World Heritage nomination processes examined in next Port Arthur Talk

The Australian Convict heritage and the 19th century industrial revolution in Japan may seem very different historical stories. But there are some curious parallels when it comes to developing a case for World Heritage listing.

Dr Michael Pearson will explore the current development of a serial World Heritage nomination for the 19th century industrial revolution in Japan with which he is involved. He will compares the process with that of developing the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage nomination.

Similar themes run through the Japanese process, such as putting the series into the global context of colonisation and the expansion of Europe, developing a convincing series, and considering conservation and management issues before making the final nomination. But doing the process in another culture adds spice, and makes one consider the basics of our accepted approaches.

Dr Pearson has an Honours Degree in Ancient History, a PhD in Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Prehistory, University of Western Australia and an Adjunct Professor, Cultural Heritage Management, University of Canberra.

He is former president of Australia ICOMOS, the professional body of heritage practitioners and his research has resulted in over 70 publications (articles, chapters and books) on aspects of heritage conservation, management and government involvement, whaling, archaeology and history of 19th century small scale rural industries and many other Australian and polar history topics.

He is a current member of the Interim Namadgi Advisory Board and is here at Port Arthur for the joint Port Arthur and Australian National University heritage management course.


Wednesday 17 August, 2011, 5.30pm, Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site

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