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The Australian National University

Ms Veronica Bullock

Position: PhD candidate in Interdisciplinarity and Anthropology

School or Centre: School of Archaeology & Anthropology

Email: veronica.bullock@anu.edu.au

Phone: 6125 0008

Qualification:

BA (Hons) ANU Prehistory (1984)
Certificate Scientific Principles of Conservation ICCROM (1988)
M. App. Sci. (Materials Conservation) UWS (2004)
Certificate IV, Training and Assessment TAFE (2010)

Activities:

Submission writing to Australian Government inquiries on behalf of Australia's cultural and scientific collections for Significance International 2010- (and formerly the Collections Council of Australia 2005-2010)

News items on behalf of Australia's cultural and scientific collections for the Significance International website 2010- (and formerly the Collections Council of Australia 2005-2010)

Conference Organising Committee for the 2013 ACT & Region Heritage Partnership Symposium 'A Centenary of Celebrating Heritage: accessing, presenting and interpreting heritage places and their collections in Canberra and the region', 20 July 2013

Conference Organising committee for the 2014 Association of Critical Heritage Studies (in Australia)

Course Advisory Committee, University of Canberra, Cultural Heritage Conservation qualifications 2010-

Pastoral Care at Burgmann Residential College, Australian National University

Biography

Veronica started her PhD in interdisciplinarity and anthropology at the Australian National University in 2012.

She holds honours degrees in material culture studies from the Australian National University and the University of Western Sydney, and Certificates from the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) (materials conservation advisory body to UNESCO in Rome, Italy), and the Australian Vocational Education and Training System - in teaching.

Veronica has worked in curatorial and conservation capacities at a number of Australian cultural institutions, and set up her own movable cultural heritage consultancy in 2010: 'Significance International'.This followed a five year period of working with policy, programs, and strategy for all collections in Australia. The 'Collections Council of Australia' (2005-2010) was established as a Ministerial Company and was therefore supported by the federal and all state and territory governments. In this role Veronica managed many projects including Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collections (2009), Collections Mapping, Australian Collecting Organisations Register (OzCOR), Australian collections sector statistics (liaison with the Australian Bureau of Statistics), Conservation Survey 2006, and Blue Shield Australia (where she established the annual MayDay Campaign with permissions from the American originators of the program).

In 2004 Veronica won the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Heritage Prize for her Master's thesis 'The Sydney Cove Chain: Conservation Plan' and in 2010 became an ICCROM Fellow, researching 'Integrated Collection Management' - an investigation into the connection between cultural heritage significance assessment and risk assessment.

Research Interests

Significance and values of cultural heritage
Materials conservation
Sustainable heritage
‘The two cultures’ (science/humanities)
Interdisciplinarity
Wicked problems
Sustainability
Intergenerational equity
Policy making

Publications

Journal articles

2012 Integrated Collection Management: an investigation into combining collection significance assessment and risk assessment for training purposes, AICCM Bulletin, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material, Vol 33, pp. 62-72.

2012 The marriage of risk assessment and significance assessment: challenges and opportunities, Guest Edited by Robert Waller, ‘The International Symposium on Cultural Property Risk Analysis’, a focus issue of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, 8:4 (Fall 2012), pp. 307-322.

Publications:

Veronica has a number of publications in materials conservation, and collections advocacy (from her time at the peak body for collections in Australia the Collections Council of Australia 2005-2010). Her more recent publications draw on the findings of a 2010 Fellowship at the International Institute for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome.

Bullock, VM 2012 The marriage of risk assessment and significance assessment: challenges and opportunities, Guest Edited by Robert Waller, ‘The International Symposium on Cultural Property Risk Analysis’, a focus issue of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, 8:4 (Fall 2012), pp. 307-322.

Bullock, VM 2012 Mixing risk and significance in Brasilia, in Assis, J (org) Essays from the Museum Heritage Risk Management Professional Training Institute, OEI/Program Ibermuseus, In press.

Bullock, VM 2012 Integrated Collection Management: an investigation into combining collection significance assessment and risk assessment for training purposes, AICCM Bulletin, Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material, Vol 33, pp. 62-72.

Bullock, VM 2011 Collections Management: its value as a unifying concept, Preprints of the International Council of Museums – Conservation Committee 16th Triennial Conference, ICOM-CC, Lisbon, Portugal. Available at: http://www.criterio.biz/icom-cc-preprints-2011/

Bullock, VM 2011 What lies beneath the Sydney Opera House? in Staniforth, M et.al., Proceedings on the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage, Asian Academy for Heritage Management, Manila, Philippines, pp. 953-967. Available at: http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1248

Conferences:

'Orderly, path dependent and unsuited to 21st century needs and abilities: the case of Australian Government heritage policymaking' Australia New Zealand Public Policy Network Conference, Adelaide, 30 January 2017.

'Knowledge 'in' and 'of' the policy process: how cultural heritage studies an inform policy learnings' Association for Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Canberra, 4 December 2014.

'A survey of significance assessment across disciplines', Programa Ibermuseus, Bogota, Colombia, 21 November 2012.

'Weaving a wicked discourse for Australia's sustainability challenges', HDR Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 27 August 2012.

‘Where have all the objects gone?’ ACT and Region Heritage Partnership Symposium ‘Valuing Heritage: advocating community attachment in planning’, Canberra, Australia, 28 July 2012. Available at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/act/HeritageSymposium

'Collections Management as a vehicle for understanding', International Committee for the Training of Personnel (International Council of Museums) Conference 'The Museum Professional Network: Careers, Connections and Community' Conference, Toronto, Canada, 26 November 2011.

'Australian Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Law: one perspective', Canadian Heritage, Ottawa, Canada, 2 November 2011.

'Significance assessment as a way to salvage prioritising', Programa Ibermuseus, Brasilia, Brazil, 18 October 2011.

'Collections Management as a unifying concept', 16th Triennial Conference of the Committee for Conservation of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-CC) 'Cultural Heritage / Cultural Identity: The Role of Conservation', Lisbon, Portugal, 21 September 2011.

‘Sustainability reporting for museums and galleries. Is it possible? Is it useful?’ Museums Galleries Scotland ‘Collaborating to Compete’ Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 16 September 2011.

'The marriage of risk assessment and significance assessment: can it really work?', International Symposium on Cultural Property Risk Analysis, Lisbon, Portugal, 14 September 2011.

‘Between history and heritage: the place of significance assessment’ Inaugural Conference of the Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations 'Bringing Together', Adelaide, Australia, 6 August 2011.

Memberships

Professional societies:

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) 2003-
International Council of Museums – Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC) 2009-
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) 2009-
Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) 2012-
Society for Human Ecology (SHE) 2012-
Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS, est. 2012) 2012-
Canberra Archaeological Society (CAS) 1981-83, 2012-
National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia (NIRRA, est. 2009) 2012-
Commonwealth Museums Association (CAM) 2013
Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM) 1988-2011

Projects and Grants

How heritage can provide a pathway for the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) to contribute to defining and achieving Australia's sustainaiblity objectives

Précis:
There is a disjunct between the original intent and expression of sustainability as human-centred in the founding international documents on the one hand, and the ‘arms-length’ environmental discourse prevalent in Australia and elsewhere on the other. This research will examine the development of Australian sustainability policy in an attempt to understand how instrumentality has overtaken sentimentality in sustainability discourse, and will suggest how the humanities, arts and social sciences may be able to contribute to re-situating sustainability to enable us to reach our common goals.

Teaching

Applied Chemistry for Higher School Certificate Students (design and teach) - Australian National Maritime Museum 1998 - 1999.

Significance Assessment and Risk Assessment Workshops and Masterclasses (design and teach to a range of professional and volunteer audiences) - Significance International - 2010 -

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