Port Arthur Talks

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority presents this semi-regular series of talks by authoritative speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from history and conservation to environmental issues, research results, study tours and much more.

The talks are held every couple of months at the Port Arthur Historic Site, are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in the topic. Rich and varied subjects and speakers make for fascinating listening and discussion.

Each talk begins at 5:00pm in the building at the rear of the Junior Medical Officer’s House at Port Arthur Historic Site. Light refreshments provided.

For more information about our Port Arthur Talks, please phone +61 (0)3 6251 2324.

Tuesday February 26

Event details

The World Heritage site of the Mogao Grottoes is China’s preeminent ancient Buddhist site on the Silk Road, comprising nearly 500 cave temples (4th and the 14th centuries) with magnificent wall paintings and sculpture. The Getty Conservation Institute has been working with the Dunhuang Academy since 1989 on strategies to conserve and manage the site. Having flourished for a thousand years and survived abandonment for four centuries, the site faces a new threat from mass tourism leading to an unsustainable situation for management and an uncomfortable and unsatisfying experience for visitors, as well as causing irreparable damage to the fragile, ancient Buddhist art. This talk will look at a visitor management approach that began in 2000 and whether it has been a success.

Dr Martha Demas is a senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI). Since1990 she has been involved in many of the institute’s international field projects in China, Egypt, the Mediterranean, Belize, and Tanzania. She has a principal interest in conservation and management of archaeological sites, with a recent focus on visitor management and carrying capacity.

Dr Neville Agnew is a senior principal project specialist at the GCI. At the Getty his initial work was in earthen architectural preservation research, and later responsible for many early field projects of the institute in China, Egypt, and other countries. He is completing the project for the conservation of the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and exploring ways to develop a network of professionals, and private enthusiasts for the protection and promotion of rock art.

Tuesday April 9

Belinda Bauer, Vertebrate Zoology Collection Manager at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery (TMAG) speaks about some of their more unusual zoological specimens – some with links to Port Arthur!

Wednesday May 22

Anne Courtney presents the findings of the 2017-18 Tasman Peninsula Community Heritage and Tourism Project (CHAT), a project supported by the Community, Heritage and Icons Grant from the Australian Government.

Tuesday July 30

Michelle Berry, heritage objects conservator will give an insight into the work of a conservator.

Wednesday September 18

Anne McVilly, Director of Tourism Operations at Port Arthur Historic Site and Management Committee member of the Australian Cruise Association will speak about the cruise ship sector and how it has impacted on Port Arthur and the region.

Wednesday November 20

Designer and heritage tradesman, Michael Bremer-Trainor, FRSA, will be speaking on woodgraining, stencilling and tromp l’oeil, and the use of colour and the types of paints in use in the 19th century.