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Presenter:  Christine Tarbett-Buckley

Date: Nov 13, 2017

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Contact person:  LEBA Research
T: 08 8946 6156

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

“Sustainability and heritage management in the third millennium:

an analysis of heritage practice in the Northern Territory”

This study investigates cultural heritage management at an institutional level in the Northern Territory of Australia. Currently, there are progressive developments in the management of cultural and natural heritage which press it to become a diverse realm of practices. This divergence is managed to preference conservation of natural and cultural entities considered significant through assessment methodologies that determine ‘relative heritage values’. At the same time management regimes must respond to the shifting dynamic in which heritage governance is positioned through new alignments in neoliberalist market driven economies and subsequent distribution of autonomous control. This requires increased reporting on agency performance.

In a comparative case study approach, using mixed methods of enquiry, this study investigates the operability of five heritage management regimes that regulate respective heritage listings in the Northern Territory. The research examines institutional responses, asking how they support effective and sustainable performance, and investigates issues that arise in adapting to changing circumstances influenced by socio-political and environmental changes.  The study also examines reporting mechanisms on performance at an agency level and asks about possibilities for achieving consistent reporting in heritage management at a national level.

Christine Tarbett-Buckley has transitioned to PhD research studies at Charles Darwin University from a position as Head of Collections at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.  Christine specialises in management of the intellectual and physical integrity of museum holdings in art, ethnography, history and science.  In an early career as an archaeologist, Christine has directed multi-period excavations, project managed major research and rescue archaeological projects and ran public programs that enabled interpretation of discoveries as they unfolded.  Christine has lived and worked in the NT since 1991.  This study combines research interests in material culture and in heritage management.

Academic qualifications include a Diploma in Law and Collection Management, Master of Cultural Heritage, Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies and BA Archaeology and Psychology.

Helen Verran (Principal)
Ruth Wallace
Stephen Brown