Falmouth Field School

Falmouth Field School

Louis Nelson founded the UVA Falmouth Field School in Historic Preservation, a month-long program held each summer in the coastal town of Falmouth, Jamaica. While his interest in the Caribbean began in colonial Anglican churches, his most recent work has focused on post-Emancipation domestic architecture. Working together with archaeologists, Nelson is interested in using buildings to explore Afro-Caribbean culture through the transition from slavery to freedom. In 2007, The Falmouth Field School received a $10,000 grant from Falmouth Heritage Renewal and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to partially fund 10 graduate students’ work in Falmouth. Through the Field School, students learn a variety of skills, from the conservation of historic brick masonry and timber framing, to recording threatened buildings through detailed measured drawings, to learning how to read the historic fabric of a building.

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