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Melissa Marshall

Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers

Contact details: Mel Marshall
Phone: 08 9192 4660
Registered Training Organisation: No
Training provided in: Northern Territory, Western Australia

Training provided

Non-accredited training delivered
  • Management planning - process & key steps
  • Developing conservation and management strategies
  • Site recording and documentation
  • Recording oral history
  • Mapping skills and techniques
  • Principles of cultural heritage management (Burra Charter basics)
  • Legislation
  • Caring for cultural heritage objects and remains
  • Identifying management issues
  • Identifying and recording evidence of threats and deterioration
  • Identifying and describing cultural materials
  • Monitoring cultural places
  • Rock art conservation
  • Using databases to manage cultural information
  • Setting up consultations about heritage with appropriate stakeholders
  • Assessing significance
Other: Ms Marshall would be able to offer training in other CHM areas if required.


Ms Marshall is experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.


Ms Marshall has the following relevant qualifications and experience:

Training experience

Melissa Marshall is a trained archaeologist and GIS specialist who has spent the last 12 years working closely with Indigenous groups across Australia. She specialises in the documentation and assessment of Indigenous archaeological sites (rock art in particular), the recording of oral history and management of cultural heritage sites. She has also trained Indigenous rangers to manage data with geographic information systems (GIS) and databases, such as the Cultural Heritage Management Systems (CSMS) at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Mel played an integral role in the cultural heritage management program within the park for a number of years, training rangers in documentation and conservation assessment techniques, as well as in the use of the CSMS that included the compilation of a training manual to link their physical management activities within the database.

Over the past eight years she has assisted in the delivery of an ethnographic field school based in Oenpelli (Gunbalanya) in western Arnhem Land. This has included working closely with the local Indigenous community to train heritage professionals. In that time she has also worked closely with Indigenous ranger groups in the Kimberley region to document and manage rock art sites, as well as train them to assess conservation and management issues, such as the impacts of tourism on sites.

Mel is currently undertaking research into rock art conservation and management techniques as a PhD candidate with the Australian National University, and working with Indigenous ranger groups in Kakadu National Park, western Arnhem Land and across the Kimberley.

Recent experience

Ms Marshall has delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at June 2013).

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