Past Finalists 2017
Dr Ian MacLeod, Heritage Conservation Solutions
Dr Ian MacLeod has made an important contribution to the preservation of WA's material cultural heritage over the course of a remarkable career. In 2016, when Ian officially retired after 38 years with the Western Australian Museum, he received the museum’s highest honour, that of Fellow of the Western Australian Museum.
Ian has an outstanding international reputation in the field of metals conservation, and made a significant contribution to the Museum, particularly in the fields of shipwreck conservation and the preservation of Aboriginal rock art. His pioneering work on in-situ corrosion surveys of wrecks has been adopted as the world's best practice. His research on the conservation of Aboriginal rock art in WA has led to new conservation management practices.
Before leaving the WA Museum, Dr MacLeod was involved in the initial work of assessing the conservation requirement of the fire-ravaged Yarloop Railway Workshop Museum and has since been closely engaged with professional staff from the State Heritage Office to develop conservation management plans for the devastated site.
Trish Parker, Heritage Officer and Historian
Trish Parker has promoted heritage in regional WA for 20 years in a wide array of voluntary and professional roles. Trish is passionate about telling stories about local heritage in ways that engage the community through print, signage, museum interpretation, oral histories, audio visual presentations and social media.
Her skills development is significant because it has been hard won from making the most of any learning opportunity. Trish's contribution to WA heritage is being showcased in the current Shire of Irwin’s Oral History Project. This project, now in its third year, innovatively shares the history of the regions through collected oral histories, audio visual presentations and live interviews.