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The Gendered Landscapes project was initiated by the Cultural Heritage Branch of the former National Parks & Wildlife Service in 2002. It was designed in response to a perceived dominance of the male experience in previous cultural heritage management and interpretation, which often concentrated on extractive industries such as mining and forestry; coastal activities such as navigation, defence and whaling; and the processes and products of rural activities such as pastoralism and agriculture, all of which superficially excluded women. It is clear that women and men bring unique experiences to places and landscapes and that their perceptions are inherently gendered. However women have barely had a voice in the presentation and interpretation of heritage places on NPWS estate.

The Gendered Landscapes project explored three major research themes:

  • Conceptualising the landscape
  • Managing the landscape
  • Presenting the landscape

The first stage of the project completed in 2003 saw the commissioning of two background reports into women and landscape.

Following on from this research, and in order to disseminate and build on its findings, the Department created a travelling exhibition which showcased the diversity of women's experiences in the NSW landscape. The exhibition format was designed to have broad geographic coverage and be of interest to a wide audience. Making a place for herself: Women's experiences of landscape and national parks toured extensively across NSW between 2005 and 2008.

Page last updated: 26 February 2011