About Us

GML Heritage is one of Australia’s most respected heritage consultancies, and winner of the 2021 and 2020 Consult Australia Client Choice Awards for Best Heritage Consulting Firm. 

GML Heritage opened in 1989, pioneering bold new approaches to thinking about heritage. It’s something we remain true to today. Looking beyond the obvious, we shape heritage futures through clever, independent thinking, trusted advice, and powerful solutions for projects from planning to completion.

We collaborate with clients across the public, private, corporate and not-for-profit sectors to generate fresh perspectives for all heritage matters. With our archive of experience in heritage, today we thrive on collaborating to expand our thinking and yours. We understand that insight, analysis and creative thinking, combined with pragmatic and sensible advice, generates the best outcomes for even the most challenging projects.

GML Heritage and Context

GML Heritage and Context, Melbourne, formally merged in October 2017. The merger of two of Australia’s foremost heritage consultancies was a natural progression. We have shared values and a commitment to shaping the future of heritage.

With an expanded team of consultants we bring together a deep archive of experience and knowledge across cultural heritage. We provide our clients with fresh insight and thinking for today’s planning, development and heritage projects across Australia.

Contact GML Heritage in Sydney and Canberra and Context in Melbourne.

Our Values

Carefully considering and understanding the meanings and values associated with the past is at the heart of our business. We applied that same rigour to identifying our organisational values.

Our values are what we stand for. They shape our future by guiding the work we do, how we relate to our clients and each other and how we make decisions.

We care deeply about heritage, communities and the environment.  We feel privileged to do our work and take our responsibility as heritage champions seriously. We are committed to truth-telling and engaging with First Nations peoples. We are dedicated to understanding the values and meanings of historic places and the special attachments people have. We believe the past helps us to understand ourselves and offers all communities a richer experience of life.

We are a business with a heart. Real relationships are the foundation of us. We are collaborative and collegial and the better for it. We believe communication works best when it’s inclusive and when we feel free to exchange ideas. Conserving, commemorating, and celebrating places for current and future generations really matters to us.

We recognise there are many experiences of history and we value the diversity of people’s lived experience. We know that we might have different ideas, but we work together to find positive heritage solutions. We encourage staff to think for themselves, be approachable and remain open to difference. We listen and care about what people tell us because it makes us better at work and life.

We value knowledge because it invigorates us and makes us grow. We share our knowledge generously, with each other and with our community. We are genuinely curious about the past. We persevere to discover, recover and reimagine history, heritage and culture. We expect and encourage our staff to keep extending the boundaries of their knowledge because it helps them navigate the world’s complexity and offer relevant and meaningful advice.

We are determined to retain our independence and legacy as trusted advisors. We draw on our deep experience and expertise to offer courageous advice. We are always trying to deliver something which is greater than the sum of its parts—beyond the here and now.

Lifelong Learning at GML and Context

At GML and Context, lifelong learning is something we value.  We think there is always something new to discover about ourselves, our work and our world. We are committed to providing a continuous improvement program that not only helps our people master working life at GML and Context, but also engages them in industry theory and practice and helps them maintain their wellbeing. Our people learn from their colleagues and external speakers about new research, contemporary industry issues, use of software programs, self-care and wellbeing, contract reviews and Work Health and Safety.

Governance

We acknowledge our responsibilities under the Corporations Act 2001, and to our shareholders, employees, clients, suppliers, community and other stakeholders.

Incorporated in 1989, today GML Heritage is part of a group of companies that are largely employee owned. The companies are governed by separate boards comprised of non-executive and executive directors.  Each board is led by a non-executive chairperson.

The boards are strategic in focus and lead the company’s vision to provide influential and creative services that re-shape the future of heritage. Implementation of the vision is the responsibility of the CEO and the executive management team across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Memberships and Panels

We are pre-approved to sit on several procurement panels, simplifying the engagement process for many government agencies. Contact us to find out if we are pre-approved in your department.

GML is a proud member of Consult Australia and the Committee for Sydney. We have corporate memberships with the National Trust in NSW, Vic and ACT, the Climate Heritage Network and AusHeritage. Our consultants are registered architects, certified practising planners, professional historians and members of professional heritage and archaeology associations.