - In this site-based practical we will develop practical skills in identifying and assessing heritage significance. We will also reflect on best practice and the issues and challenges in achieving this.?||Online alternative available for off-campus students|
|5||Conservation Management Planning: Principles - We will explore the role of cultural heritage management planning in current heritage practice. ?|
|6||Conservation Management Planning: Practice - In this site-based practical we will analyse how values-based heritage management works and the role of cultural heritage management plans.||Online alternative available for off-campus students|
|7||Intangible Heritage, Community and Ethics - We will explore community engagement with heritage on a local, national and international level, and ways in which discussions around intangible heritage are changing the way we frame and facilitate community engagement. We will also look at the ethics of heritage practice in Australia.|
|8||Working with Heritage Legislation - We will critically examine the role of Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).|
|9||Oral History Methods and Public History Projects - We will explore the implications of oral history for heritage identification, interpretation and management—and embedding oral history in heritage practice to create new meanings.|
|10||Indigenous Heritage and World Heritage - This class will focus on the unique issues faced in Indigenous heritage management.|
|11||Heritage Interpretation and Visitor Experience - In this site-based practical we will discuss and analyse how CMAG staff use different media, voices and sensory experiences to interpret and present a range of heritage values and meanings to their visitors. We will reflect on the visitor experience and how it may influence ideas of cultural identity and history.||Online alternative available for off-campus students|
|12||Future Directions and Course Summary||Student Presentations|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Worksheet #1||15 %||22/03/2020||18/03/2020||1, 3, 4|
|Worksheet #2||15 %||26/04/2020||11/05/2020||1, 3, 4|
|Significance Assessment||50 %||03/06/2020||17/06/2020||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Presentation||20 %||31/05/2020||14/06/2020||1, 2, 3, 4|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
You are expected to complete the worksheet provided on WATTLE. The questions are based on the readings, lectures and tutorial discussions from Weeks 1 to 4. The value of each question/answer is clearly marked on the worksheet.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
You are expected to complete the worksheet provided on WATTLE. The questions are based on the readings, lectures and tutorial discussions from Weeks 5 to 7. The value of each question/answer is clearly marked on the worksheet.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
The aim of this project is to highlight the process of significance assessment. It will allow you to experience the process of researching, documenting, and assessing heritage places. You will need to have a thorough understanding of your heritage area in order to assess its significance alongside of other heritage areas.
There are many guides and case studies to assist you in understanding the significance assessment process (see WATTLE site).
What is significance?
Significance means the importance and meaning we place on a landscape, site, building, object, collection (or other) in the past, now and in the future. Significance is not absolute but neither is it subjective. Different people value different things at different times in their lives. Values can be can be personal, family, community, national and/or international. Significance can be assessed in relation to many areas but particularly: historic, aesthetic, scientific, social, and other.
While anyone can assess significance, it is often an area for specialists and professionals who understand the wider heritage industry – guidelines, assessment criteria (locally, nationally and internationally) – and can judge significance based on their experience. However, it cannot be done in isolation from community values, perspectives and knowledge. You will need to include a plan of how you will work with relevant communities and stakeholders (plan only, you do not need to undertake the consultation).
What should I assess the significance of?
You need to be able to access information on the place you are assessing, so for most people it will be easiest to select somewhere or something in Canberra. You may also need to take photographs if no others are available via the Internet or previous reports. Choose somewhere that interests you.
How should my assignment be formatted?
Your assignment should look like a professional report. Some states and territories have templates for heritage assessments (such as the Northern Territory); others may outline what they expect to be in the report but not the order. This is not an essay but an industrystandard report.
In this task you will be evaluated on the basis of the extent to which you have (a) effectively understood and met the key criteria for developing a significance assessment, (b) planned how you will work with relevant communities and stakeholders (c) developed the report according to the guidelines and professional standards, (d) skill in expression and language.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
You must present the findings from your significance assessment to the class in the final week of the topic. You will only have five minutes to present and time limits will be strictly enforced. You will also need to submit the Powerpoint presentation for your talk via WATTLE.
Your class lecturer will grade your presentation. You will be graded on your ability to communicate the key aspects of your significance assessment clearly and within the strict 5 minute timeframe. Please remember that the findings of your assessment are the most important aspect so allocate your time accordingly (i.e. don’t spend four minutes on history and 1 minute rushing through the assessment outcomes).
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Heritage and museum studies
Dr Alexandra Dellios