40th Anniversary of the Burra Charter

Tasmanian Celebration of the
40th Anniversary of the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Hadleys Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart

The Burra Charter, the bedrock for heritage practice in Australia, turns 40 this year!

First written in 1979, The Burra Charter: The Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance, is the main guideline in Australia for cultural heritage conservation, and has played this leading role since its inception, although it had been revised several times since – in 1981, 1988, 1999 and 2013, with an illustrated version published by Australia ICOMOS in 1992.

Its name, The Burra Charter, reflects the fact that it was first adopted at the historic South Australian mining town of Burra. Although initially derived from the international 1964 ICOMOS Venice Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites, the Burra Charter has also formed the basis for a number of other national cultural heritage conservation charters, including for China.

The Burra Charter provides guidance for the conservation and management of places of cultural significance. These are places that are important to keep and manage well as they enrich people's lives, often providing an important sense of connection to the past; they are historical records and important expressions of Australian identity and experience; and they are irreplaceable. The Burra Charter is relevant to those who provide advice, make decisions about, or undertake works to places of cultural significance, including owners, managers and custodians. It can be applied to all types of places of cultural significance including natural, Indigenous and historic places with cultural values. The two most recognised features of the Burra Charter are its 'value-based' approach - which is that the aim of conservation is to retain cultural significance; and its advocating for a cautious approach to change – which is to 'do as much as necessary, but as little as possible'.

In Tasmania, Australia ICOMOS is celebrating this milestone anniversary of the Burra Charter with a reception at the historic Hadleys Orient Hotel in Hobart on Tuesday 8th October 2019, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. We invite you to come and be part of this cultural heritage celebration.

The reception will also feature a small panel of heritage practitioners who are expert in different areas of cultural heritage who will share their reflections and thoughts on their experience working with the Burra Charter, its usefulness, and how they think the Burra Charter might usefully evolve in the future. This will be followed by audience questions and comment. Professor Kate Darian-Smith, a cultural historian and Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Arts, Law & Education at the University of Tasmania will be MC for the event.

Cost: $15, refreshments provided. Bookings are required and can be made via Register Now. Please book soon as numbers are limited. Note that bookings close Friday, 4 October 2019.

This is an Australia ICOMOS event. Australia ICOMOS however acknowledges the support of Hadleys Orient Hotel for this event.

Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation of cultural heritage professionals, which formed as a national committee of ICOMOS in 1976. Australia ICOMOS' mission is to lead cultural heritage conservation in Australia by raising standards, encouraging debate and generating innovative ideas. Australia ICOMOS has an Australia-wide membership base and encourages heritage professionals and others with an interest in the conservation of cultural heritage to join. More information is available at https://australia.icomos.org/



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