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SPAB is alarmed by short-sighted criticism of The National Trust's imaginative and sensitive plans for fire-ravaged Clandon Park, Surrey.
The destruction of an irreplaceable Jacobean ceiling at a former merchant’s house in Bristol ear-marked for development has highlighted a failing in English conservation law. If 15 Small Street, the 17th-century property at the heart of this shocking act of vandalism, was located just 17 miles to the west in Wales it would have been protected.
The demolition of a Grade II-listed cottage at 13 Church Street, Owston Ferry, Doncaster was the result of North Lincolnshire Council’s failure to safeguard the building, reports Britain’s oldest conservation charity, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).
As part of our Working Party at the Lumsdale Valley in Derbyshire (Sunday July 2nd - Friday July 7th) we will be holding a free Faith in Maintenance Course for volunteers who look after places of worship at St Mary's Church, Cromford.
Join us in July for a day of art and architecture when we take to the streets around SPAB's Spitalfields HQ to sketch the city
Nestled at the heart of a steep and densely wooded valley, the Lumsdale Mills, near Matlock in Derbyshire, are a unique time capsule of industrial heritage with structures dating from the 17th century and earlier. In July (Sunday 2nd – Friday 7th) Britain’s oldest heritage body, SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) will take its annual Working Party to the Lumsdale Valley, enabling volunteers from all walks of life to gain hands-on experience of conservation while carrying out essential consolidation and repairs at a unique heritage site.
Sensitive repairs to the iconic Ionic portico at St Pancras Church in London have won the prestigious 2017 SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) John Betjeman Award. St Pancras Church, a striking Greek Revival building of the Regency Era, is famous for its classical 'landmark' caryatids fronting the traffic-choked Euston Road.
This summer we're taking our annual working party to Lumdsdale Mills, a complex, ivy-shrouded site that is a gem of the Industrial Revolution. Join us and get first hand experience of conservation in action under the watchful eye of experts as we carry out sensitive repairs to a historic sleeping beauty, nestled deep in the heart of a densely wooded valley.
Join TV's Marianne Suhr, currently appearing on Channel 4's Restoration of the Year programme, to find out more about the best ways to care for your old building in the 21st century
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) warns that a report to Parliament today urging the Government to take urgent action to insulate 25 million homes by mid-century would set up a time bomb causing severe building defects in older, pre-1919 solid-walled properties and jeopardising the health of their occupants.