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Cultural Heritage Skills Workshop

Matthew Higgins, senior curator, National Museum of Australia, spoke at the Cultural Heritage Skills Workshop held in the Victorian high country in March 2010.

The workshop was organised through the Australian Alps Liaison Committee (Cultural Heritage Working Group). It was held for staff from across the Australian Alps National Parks of the ACT, NSW and Victoria, and for members of volunteer community groups. Presenters gave papers on theoretical aspects of cultural heritage conservation and then there were practical sessions at two huts on the Bogong High Plains (Cope Hut and Wallaces Hut), and a hands-on session with traditional timber-working tools.

Matthew was an after dinner speaker and spoke about Rugged Beyond Imagination, and also screened his high country film High Stakes. The course was attended by about forty park rangers, volunteers from the Kosciuszko Huts Association and the Victorian High Country Huts Association, and others.

Workshop participants discuss conservation issues at Cope Hut, built in 1929 on the Bogong High Plains.
Workshop participants discuss conservation issues at Cope Hut, built in 1929 on the Bogong High Plains. Photo: Matthew Higgins.
At Wallaces Hut, built in 1889 and the oldest hut in Alpine National Park.
At Wallaces Hut, built in 1889 and the oldest hut in Alpine National Park. Photo: Matthew Higgins.
Stuart Garner trimming slabs with a broadaxe. Many mountain huts were hand built from timber slabs.
Stuart Garner trimming slabs with a broadaxe. Many mountain huts were hand built from timber slabs. Photo: Matthew Higgins.
Uwe Petersohn splitting roof shingles.
Uwe Petersohn splitting roof shingles. Photo: Matthew Higgins.