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Tasmanian Heritage Council

The Tasmanian Heritage Council is charged with looking after Tasmania's historic heritage. The Heritage Council seeks to do this by entering places on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.  The Heritage Council works with property owners, communities, developers and local government to celebrate Tasmania's rich and diverse historic heritage; and supports the sustainable use and development of these places so that they may be enjoyed by current and future generations. 

The Tasmanian Council of Churches is represented on the Heritage Council by one of our Anglican delegates, the Reverend Roger Hesketh. Mr Hesketh serves on both the Heritage Council and the Heritage Council's Works Committee.  His appointment to the Heritage Council is until the end of 2024.

Heritage Council Publications

The Heritage Council has prepared a series of Practice Notes to guide property owners in their handling of property of historical significance.  The Practice Notes can be found HERE.  Below are links to four Practice Notes and a couple of heritage property owner's publications that will be of interest to Member Churches of the TCC and the general public.  The Heritage Council's website has a dedicated page to Managing and Adapting Places of Worship which contains links to a number of helpful publications, including those below, as well as information which will assist churches managing their heritage properties more generally. 

Tasmanian Heritage Council

St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Evandale, Tasmania.  Evandale is where the Tasmanian Council of Churches first met on 27 April 1946.

St Andrew's Uniting Church, Evandale.jpg

Also below is a link to the Heritage Council's Works Guidelines for Historic Heritage Places.

Download Managing Historic Places of Worship, April 2019.pdf (Size: 5.88 MB)

Download Insuring a Heritage Property 2018.pdf (Size: 405.03 KB)

Download Disposing of Religious Properties and associated matters, November 2014.pdf (Size: 85.65 KB)

Download Stained Glass, November 2014.pdf (Size: 94.58 KB)

Download Cemeteries, November 2014.pdf (Size: 374.37 KB)

Download Heritage Property Owners Fact sheet.pdf (Size: 1.22 MB)

Download Works Guidelines for Historic Heritage Places_Nov2015.pdf (Size: 2.06 MB)

Guidance on Conservation Plans & Strategies

Download Researching Historic Heritage Places 2018.pdf (Size: 340.69 KB)

Western Australia's Heritage Council has informative guides on preparing conservation plans and strategies.  They may be downloaded by using the following links.

Download W.A.-Guide-to-conservation-management-plans.pdf (Size: 306.5 KB)

Download W.A.-Guide-to-Conservation-Management-Strategy-2019.pdf (Size: 242.1 KB)

Guidance on Storage & Conservation of Historic Artefacts

The Western Australian Museum’s Collections Care Manual is an online resource developed for smaller organisations and private collectors. It has a series of 12 instructional videos and an updated version of the bestselling book Conservation and Care of Collections which provides information on general conservation techniques.

This resource acts as a practical guideline. You are advised to always contact a professional conservator when dealing with objects of particular concern.

New Work in Worship Centres

English Heritage produced these guidance notes for churches, which may be of interest to those planning changes:

Download New Work in Places of Worship, March 2012 [English Heritage].pdf (Size: 1.67 MB)