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For the past three years, WMF has hosted an intern from the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (WHSAD). This summer Stafford Passley, an incoming senior at the school, joined the WMF team for six weeks. We were excited to have him with us, as he helped with numerous time-sensitive projects for various departments. Below is a brief overview of his time at WMF.
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Blog post | August 15, 2011

A Visit to the Magnificent Selby Abbey

I arrived at Selby Abbey on a rainy Sunday morning shortly after a sung Eucharist ceremony had begun. The congregation was small and mostly elderly, but it was nice to see the building being used for its original purpose and not simply as a destination for architecture or history enthusiasts. It is, however, a worthy destination for visitors.
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Blog post | August 09, 2011

An Ancient Church Looks to Secure its Future

A visitor passing through an average small, sleepy village in Lincolnshire usually would be safe in assuming that it is virtually indistinguishable from the county's numerous other small, sleepy villages. If the visitor passed through Stow with this assumption, however, he or she would be wrong and would risk missing St. Mary's Church, an exceptionally significant treasure.
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Blog post | August 02, 2011

Exploring the Churches of Lesvos

This summer, three students in Historic Preservation from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation are conducting a conservation study for Moni Perivolis, a historic convent on the island of Lesvos, Greece, and 11 other churches on the same island that were included in the World Monuments Watch in 2008 and 2010. Below, Alison LaFever describes the field examination of the condition of these other monuments:
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Blog post | July 27, 2011

A Sacred Interior

This summer, three students in Historic Preservation from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation are conducting a conservation study for Moni Perivolis, a historic convent on the island of Lesvos, Greece, and 11 other churches on the same island that were included in the World Monuments Watch in 2008 and 2010.
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Blog post | July 26, 2011

Andahuaylillas Dia Del Patrimonio

The WMF-sponsored conservation work on the church of Andahuaylillas, which is often described as the heart of the neighborhood, acted as a catalyst for a subsidiary project focusing on the development of the community itself.
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The entry to Exton Church, up a narrow lane from the village of Exton, brings you to a small circular driveway within the grounds of Exton Hall, seat of the Earls of Gainsborough. For centuries members of the family have been interred in this church, set in a picturesque landscape.
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Blog post | July 21, 2011

Following the Water

This summer, three students in Historic Preservation from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation are conducting a conservation study for Moni Perivolis, a historic convent on the island of Lesvos, Greece, and 11 other churches on the same island that were included in the World Monuments Watch in 2008 and 2010. Below, Tony Baragona describes the investigation of the movement of water at Moni Perivolis
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When five historic graveyards in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, landed on the 2010 World Monuments Watch, it was a long-needed wake-up call that something had to be done to improve conditions at these decaying historic sites.
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