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Contributed By: San Gemini Preservation Studies Program
Email The Author: pwithers@sg-preserv.org

We are now accepting applications for our summer 2018 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program. 

Now in its 20th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and restoration. 

Session One (May 28 – June 22):
  • Building Restoration – Touching the Stones
    Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching & Analyzing Historic Buildings (Program includes lectures and restoration field projects*)
  • Archaeological Ceramics Restoration
    Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy
    (Program includes lectures and restoration workshop)
  • Book Bindings Restoration
    The Craft of Making and Restoring Book BindingsIntroduction to the Conservation of Books and Bindings(Program includes lectures and practical workshop) 
Session Two (July 9 - August 3):
  • Paper Restoration
    Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
    (Program includes lectures and restoration workshop)
  • Traditional Painting Techniques
    Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues
    (Program includes lectures and painting workshop)
  • Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy
    Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues
    (Program includes lectures and discussion)
  • NEW RESEARCH PROJECT: Carsulae Roman Baths Excavation Project
    Architectural & Structural Survey of the Site
    (Program includes research and surveying field work*) 

  • *Field Projects:
    Restoration of the façade of the medieval church of San Carlo (13th century)
    Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city
    Architectural and structural survey of the baths in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae 
Short Inter-Session Program: 
  • Preservation Field Trip – Italy (June 24 – July 3)
    A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers. 
To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English. 

If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization's website as an available educational resource. 

We have a 2018 flyer that you may wish to post on your department notice board or forward to interested parties. You can print this from our website. Please let us know if you have any problem printing and we can email you the PDF. 

Thank you very much. 

Best wishes,
Polly Withers
Admissions and Recruiting
San Gemini Preservation Studies Program


Posted: December 1, 2017
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