Traditionally, built heritage conservation/historic preservation has asked how people can help buildings and places; in this site I invert this mantra to explore how older buildings and places can help people. In this exploration, I continually question how orthodox (commonly accepted) preservation/conservation doctrine serves as a means to empower conventionally trained experts (e.g., architectural historians, archaeologists) with the control of someone else’s heritage while simultaneously disempowering the laypeople to whom this heritage actually belongs.

Thank you for visiting my site. I welcome all comments, suggestions, and critiques.

-Jeremy C. Wells, Ph.D.