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SPAB’S 2017 Scholars hit the conservation trail There is no parallel in the architectural conservation world to the annual SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) Lethaby Scholarship. The four newest recruits to this long established training scheme for young architectural and building professionals now join a roster of talented individuals, many of whom care for the most significant buildings in Britain. Kristian Foster, 33, architect, Aoife Murphy, 31, structural engineer and Lilian Main, 26, architect have embarked on a prestigious nine-month programme of site, workshop and studio visits across the UK. The aim is for SPAB’s Scholars to gain hands-on experience of building conservation in action guided by experts in the field and to use this knowledge to inform their own approach in their working lives. Their travels will enable them to meet fellow architects, building specialists and craftspeople working in traditional ways. The
SPAB’S WILLIAM MORRIS CRAFT FELLOWS 2017 Stonemason Gregor Alcorn, 28, stained glass conservator Jack Clare, 26, carpenter Dale Perrin, 25 and plasterer Paul Walters, 34 are the latest recruits to a unique educational scheme designed to nurture and develop the hands-on skills needed to care for old buildings. Chosen as the 2017 William Morris Craft Fellows, the talented group has now begun the countrywide conservation ‘grand tour’. Since 1987 the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) has organised the Fellowship to foster a new generation of outstanding craftspeople with the knowledge and expertise to pass on essential skills for working with historic materials. The prestigious scheme runs in parallel to the SPAB’s Scholarship programme for architectural / building professionals. The aim is for the Fellows to gain broad, practical experience and knowledge to enable them to bring a strong awareness of craft diversity to their future professional roles. The Fellowship also equips them with the skills necessary to lead and manage historic building contracts, while deepening their understanding of the importance of gentle repair - the keystone of the SPAB approach.
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.
Join us in York this spring to learn how to repair and care for solid wall, pre-1919 buildings and retrofit them for energy efficiency - whether your home is listed or unlisted, a timber framed medieval cottage. Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian.
Old floors are beautiful, marked by the passage of time and worn by the feet of centuries of visitors and inhabitants, they provide a very real and tangible link wth the past. But too often their value and contribution to the interest, beauty and historic value of a building are overlooked. The key event of SPAB's year-log campaign to raise the profile of historic floors is this one-day seminar in Manchester in November.
This autumn our annual National Maintenance Week (Friday November 18th - Friday November 25th) will focus on damp. We'll be showing property owners that taking simple. informed steps to tackle the problem can potentially save £££'s!
People across the country are plucking up the courage to bake bread, new artisan bakeries are popping up on high streets and The Great British Bake-Off has just featured a week dedicated to bread - real bread has never been more in the public eye! What better time to launch Crop to Crust II, a conference focusing on the bread food chain?
As part of our summer 2016 campaign to encourage increased awareness of the importance and vulnerability of old floors we've made a short, sweet video.
Britain's oldest heritage charity believes that floors are the 'downtrodden' Cinderella of building conservation. Throughout the summer and autumn of 2016 we want the public to look at what's underfoot when visiting old and interesting buildings in the UK and to share what they find on social media.