Felicity WatsonHeritage Advocate
Felicity Watson is a Melbourne-based historian and heritage advocate who has more than 15 years of cultural heritage experience across consultancy, public history, and the not-for-profit sector.
With a multidisciplinary approach across heritage, history, and urban planning, Felicity is passionate about advocating for the protection of places with special value to communities, and promoting the contribution that heritage conservation can make to vibrant, liveable, and sustainable cities. As an advocate, she also actively works to expand professional and public conceptions of heritage to be more relevant and inclusive.
She has an established voice in the media as a spokesperson on heritage and planning issues, and has appeared as a public speaker for a range of industry and public programs including MPavilion and the Australian Heritage Festival. Felicity also delivers guest lectures to postgraduate students at institutions including Melbourne University, Deakin University, and RMIT.
Felicity is currently the Executive Manager of Advocacy at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), and the President of Yarra Pools, a not-for-profit, community-led initiative to reintroduce swimming to the lower reaches of the Yarra Birrarung. She sits on a number of boards and advisory committees, including the Deakin Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies Advisory Board, and the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens World Heritage Site Steering Committee.