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WA State Heritage & History Conference 2017

What are the threads that connect places with their past? How does history help our understanding of heritage? What common knowledge and skills support a successful local museum and an Indigenous cultural tourism business? 

On the 11 & 12 May 2017, the Heritage, History and Collections (GLAM) sectors came together to share and explore the many elements that contribute to WA’s unique past. 

This event promised a milestone in bringing together a broad range of experience, knowledge and understanding from many different projects, organisations and backgrounds, and with more than 375 participants, achieved this with flourish.

As principal sponsor, the Heritage Council was proud to support this event and is delighted with the outcome. We hope to maintain the momentum and interest generated by the conference and will be continuing the discussions started during the event.

Most of the presentations given over the two days of the conference can be downloaded from the website at

2016 Heritage Management and Planning Seminar
Industrial Heritage 

28-29 April, Kalgoorlie Town Hall

Industry is about innovation, infrastructure and effort. Each of these is represented in the heritage around us, from the many mining heritage sites to the unique achievements of the Golden Pipeline.

On 28 and 29 April 2016, the Heritage Council delivered the annual Heritage Management & Planning Seminar, hosted by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder at the historic Kalgoorlie Town Hall and Council Chambers.

Delegates heard speakers present on a wide range of topics relating to industrial heritage, from printing presses to the Super Pit; from railways to sandalwood. The seminar also included a selection of site visits offering firsthand experience of WA’s mining heritage.

A tour to Leonora and the historic Sons of Gwalia Minesite was offered on Wednesday 27 April. Guided by Engineering Heritage Australia, this tour included the headframe and winder engine, recently listed as an Engineering Heritage National Marker.

2015 Heritage Management and Planning Seminar

Heritage Means Business

16-17 April 2015
Midland Town Hall

The Heritage Council's annual Heritage Management & Planning Seminar was a key opportunity for those working in, or with, the heritage industry, to keep up to date with current issues and ideas. With a theme of 'Heritage Means Business', the 2015 seminar proved to be a varied and stimulating sharing of ideas.

Over two days, we heard speakers from business and industry provide updates on current activities, new developments and future projects. These insightful presentations explored ways in which heritage can be a basis, stimulus and catalyst for commercial activity, and demonstrated the potential for heritage conservation through innovative adaptation and sound management. View the full program.

Hosted by the City of Swan, the main activities were set in the historic Midland Town Hall, with an opportunity to explore heritage sites within the surrounding area. An informal dinner at Little Guildford provided excellent networking opportunities.

The seminar was invaluable to local government staff, heritage practitioners or those in related roles in government agencies or private industry. For the first time, owners of heritage places joined us, together with community members with an interest in history and heritage.

2014 Heritage Management and Planning Seminar

Celebrating Heritage

The Heritage Council’s 2014 Heritage Planning and Management Seminar was a great success with more than 60 representatives from across the State descending on Albany to learn about the importance of our heritage.

Co-hosted by the City of Albany, the action-packed three-day event (19-21 March) featured site visits and talks on how to promote heritage tourism, celebrate our heritage and manage our heritage assets. It also included the popular half-day ‘Heritage 101’ session.  The program can be viewed here, and many of the presentations are available via the links to the right.

The attendees enjoyed learning about heritage experiences from a local to State perspective and from a ‘not-for-profit’ to a business perspective, with many noting the benefits of the historic setting of Albany.

One of the highlights of the seminar included a guided bus tour to learn about the Mt Clarence and Mt Adelaide community projects. It also included a tour of the Padre White Lookout and construction of the National ANZAC Centre. These projects are due to be completed in time for the ANZAC Centenary  Commemorations later this year.

In addition, the National Trust, with assistance from the State Heritage Office, hosted a sundowner at Old Farm, Strawberry Hill at the conclusion of the seminar. Guests were treated to an exclusive tour of the house and grounds, and a representative from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs gave a wonderful insight on the Aboriginal significance of the site. 

2013 Heritage Management and Planning Seminar
Suburban Heritage -Towards 2031

The two-day seminar featured site visits and talks on the rise of suburban heritage, its protection, community involvement and celebration. 

It was held in the historic surroundings of the Cottesloe Civic Centre, co-hosted by the Town of Cottesloe, Town of Mosman Park and the Shire of Peppermint Grove.

We had over 40 representatives attended the seminar from across the State, each enjoying a program of presentations, site visits and networking. The feedback of the Seminar was very positive.

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