Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Yarra Plenty Heritage Forum

A successful Heritage Forum was hosted yesterday (Tues 21 June) by the Cultural Heritage Officer at the City of Whittlesea for the second Yarra Plenty Heritage Forum this year.

The Heritage Forum which is held four times each year is facilitated and co-ordinated by the Local and family History Librarian at Yarra Plenty Regional Library and hosted by member groups at various locations. It is a an opportunity for local history groups, council representatives and like minded organisations within our three municipalities with an interest in local heritage such as Parks Victoria to come together for informal networking and information sharing.

Yesterday’s meeting held in the prestigious Council Chambers at the City of Whittlesea hosted a guest speaker Mr Detlev Leuth, former Chairman of Blue Shield Australia, the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is an international committee which works to protect the world’s cultural heritage against threats of all kinds including natural disasters such as floods and bushfires. His passion for the preservation of cultural heritage was evident in his presentation where he spoke about disaster preparedness and preservation of photos. Talks he said, which in the past he has presented each for a full day.

18 Forum members certainly took home some food for thought relating not only to their groups collections but also family archives.

Following a quick delicious unexpected light lunch provided by Whittlesea, groups did around the table reports on local projects and a decision to further discuss aspects of Detelv’s presentation such as putting together a Memorandum of Understanding with local groups in times of disaster was tabled for the next Forum meeting in September.

Quote from Member:

“Just to say that we thought Detlev’s presentation this morning was well worth attending. Although we may be aware of some aspects of the presentations its often a session such as this that gets one motivated and encourages one to move forward on such matters.”

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