The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) and the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts (IPPHA), based at the Australian National University, have joined forces this week to present an advanced short course titled World Heritage: Conserving Cultural Heritage Values, that is providing a unique development opportunity for heritage professionals.
While getting to know the outstanding heritage sites managed by PAHSMA (the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites), participants are building advanced skills with tuition from some of Australia’s leading heritage experts.
Internationally renowned heritage consultant, and PAHSMA Deputy Chair Professor Sharon Sullivan said that the course underscored the significance of the Port Arthur Historic Sites in the development of professional heritage management in Australia.
“There is a long history of leaders in the heritage profession who have spent time working or have otherwise studied at Port Arthur”, said Professor Sullivan.
“A course such as this provides a wonderful opportunity to extend that relationship, and to highlight the knowledge and skills that continue to contribute to the Sites’ ongoing conservation”.
Sixteen people are taking the course at Port Arthur, which includes a combination of tours and site visits, case studies and presentations from PAHSMA staff.
In addition to Professor Sullivan, IPPHA and PAHSMA staff, tutors at the include PAHSMA Chairman, Dr Barry Jones, PAHSMA Director of Conservation Dr Jane Harrington and Chair of the Port Arthur Conservation Advisory Committee, Kristal Buckley.
“The opportunity to engage with the staff and their skills onsite at such an internationally-significant place as Port Arthur is exceptionally valuable to the participants,” said Professor Sullivan.
Both the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites are under consideration by the World Heritage Committee for listing later this year as part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination. A decision is expected from the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in early August.
A further short course titled Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places will be held at Port Arthur in late September.