Monthly Archives: October 2011

Newcastle as a Museum

New thinking on Newcastle’s open air museum

At the Hunter Heritage Network seminar on 30 September 2011, Dr Nancy Cushing revisited her paper on the City of Newcastle as an open air museum.

Read the paper Nancy Cushing paper_Newcastle as a museum revisited.

We thank Dr Cushing for allowing us to publish this paper on our Blog. Dr Cushing welcomes comments too so be sure to find her email address within the paper.

Minister for Heritage Robyn Parker

The Minister speaks to our network

Friday the 30th September was a day few will forget in a hurry. Our annual seminar was hosted by Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle, who did a superb job. The Network was welcomed by Deputy Vice Chancellor Kevin McConkey and Greg Anderson, Library Manager.

The Minister for Heritage Robyn Parker addressed the Network about her vision for heritage. In particular, Minister Parker is concerned about the current protections for Aboriginal heritage and  has initiated the current review process in seeking to address this.

The Network welcomed the Minster’s commitment to improving heritage legislation and will be making a submission to the review of Aboriginal protections and the Environmental Planning and Assessment reforms.

The Minister was presented with a framed historic poster of the Duckenfield farms area, where she lives. All we can say is, the Minister was very touched – you had to be there. And here’s a hint – check the smiles in the following image.

Minister For Heritage Robyn Parker with Deputy Vice Chancellor Kevin McConkey, Greg Anderson and Sarah Cameron