AiP Upcoming Adventures
Searching for an experience that combines exciting travel opportunities with learning new skills AND supporting a community initiative? Look no further! Our heritage preservation volunteer projects offer you a compelling combination of travel, education and adventure, topped with a healthy dose of cultural and architectural heritage conservation. Come, get your hands on history with Adventures in Preservation.
REVITALIZE GYUMRI THROUGH HERITAGE TOURISM
Museum and Preserve
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake in Gyumri, when 25,000 people died, 140,000 were injured and 16,000 rescued from collapsed buildings.
Today the community’s population and economic health are in decline and rebuilding skills scarce. Few organizations have invested efforts into capacity building for Armenian nationals. Join AiP and community members to revitalize Gyumri through heritage tourism.
REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2019
Join us in Armenia in 2020!
Dates coming soon.
ENHANCE ARCHAEOLOGY & PRESERVATION WITH 3D TECHNOLOGY
Archeology Site at Fairfield Plantation
Gloucester, Virginia - USA
Learn the latest 3D technology as you help The Fairfield Foundation with archaeology and preservation fieldwork.
Experience the thrill of using innovative technologies to re-discover history at Fairfield Plantation. Continue exciting work to create a three-dimensional model of the plantation using tools from trowels to drones.
Fairfield was home to one of Virginia’s magnificent manor houses, once surrounded by 7,000 acres of tobacco fields and forestland at the heart of Gloucester County, just north of Williamsburg. You can join the community effort to uncover and digitally record, recreate, and reimagine the historic landscape at Fairfield Plantation.
August 11 – 17, 2019
PRESERVE THE GHOSTS OF GRASSHOPPER CREEK
Bannack Ghost Town
Dillon, Montana - USA
Learn specialized preservation treatments to help sustain Montana’s built heritage and uncover valuable historical archaeology.
A flash flood tore through Bannack, Montana in 2015. Rushing water damaged many of the sixty historic buildings still standing in this 1862 gold rush ghost town. Work began immediately to address problems in order to save a remarkable remnant of the old west. Jammers (AiP volunteers) will have the opportunity to learn from specialists with expertise in both preservation and archaeology.
REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2019
Join us in Montana in 2020!
Dates coming soon.
DUNANS BRIDGE AND CASTLE CONSERVATION
Scotland - UK
Learn hands-on skills as you join this bridge and castle conservation project and help save the historic bridge and other structures on the grounds of Dunans castle.
Conservation at Dunans is underway thanks to a high-energy group of AiP jammers. September volunteers were superstars, completing major repairs on both the historic stone steps and upper bridge walls.
This is only the beginning for this valuable joint venture in the beautiful western highlands of Scotland.
Sept. 15-21, 2019
BRING BEAUTY & UTILITY BACK TO BURGIE GREENHOUSE
Moray, Scotland - UK
With conservation of the central greenhouse almost complete, it’s time to save the historic east wing, suffering from serious structural decay.
This very special project combines eco-conservation with building preservation. Travel to the north of Scotland and the heart of Speyside Whisky country to the ancient Burgie Estate, home of the Burgie Arboretum, whose unique purpose is to help Scotland's trees and forests become resilient against climate change. Key to this mission is the historic Burgie Glasshouse, an enormous timber greenhouse of the Edwardian period. The glasshouse is essential to the great environmental work of the Burgie Arboretum, but it is desperately in need of repair. AiP Jammers and volunteers restored part of the greenhouse in 2017, but the work continues.
On this unique adventure to the north of Scotland, you will have a part in saving a historic building, while at the same time safeguarding Scotland's trees and forests.
Sept 30 – October 6, 2019
October 6-12, 2019
HANDS-ON AT NEWBOLD ORNAMENTAL HOTHOUSE
Forres, Scotland - UK
A rare glass conservatory in beautiful northern Scotland needs your help! The Newbold Trust and Adventures in Preservation have formed a partnership to take on conservation of this Victorian ornamental glass “hothouse” built by the renowned MacKenzie & Moncur. The glasshouse is attached to the elegantly styled Newbold House constructed in the 1890s.
During this historic preservation experience, AiP team members will build on the skills we learned while repairing and re-glazing the nearby Burgie glasshouse, where conservation work began in 2017.
New 2020 dates coming soon
AiP Developing Preservation Projects
As anyone working with historic building conservation knows, preservation can be a long process. AiP often spends two or three years working with project partners to lay the groundwork for our hands-on preservation sessions and get ready to welcome you, the jammers. Building your support and securing funding are the most critical, while we also foster community involvement and prepare the project site.
Here are projects we are working on and hope to offer them to you soon.
BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY THROUGH HERITAGE TOURISM
AiP began our efforts in Gyumri, Armenia in 2011. We have a long and valued relationship with our onsite partner, Armena Hovsepyan, and continue to support his critically needed projects. With our current level of funding, AiP jammers have helped with documentation of damaged historic buildings and conservation of original doors and windows at the Mariam and Yeranuhi Aslamazyan Gallery.
Although our work has received accolades from local officials and gained attention at the national level, we continue to strive to make a greater impact on the extensive needs of Gyumri and surrounding rural communities. The focus must be on creating jobs that provide a sustainable income.
Our goal is to find funding that allows us to set up a summer field school providing hands-on experience for university students. Project objectives include:
Preserve and renovate damaged historic houses for use as B&Bs
Provide sustainable incomes for project beneficiaries through heritage tourism
Create successful business stories to serve as a model for other residents
The field school curriculum will include:
And more as the need arises.
Contact AiP with any creative ideas you would like to share about funding or about involving your university. Gyumri’s economy continues to struggle as residents leave by the hundreds due to lack of any source of income. The time to act is now!
ARCHAEOLOGY + PRESERVATION UNEARTHS & SAVES GHANA’S HISTORY
We are sad to report that AiP’s project under development in Ghana has been cancelled. Local interests have decided to allow developers to begin their project on the site immediately. This eliminates the option to first carry out archaeology + preservation.
AiP is disappointed that we won’t be able to uncover and save remnants of Ghana’s past. Our local partner, Sam Baddoo, is once again searching for a site that needs assistance from AiP and our jammers. You’ll be the first to know if we find something.
Nominate a Project
All AiP projects begin with suggestions from people like you.
We are operating near capacity with our current project load, so are being very selective as we look for new projects.
We welcome your requests regarding important historic buildings in need of conservation. Please provide as much information as possible about your building and proposed project as you fill in the form below.
In developing projects, we give priority to sites that:
Have historical significance to the community or country in which they are located
Need the assistance of volunteers to lower the cost of preservation work, which otherwise may not be able to proceed
Contribute to community sustainability
Provide a use after completion that benefits the community
Offer a valuable training experience.
We will review all project nominations and notify you that review is underway.