Questions of heritage

 It started with the Australian federal government’s review of the national heritage strategy ( (comments closed on 9 June, but they will consider late submissions). Reading the draft and answering the accompanying feedback questions with my History Council hat on, it felt very much as though the paper and the survey had been written by two different areas in the Department. Both the paper and the response survey raised questions about what was meant by heritage, both tangible and intangible, buildings and places, and other forms of heritage. The paper was concerned with actions like protecting the Barrier Reef and Port Arthur, via a ‘Green’ Army, and it’s rare to read an Australian heritage strategy where the Burra Charter is not mentioned. It also identified a quest to bring the Matthews Flinders’ map of Australia to Australia on long term loan, but did not address what was meant by long term, where the map would be located or why it’s exhibition or retention in Australia was an objective. 



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