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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.
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!