Distinguished heritage consultant to speak at UNE

Published 04 August 2009

barracksProfessor Sharon Sullivan AO, former Executive Director of the Australian Heritage Commission, will give a public lecture at the University of New England next week titled “The conservation and management of heritage places”.

After graduating from UNE, Sharon Sullivan began work as the first archaeologist/historian employed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, responsible for the management of Aboriginal and historic sites. She went on to become Cultural Heritage Manager, Regional Manager, and Deputy Executive Director of the Service.

She has, for the past 30 years, worked and published extensively on cultural heritage management issues in Australia and overseas – including the United States, China, Africa, and Cambodia – and is a life member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. She is also a former Australian Government representative on the World Heritage Committee

Her talk – the 13th annual Maurice Kelly Lecture – will be at 5.30 pm on Wednesday 12 August in UNE’s Education Building (Room 111), preceded by light refreshments at 5 pm.

Sharon Sullivan is the author of a range of publications, including (with Michael Pearson) Looking after Heritage Places: The basics of heritage planning for managers, landowners and administrators (Melbourne University Press, 1998). A fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, she was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005 “for service to cultural heritage conservation, including Indigenous heritage, and to influencing conservation practices worldwide”.

The Australian Government awarded Professor Sullivan a Public Service Medal and a Centenary Medal in 2001, and in 2005 the Australian Archaeology Association awarded her its Rhys Jones Memorial Medal for Services to Australian Archaeology.

Professor Sullivan holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts (Honours) degrees in History and Archaeology and a Diploma of Education from UNE, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University.

The Maurice Kelly Lecture is presented each year by the committee of UNE’s Museum of Antiquities – a museum that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The lecture is named in honour of Dr Maurice Kelly, who has lived in Armidale since 1954 and who established the Museum of Antiquities within the University’s Classics Department in 1959.