Association of Archaic Enthusiasts
The Association of Archaic Enthusiasts residing in Sebranice near Litomyšl No. 8 was founded in 2009 as a civic association. The association consists of eight active members and dozens of supporters from among both lay and professional public. The principal body of the Association of Archaic Enthusiasts (AAE) is the General Meeting consisting of all active members of the association. The form of management of the association is based on the statutes of the AAE, with a three-member Managing Board functioning as the statutory body. The supervisory body consists of three members. The activities of the association are focused above all on the maintenance of the traditional procedures of manual agriculture and folk customs, the maintenance and presentation of handicrafts common in the past and the documentation and reconstruction of historical building monuments. The implementation of the project receives professional support from the Institute of Vernacular Cultural Heritage, z.s., which is being formed for this purpose at present and associates experts from various scientific disciplines and institutions.
The Institute of Vernacular Cultural Heritage, z.s. with its background in Toulovec Square in Litomyšl was founded in the summer of 2015 with the aim of ensuring real sustainability of the project The Rescue and Presentation of the Vernacular Cultural Heritage of the Bohemian-Moravian Borderland and to fulfil its objectives. The institute associates experts from the spheres of monument care, architecture, restoration, archaeology and open-air museums. The content of the Institute’s activity is the mapping and documentation of the evidence of vernacular architecture in the Bohemian-Moravian Borderland and its transformations in the course of time, the organisation of professional and public workshops, professional supervision and active involvement in the implemented projects, publishing and presentation activity focused on traditional agriculture, folk crafts and vernacular architecture, etc. The activities of the Institute are important in the local and regional context (reinforcement of the awareness of local vernacular culture, maintenance of the local traditions and craft practice) as well as in the national context (educational, documentary and scientific-research activity).