Conservation Skills To Be Taught At Port Arthur
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, will join forces to present two professional development advanced short courses that will provide a unique development opportunity for heritage professionals.
The courses will provide an unparalleled opportunity to build advanced skills while getting to know two of Australia's most outstanding heritage sites (the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites), both of which are under consideration by the World Heritage Committee for listing later this year as part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination.
The courses will be offered as professional development opportunities to experienced practitioners working in the heritage sector seeking to enhance their skills. They will also be offered as topics in the cultural and environmental heritage stream of the Graduate Program in the Liberal Arts at the Australian National University.
PAHSMA Director of Conservation and Infrastructure, Dr Jane Harrington, said that the course underscored the significance of the Port Arthur Historic Sites in the development of professional heritage management in Australia.
“I am constantly amazed and impressed by the number and range of leaders in the heritage profession who have spent time working or have otherwise studied at Port Arthur”, said Dr Harrington.
“These programs provide a wonderful opportunity to extend that relationship, and to highlight the knowledge and skills that continue to contribute to the Sites’ ongoing conservation”.
In addition to IPPHA and PAHSMA staff, tutors will include PAHSMA Chairman, Dr Barry Jones, PAHSMA Deputy Chair Professor Sharon Sullivan and Chair of the Port Arthur Conservation Advisory Committee, Kristal Buckley.
David O’Byrne, Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, has congratulated the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority and the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts for their role in developing skills in the conservation area.
Enrolments and further details are available from the IPPHA website.
Many Australian heritage professionals have worked or trained at Port Arthur. The historic site's role in skills development is being reinforced with two important national skills development workshops to be held there this year.