Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The NHT is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the built heritage of our province since 1966. Key activities of the NHT include the annual Southcott Awards for Built Heritage Preservation, and the operation of a provincial historic site called the Newman Wine Vaults, located at Springdale and Water Streets in St. John’s.
The Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers, committed to the Trust’s mandate of preservation. The Board usually holds in-person meetings one evening per month. Teleconference attendance can be arranged for prospective members located elsewhere in the province. The NHT will hold an election of officers at the upcoming Annual General Meeting at the end of November.
If you are interested in joining this committee, please submit your resume by 4:30 pm, Friday, October 24th, 2008 for consideration:
Newfoundland Historic Trust • PO Box 2403 • St. John's, NL • A1C 6E7
tel 709-739-7870 • fax 709-739-5413 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org • www.historictrust.com
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Yesterday, I recieved by post a copy of "Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland: the Way Forward", a summary of a report prepared by Alison McCleary, Alistair McCleary, Linda Gunn and David Hill of Napier University, based on research commissioned by Museums Galleries Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Arts Council and the Scotland Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO.
The report identifies practical steps to be taken in order to safeguard and promote the richness and diversity of Scotland’s cultural practices and living traditions. It came at a perfect time, as HFNL is working on preparing a booklet entitled "What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?" - a first step in a similar direction.
Click here for the full report(439 KB pdf) or summary report (9,935 KB pdf).
The press release on the launch of the report can be found here.
The report summary, beautifully illustrated, gives an overview of Intangible Cultural Heritage in general, and how it relates to Scotland, as well as sections on collecting and managing ICH data, and safeguarding ICH. It recommends four next steps in conserving ICH in Scotland:
The summary also includes two small case studies, one on the "Up-Helly-Aa" festivals in Shetland (shown in the picture above), and one on collecting ICH on the island of Linsmore, on the west coast of Scotland.
Interesting and exciting stuff, with some good recommendations!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is a not for profit, registered charitable organization which represents and supports museums and people associated with them.
The Professional Development Co-ordinator (PDC) is responsible for planning, organizing, delivery, controlling and evaluating the professional development activities and programme for the members of the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition, the Coordinator will supervise and administer MANL's annual projects with the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and the Museums Assistance Program (MAP). The PDC works with the Professional Development Committee and under the general direction of the Executive Director to fulfill the professional development goals of the Board of Directors of MANL.
Duties and responsibilities
Deadline for applications: September 25th 2008, 4:00 pm
Applications may be forwarded to:
Human Resources Committee
Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
PO Box 5785 St. John's, NL
tel. 709-722-9034 fax. 709-722-9035
MANL thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those
selected for an interview will be contacted.
Monday, September 15, 2008
A conversation with the grandson of one of Newfoundland's legendary furniture makers.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, Henry William Winter, an ambitious self-taught furniture maker in Clarke's Beach, Conception Bay, mass-produced furniture using simple hand tools and a few primitive machines. These included a foot-powered jig saw, a foot-operated lathe and a larger lathe designed to be driven manually or powered by a dog. His home stands today, beautifully restored by his family, as a Registered Heritage Structure.
On October 4th, Newfoundland furniture expert Walter Peddle will introduce us to the work of Henry William Winter. Then, folklorist and storyteller Dale Jarvis will chat with Bill Winter about his grandfather’s life and legacy.
2:00 to 3:00
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The Rooms, 9 Bonaventure Avenue
Space is limited for the Saturday Session.
Please register before September 26 by calling 757-8090.
The Winter Home, Clarke's Beach
Conception Bay Furniture Maker
Facebook event page here.
Event possible with generous assistance from the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
~Intangible Cultural Heritage Workshop Series ~
Friday, Sept 12, 2008
12:30pm – 2:30 pm
Room 249, College of the North Atlantic
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
This Friday, I'll be giving a two hour workshop at the College of the North Atlantic, to discuss what Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) is all about! I'll be talking about oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social events, traditional beliefs and knowledge, and the skills used in all sorts of traditional activites. Come have a say and join in a conversation about what ICH means in Labrador.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Living off the edge of the earth, the way of the water meant survival for peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador. With their hands, heart and handmade tools, they built boats to fish so that they could feed their families, travel and make their way from the land’s rocky shores. With crooked trees, ingenuity and hope, they build the boats that built the country of Newfoundland.
Over the past half a century, the necessity and practice of these skills has declined. The sun has set on the lives of most of the men who practiced the craft with such expertise that today’s naval architects marvel at their skill. As their sons become seniors, we are in danger of losing these skills forever.
But now new life is breathing in the old ways. Established in 2008, the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the legacy of our wooden boat building traditions by celebrating the past and passing on the strengths of the skills to younger generations.
The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador is working to spark new hope for the keystone of our heritage by bringing together traditional wooden boat builders, model wooden boat builders and wooden boat enthusiasts, and those who see wooden boat building as a symbol of the strength and fortitude of Newfoundland and Labrador. By becoming a Member of the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador, you will help continue the legacy.
The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting a Conference on November 1st and its first Annual General Meeting on November 2nd. Persons interested in attending either, or both of these events, or to become a Member, are asked to inquire by telephone at either (709) 583-2055 or (709) 583-2070, or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum website: http://www.woodenboat.ca/
Friday, September 5, 2008
Doors Open is a unique opportunity for the citizens and visitors of Newfoundland and Labrador to celebrate our architecture and heritage through the exploration of some of our hidden historical, architectural and cultural gems. Buildings that are normally closed to the public or charge an entrance fee welcome visitors to look around for free.
Doors Open began in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990 under the cooperation of the Scottish Civic Trust. A year later it was launched as a Council of Europe initiative. In 1998, 19 million people had visited 28,000 sites throughout Europe making it the world's biggest festival of the built environment.
This year, Doors Open St. John's is heading into its 6th year with its largest event to date! 28 sites are participating including some of our most popular sites and 11 new sites. As part of the event this year, several site will showcase and give visitors opportunities to take part in intangible cultural heritage activities. Some of these include: