The Institute was founded on December 23, 1984, and since then operates with the recognition and the financial support of the Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia for the organization of the Summer Seminar of Medieval Architecture – S.E.I.A.M.
In 1993 it obtained the recognition of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Directorate General for Cultural Relations and was is included in its “Youth Exchange” programme.
In 1998, the European Commission, under the Raphael program, choose the S.E.I.A.M among 99 projects for professional exchanges in the field of Cultural Heritage. It was the only Italian project presented and funded.
In 1998, the Institute enters into a bilateral agreement with the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany), Faculty of Prehistory and Archaeology, proposing a six-month course open to archaeology students from European universities, which provides the study of different archaeological excavation methods and participation in an archaeological excavation on site, under the supervision and direction of the archaeological Survey of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
In 2002 the University of Berlin (Germany) officially entrusted the teaching appointment for the course of medieval archaeology at the Institute’s Director Roberto Raccanello.
From 2001 to 2004 the Institute is credited among the Cultural Bodies of Relevant Interest in the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
In 2002 was signed a second bilateral agreement with the Gediminas Technical University of Vilnius (Lithuania), Faculty of Architecture, for the creation of an annual course of measurement, analysis and graphic reconstruction of historical monuments to the state of ruin open to architecture students.
In 2007 started the collaboration with the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg (Germany) with regard to educational archaeological excavations, open to students of the Faculty of History and Archaeology for the course of consolidation and safeguarding of the archaeological finds.
On July 25, 2007 after 25 years of research and reconstruction, with the blessing of the St. James church, the Cucagna castle was opened for the first time to cultural events of all kinds. This milestone was achieved with the help of hundreds of volunteers, both local and foreign.
In 2008, thanks to the contribution of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg (Germany) opened the archaeological restoration laboratory based in Stremiz di Faedis.
New partnerships were initiated in 2014 with Yvonne Knevels, professor at the University of Hasselt (Belgium) and the SuPerAlberi company, specialised in arboriculture.