The SPAB provides a variety of technical services and resources for members and the general public.
Comments about our Technical Advice Line
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Telephone Technical Enquiries
The Society runs a Technical Advice Line where members of the public are able to discuss their technical queries in person over the phone with a member of our technical staff. The line is open from Monday to Thursday between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm on the following numbers::
Monday to Thursday between 9:30 - 12:30 on 020 7456 0916
Please note that the SPAB is a small charity with a limited number of staff and funding and the advice line is manned by only one member of staff on any given morning. Therefore, opening hours can vary and the line can at times become busy. Please be patient and keep trying. You may also find the information you need here on the website or published in one of our publications and we advise that you explore these routes first (see below for details). We are, unfortunately, unable to respond to technical enquiries by letter or email.
The Society produces a range of highly regarded advisory publications on subjects such as the control of damp in old buildings, repointing stone and brick walling, timber bellframes and the care and repair of old floors. Please visit our bookshop
for a comprehensive list of titles.
Each year the Society runs an extensive programme of courses for building professionals, homeowners and the interested lay person. Our well-established weekend course for homeowners
is held at various locations across the country whilst our more in-depth six-day Repair Course
offers lectures and visits for professionals, contractors and conservation officers. We also run one-day technical courses
at venues across the country and half-day technical afternoons
at our London headquarters (all suitable for CPD).
An ongoing series, published here on the website, dealing with frequently asked technical questions on old buildings.
Change of Use
Guidance when considering a conversion.
An advice leaflet for people thinking of buying an old property.
Technical and philosophical statements on church extensions, masonry paint and telecommunications installations on churches.