Study Historic Preservation and Conservation in Italy

Postponed until summer 2022 - June 6 through August 12*

* Because of the continuing high infection rate of the COVID-19 pandemic, SGPS is cancelling programs for summer 2021. We are monitoring guidelines from both the US and Italian governments, as well as consulting with our academic colleagues and partners. IIRPS and SGPS are fully committed to the safety and health of our participants.  

If you are interested in participating in our programs in 2022, we recommend you contact us in November 2021. We will also be updating this message as the situation evolves.

San Gemini Preservation Studies is a summer field school, now in its 21st year, that organizes lectures, research, fieldwork, workshops and field trips in the disciplines of historic preservation, restoration and conservation. It is located in Central Italy in the city of San Gemini. We are now accepting applications for this summer.

These courses focus on the study of: historic buildings preservation, traditional forms of painting, conservation of archaeological ceramics, the restoration of books and paper in archival material. The various field projects include: documentation and restoration of medieval public buildings in San Gemini, the archaeological excavation in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae, as well as conservation work on the local historic archives.

The SGPS program is a collaboration between scholars from various universities and local preservation groups, fostering a multidisciplinary approach to historic preservation. All academic activities are held in English.

In recent years, there have been some major developments for our SGPS program. An academic relationship has been established with West Virginia University that offers our students the opportunity to apply for and receive credits through the WVU Art History Department. Also, in 2018, a significant 3-year cooperation agreement has been signed with the Office of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage for the Abruzzo Region to study and conserve archaeological objects held in their museums, as well as a collaboration with the Historic Archives of the Dioceses of Terni for SGPS participants to study and conserve archival documents.