Entries by Richard Mackay

Shudao Cultural Routes, Sichuan, China

Dating from the 4th century BC, ‘Shudao’ is the name of a group of ancient roads leading south from the former Chines capital, Xian, between Shanxi and Sichuan Provinces. The roads were a major engineering feat for their time, traversing challenging montane territory and thousands of kilometres, using cut and flagged stone pavements and extraordinary […]

Getty – Values in Heritage Management Symposium

In February 2017 the Getty Conservation Institute convened a special symposium, at the Getty Center, in Los Angeles,  about values in heritage management, bringing together a diverse range of practitioners from around the world. The symposium looked at emerging trends and different cultural contexts and practices, in light of the previous work of the GCI […]

BIG DIG Archaeology Education Centre turns 50,000!

Late last year, the ‘BIG DIG’ Archaeology Education Centre, at the Sydney Harbour YHA, in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct, welcomed its 50,000th school student! Developed as part of the Sydney Harbour YHA, the BIG DIG site was archaeologically excavated in 1994 (and progressively since), revealing an extraordinary physical record of one of Australia’s earliest colonial […]

Engaging with World Heritage Cities

The second regional conference of the Organisation of World Heritage Cities – Asia Pacific was hosted by the City of Gyeongju, Korea, between 5 and 7 October, under the theme of ‘Heritage and Community’. The Gyeongju Historic Areas property was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000. Delegates to the regional conference were able […]

Mission to Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia

Sambor Prei Kuk, the Ancient City of Ishanapura is currently undergoing assessment and evaluation and will be considered for possible inscription on the World Heritage List at the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, in 2017. Built and occupied in the 6th and 7th Centuries, Sambor Prei Kuk was the capital […]

Angkor’s Away in Old Yangon

Richard Mackay recently presented a public lecture in Yangon for the Association of Myanmar Architects. The well-attended talk outlined arrangements for managing and conserving cultural heritage at Angkor, Cambodia, under the Heritage Management Framework prepared by GML Heritage between 2010 and 2014, under the auspices of the Australian and Cambodian Governments and UNESCO. The presentation […]

Sydney Alumni Magazine

The Semester 1 2016 issue  of the Sydney Alumni Magazine, which is published by the University of Sydney for its graduate community, recently featured a brief article on Richard Mackay. Noting Richard’s role as a cultural heritage adviser to the World Heritage Committee, the article also recorded his long term contribution as co-founder of GML […]

World Heritage Committee Meeting in Istanbul!

The World Heritage Committee suspended its 40th session, commenced in Istanbul in July 2016, following disruptions and concerns arising from an attempted military coup. The Session will now resume in Paris in October 2016. Prior to the suspension the Committee had completed assessment of new nominations to the World Heritage List and consideration of ‘state […]

Making the Greater Blue Mountains Greater

At the end of 2015 Richard Mackay stepped down a Chair of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is jointly appointed by the NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment to provide advice on the protection, management, presentation and celebration of […]

Papua New Guinea and World Heritage

Mackay Strategic has been providing advice to the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority in PNG about possible future nominations to the World Heritage List. PNG is a signatory to the World Heritage Convention and the Government of Australia has been providing support to PNG in fulfilment of its obligations, particularly through the Kokoda Initiative. During […]