What does it take to build a community?
  • Monday 14 October 2019
bankfoot house symposium

Buildings help to tell the story of our cultural heritage and our growth as a community over time. From homes and schools to community halls, our built heritage can reveal a lot about our past, a topic that will be discussed in detail at the Built Heritage Symposium on November 1.

If you’re fascinated by built heritage or curious to find out more, come along to this free event and hear from renowned heritage professionals as they discuss the concept of Built Heritage.

The talk will take you on a journey from Palaces for the People and social infrastructure, to Australia’s extraordinary giant fibreglass constructions, such as the Sunshine Coast’s famous Big Pineapple. The notion of high-end architecture versus social representation will be discussed, questioning what part of the built environment becomes significant to preserve as heritage.

What better place to hold the symposium than the oldest surviving residence in the Glass House Mountains, Bankfoot House, which represents the life of Sunshine Coast pioneers.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Amy Clarke, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Dr Craig Barrett, Historian and Built Heritage Specialist from Converge
  • Ben Gall, Managing Director of Australian Heritage Specialists
  • Niles Elvery and Phil Manning, Queensland State Archives.

The Friends of Bankfoot House will also speak about the development of the region.

Guided tours of Bankfoot House will be available after the symposium.

Event details:

Built Heritage Symposium

When: Friday, November 1, 10am – 2pm

Where: Mary Grigor Centre, Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct, 1998 Old Gympie Rd, Glass House Mountains.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential: 5420 8600 or culturalheritage@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. RVSP with dietary needs.

The spring exhibition ‘Building Communities’ is currently on display at Bankfoot House. Explore the development of the Glass House district through the strong community links established by the families of Bankfoot House with the construction of local halls in and around the region.

The exhibition will be on display until November 24.