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, we will be running it 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. When booking onto the course, delegates can also choose to add a signed copy of the Old House Eco Handbook to their booking for the discounted price of £20 (RRP £30).

Download the Course Flyer for more information.                                                                                                                           

Currently available dates and locations;

COVENTRY - 14 June 2014 - Coventry University
(this event is being organised in conjunction with the Heritage Skills Hub. We would also like to thank the Sustainable Building Futures team at Coventry University for providing the venue)

More dates and locations will be added shortly.

To book a place on a current course, scroll to the bottom of this page and select the relevant option, or download the booking form and return it to the Courses Organiser by email or post to 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY.

FUTURE DATES: Additional courses will be run in 2014. To be notified when these courses open for booking, please email the Courses Organiser with your name, email address, telephone number and region of the country.

Glorious Mud! An Introduction to the Repair of Earth Buildings - 30 April & 1 May 2014 - Slawston, Leicestershire

This two-day event is suitable for homeowners and professionals alike. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on work, the course offers an opportunity to learn about the construction, character and repair of earth-walled buildings in the East Midlands and internationally and will give delegates the chance to gain practical experience through repairing an earth-walled stable block. It is ideal as an introduction to the subject or for those with some experience who want to improve their conservation technique. Click here for more information or to book online.

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


Courses for Homeowners