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Post-quake heritage lecture

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In conjunction with the 2012 Canterbury Heritage Awards, a public lecture will be held by international heritage expert Jim Gard’ner, on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

Jim Gard’ner is the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria, Chair of the World Heritage Steering Committee for the Victorian State Government, member of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee Group of Officials and the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand, and is a judge in the Canterbury Heritage Awards 2012.

Jim’s past roles have included Conservation Manager at National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Historic Buildings Architect at English Heritage and as an architect in various New Zealand and UK practices.

During the lecture ‘Finding a Future for Christchurch’s Post-quake Heritage’, Jim will explore the questions of how to reuse heritage places and retain heritage values in the context of post-earthquake Christchurch.

“While heritage can mean a multitude of things to different individuals and communities there are common themes that can be drawn across cultures and borders. Jim will look at some of the ways Christchurch can recognise, celebrate and revitalise its heritage, both tangible and intangible. He will illustrate examples of where heritage buildings have been key to the civic regeneration and compare contrasting approaches to post disaster reconstruction.

The role of contextual design in the fractured context of Christchurch’s city centre will be addressed as he poses the question how do we create the heritage of tomorrow that respects the values of the past” added Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust Chair, Anna Crighton.

Winners of the 2012 Canterbury Heritage Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 13 September 2012. The ceremony will also acknowledge the significant heritage buildings that have been lost as a result of the 2010/2011 earthquakes – ‘Lost Christchurch – In Memoriam’.

The lecture, sponsored by The Warren Trust, will run from 5.30 to 7.30pm at the Helen Kitson Function Centre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. A limited number of tickets are available for the lecture and the awards ceremony. For more information visit www.heritageawards.co.nz.
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