LA7 fully subscribed

The Longford Academy in May 2016 (LA7) is fully subscribed with participants in a range of trades specialisations and heritage disciplines from most Australian states as well as New Zealand and Malaysia.

The one-day workshops on Lime Mortar repairs and Traditional Roofing repairs will each have more than 40 participants including Tasmanian independent builders and property owners.  These two workshops will be presented with support from the Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board.

The Longford Academy is supported by Woolmers, Brickendon, Longford Mitre 10 and Sibelco Mole Creek, manufacturers of building lime.

The next Longford Academy event will be a Master Class in wood conservation (windows and shutters) to be held in late August 2016 at Woolmers.  More information to be posted here soon.

In 2017 the Longford Academy (LA8) will be held on 8-12 May 2017 at Brickendon and Woolmers Estates.

Details about future events can be obtained by emailing the Convenor.

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Longford Academy LA7: 9-13 May 2016

Registrations are now open for Longford Academy LA7 from 9-13 May 2016.

The seventh annual Longford Academy will be held at Brickendon and Woolmers Estates (World Heritage-inscribed) on 9-13 May 2016. Download more details.

The Longford Academy is a collaborative learning program led by experienced APT specialist practitioner-educators. Participants are engaged in site activities aimed at developing and sharing specialist heritage conservation knowledge and skills whilst contributing to safeguarding the outstanding universal values of the two sites. These activities may include information sessions, discussions, inspections, investigations, recording, conservation works and group learning activities.

The program is suitable for all levels of committed heritage conservation participants — owners, managers, professionals, tradespeople, workers and administrators willing to contribute and share in a conducive environment under all conditions.

For further information download LA7 details, view registration information and/or email the Convenor.

View the following pages for reports from previous Longford Academies:

LA6 2015

LA5 2014

LA4 2013

LA3 2012

LA2 2011


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Australian Heritage Strategy

Heritage Quality Framework in Australian Heritage Strategy
Invitation to Participate in Development

I am pleased to advise that the Heritage Quality Framework advocated by Australia ICOMOS and APT Australasia Chapter is included as an action under Objective 6 of the Australian Heritage Strategy released on 9 December 2015.

Australia ICOMOS is nominated to lead development of the framework in conjunction with Heritage Officials of Australia and New Zealand, the Department of the Environment and the Building Industry.

The Heritage Quality Framework is a concept needing development.  The scope and details are yet to be defined.  It will require input from a range of practitioners and industry participants to design and develop the strategy.  Some work has been undertaken but there is much more to be done.  Your input is invited and encouraged.  It will be vital to obtaining a good outcome.

In my role as APT Australasia Chapter Convenor I will continue to advocate for improved heritage conservation quality and sustainability, including working with Australia ICOMOS to develop the Heritage Quality Framework.

The process gained some momentum at the Quality Forum in Adelaide in November.

It has received a further boost by inclusion in the Australian Heritage Strategy.

Please contact me to explore ways you could contribute to this process.

Donald Ellsmore
APT Australasia Chapter
December 2015

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Australian Heritage Quality Framework

APT Australasia Chapter is working closely with Australia ICOMOS to realise an Australian Heritage Quality Framework for Sustainable Heritage Conservation (AQHF).

As part of the Australia ICOMOS ‘Fabric’ conference held in Adelaide, Australia ICOMOS and APT Australasia Chapter convened a forum on the development of a Heritage Quality Framework on 4 November 2015.

These briefing notes were provided to all participants.

Presentations included:

Donald Ellsmore – FABRIC Forum Presentation

Ip Kin Hong (Macau) – Heritage Guards Program

These comprehensive notes on the discussions at the forum, including resolutions, were prepared.

APT members are urged to become involved in the development of the AHQF in any way you can.  For more information, or to pledge assistance, please contact the Convenor, Donald Ellsmore.


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Participant report from LA6, May 2015

Heritage Tasmania’s Russell Dobie was a participant at LA6, the 2015 Longford Academy. His overview of his experiences at LA6 are posted here.

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2015 Longford Academy LA6 to be held 11-15 May

DSCN3073The sixth Longford Academy (LA6) will be presented by the Australasian Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (International) at the World Heritage listed Brickendon and Woolmers Estates in Tasmania on 11-15 May 2015. Expressions of interest for attendance at LA6 are now sought by email to the Convenor.

The Longford Academy follows a model of collaborative learning in advanced conservation techniques through hands-on engagement with heritage fabric and place –  for more information click here.

Participants pay an attendance fee to defray costs. Accommodation is available on site by arrangement with Brickendon and Woolmers.

For more information download the information notice and the registration_details.

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Sustainable Heritage Conservation workshops in Sydney 2015

A series of heritage conservation workshops covering technical and planning topics will be held as part of the 200-year anniversary celebrations at the National Trust Centre (at Observatory Hill in Sydney) during February – April 2015.  The APT Australasia Chapter has partnered with the City of Sydney; Australia ICOMOS; Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter; Building Limes Forum Australia and the National Trust of Australia (NSW) to present this series of sustainable heritage conservation workshops. Workshop presenters are subject specialists, leading practitioners and skilled tradespeople. Workshops include presentations, demonstrations, site inspections and hands-on activities, and include refreshments and lunch at full day workshops.

Date Workshops
7 Feb 2015 History and Archaeology: meaning and management
21 Feb 2015 Planning and Heritage in Context: managing change to heritage places
28 Feb 2015 Understanding and working with lime
7 Mar 2015 Exterior applied finishes: technology and application
14 Mar 2015 Dealing with damp and re-pointing mortar joints
21 Mar 2015 Keeping the water out: roofing and plumbing
28 Mar 2015 Understanding and working with wood (on site in Sutherland; address provided on registration)
11 Apr 2015 Designing for sustainable change
18 Apr 2015 Interior plaster, decoration and finishes:
Part 1 Research
25 Apr 2015 Interior plaster, decoration and finishes:
Part 2 Conservation

Download more information about the content of workshops, or for additional details, please email APT Australasia Chapter Convenor. Registration fees for each workshop are:

$160.00 Members of APT, Australia ICOMOS or National Trust; City of Sydney property owners; licensed tradespeople
Other participants

Bookings for these workshops now open. Book online now for your place at one or more of these workshops, or call (02) 9258 0141.

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