York Archaeology Department to Train United States National Park Service Employees

Posted on 27 January 2016

New partnership formed for conservation of historic structures in severe marine environments

The Department of Archaeology’s Centre for Conservation Studies has entered a new partnership with the United States National Park Service and the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana to develop a series of training workshops for conservation of historic structures in severe marine environments, using the threatened Cockspur Island Lighthouse, Georgia, as a training site. 

Led by York PhD researcher, Stephen Hartley, these workshops, in masonry and timber conservation and one on historic finishes, will be conducted throughout the year according to tidal and weather conditions.

As a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, Fort Pulaski National Monument has selected Cockspur Island Lighthouse to serve as its “centennial project”, placing a renewed effort in saving the structure for future generations. To achieve this goal, the park has formed at partnership with the University of York’s Centre for Conservation Studies, in conjunction the with Architecture Department at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana to update the Historic Structure Report  on the site, as well as lead several hands-on workshops for maintenance staff of regional parks who are facing similar issues at their sites.

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