Helen Cooke

Helen was an Assistant Manager in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Heritage Unit and the Australian Heritage Commission, before managing the South Australian Aboriginal Heritage Unit for eight years from 1995. Currently Helen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Australian National University, a member of the Professional Historian's Association, an Associate Member of Australia ICOMOS, and an Affiliate Member of the Australian Council of Consulting Archaeologists.

Helen's passion is to promote archaeology to the wider public so she has been President of the Canberra Archaeological Society (CAS) twice, in the 1990s and currently. She initiated and managed the organisation of heritage workshops through CAS, developing these into an annual Australian Capital Territory (ACT) & Region Heritage Partnership Symposium from 2012.      

Helen's experience in cultural heritage surveys and archaeological projects on Indigenous and historic places includes significance assessment. Through working in heritage administration and in the private sector she has 360o views of interpreting reports and records from cultural heritage surveys and maintaining registers of significant places and objects.

In a former life Helen was a counsellor. Helen's counselling skill has aided her work with community groups and members in understanding what is significant to their heritage. She is grateful for the education she continues to receive from the Indigenous peoples of the ACT, South Australia, and far north Queensland.

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Helen on-site with archaeological samples and friend