EVENT: James Lesh Public Lecture at the University of Sydney on Values in Cities: Urban Heritage in Twentieth-Century Australia

CIRCA Presents: Lecture Series in collaboration with Architectural Theory Review (ATR) & Histories of Architecture and Built Environments group (HABEg) from the University of Sydney School of Architecture and Design.

Join us at 6 pm on Wednesday 24 May 2023 at the Wilkinson Building, University of Sydney for James Lesh speaking about his book ‘Values in Cities’.

Across the twentieth century, heritage and ideas of value had increasing power to shape Australia’s cities. Places found valuable by professionals and communities were conserved. Places perceived to lack value became subject to redevelopment. From the 1970s, alongside strengthened activism and legislation, with the innovative Burra Charter (1979), the values-based model emerged for managing the cultural significance of historic environments. Values transitioned from an implicit to an overt component of conservation. In this talk, James Lesh traces the Australian heritage movement and its role both in celebrating the Australian nation and in reconciling settler colonialism for the twentieth century.

Dr James Lesh is a historian and Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne. His research explores the theory and practice of heritage conservation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has also published widely in Australian urban history.

Register here: https://events.humanitix.com/circa-lecture-series

Book Details here: http://values.heritage.city

Walkabout: Australian Geographical Magazine, with a photograph by Heather George of St Malo, Sydney, fronted by Burdekin House columns, October 1958. 

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