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Sustaining Heritage: Second International and Thirteenth National Engineering Heritage Conference and NSW Railways Seminar
Engineers Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, 2005, 268 pp

The aim of the 2005 Second International Engineering Heritage Conference was to explore the tools and mechanisms needed to effectively conserve the nation's heritage assets in the long term. Accordingly, the theme of Sustaining Heritage was chosen to emphasise that a sustainable and professional approach - including from volunteer organisations - is required to ensure the conservation of heritage items for posterity. Whilst the focus was on engineering and industrial heritage, the principles of heritage sustainability and many of the issues grappled with in conserving heritage assets are common to all aspects of heritage. Consequently, many of the papers were by practitioners from other disciplines. The conference built on the experiences of those who have successful track-records in conserving heritage works and artefacts and those who have developed strong volunteer organisations. Apart from exploring sustainability, engineers, architects, archaeologists, museum curators, leaders of volunteer organisations plus many others, discussed issues with which the heritage community is grappling world-wide. The retention of trade and professional skills and the need to increase the numbers involved in the evaluation and conservation of heritage works and artefacts, received constant mention.

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