Dr Jane Harrington has been appointed the new Director of Conservation and Infrastructure at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
Dr Harrington has a strong reputation in the field of cultural heritage management and Port Arthur’s conservation and infrastructure programs will benefit tremendously from her guidance and expertise.
Dr Harrington has extensive expertise in cultural heritage management in both the public and private sector, in Australia and internationally.
She joins the Authority after working with Sydney based heritage consultancy, Biosis Research, and previously with Heritage Victoria, and with ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) based in Paris.
Dr Harrington said that one of her key aims will be to raise greater awareness of Port Arthur’s cultural heritage significance, both nationally and internationally.
“Port Arthur is already listed on the National Heritage Register, and I look forward to progressing Port Arthur’s bid for World Heritage Listing as part of a serial nomination including other important Australian convict sites in New South Wales, Western Australia and Norfolk Island,” she said.
“I am also committed to maintaining Port Arthur’s position as a centre of excellence for convict research and best practice heritage management. I would like to expand opportunities for Port Arthur to share its resources, extending education and professional learning programs.”
Dr Harrington said one of her particular areas of interest is community heritage and she is looking forward to working with the local community to develop understandings about the site’s importance to the contemporary community.