Homeowners of period properties may have many questions about understanding and caring for their building.

The SPAB aims to help owners of old buildings by providing training, technical advice and publications.

Common questions asked are:

  • How do I know if this crack in my wall is serious?
  • Am I doing the right thing for my period home?
  • I'd like to get a professional in, but I'm worried about being ripped off?
  • Do I really need to install a damp proof course?

For free building conservation advice, telephone the SPAB Technical Advice Line on 0207 456 0916 (Monday - Friday, 09:30 - 12:30).
Books, technical pamphlets and information sheets are available to purchase online.

The SPAB offers training for owners and people who care for pre-1919 properties.
Our courses and events are led by experts and gives period property owners access to the kind of advice and guidance that can be difficult to obtain.

Our courses for homeowners invariably feature lively question and answer sessions and a close look at case studies. They also offer the opportunity to meet like-minded enthusiasts and fellow owners of old and listed buildings whose own experiences and stories provide an inspiring, supportive and very relevant backdrop to the sessions.

THE OLD HOUSE ECO COURSE: In 2013, the SPAB launched a new course for homeowners and professionals on improving the energy efficiency of old houses. Due to the high demand for this course, it ran again at a number of locations in 2014. Led by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt (and coinciding with the publication of their Old House Eco Handbook in association with the SPAB), the course offers practical advice on how to make your historic house energy efficient and low carbon without devaluing the future sustainability or character of the building, with talks, case studies and Q&A sessions led by a panel of building conservation specialists. Download the Course Flyer for more information.                                                                                                    

We are currently working on our programme of courses for 2015.
Interested in finding out more about courses for homeowners?
Email education@spab.org.uk with your name, contact details, location and what topics you are interested in and we will add you to our notification list for future events.

CONTACT US: By email or telephone +44 (0) 207 377 1644.


Courses for Homeowners

Stitching Communities Together Workshop

Price: £75.00 (VAT Exempt)

From Rock to Roof: slate roofing masterclass

Price: £185.00 (VAT Exempt)