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The SPAB and a number of leading heritage organisations, including the National Trust and the STBA, sent a letter to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy, highlighting their concerns that energy efficiency policy and practice are flawed in their application to traditional buildings.
Every year in November SPAB, Britain's oldest heritage body, promotes National Maintenance Week, a reminder to everyone who owns or cares for a building, regardless of its age or purpose, that before winter bites the time is right to take some simple remedial steps to keep property sound and dry.
SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) welcomes the inclusion of Kibworth Harcourt Windmill in Leicestershire on Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ register and hopes that this might prove to be the catalyst for positive steps forward in this important, but fragile building’s story. Dating back to the 1700s or possibly even earlier, this is an outstanding example of a type of windmill known as a post mill. Surveys and monitoring of the building, carried out by SPAB, have shown that significant problems now exist with the structure hence its inclusion on the ‘At Risk’ register. In fact, SPAB suggested to Historic England that the mill should be mentioned hoping that through this publicity, support and donations might be generated for essential repairs.
SPAB is delighted to see Anthony Goode shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Historic England Angel Awards. Supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the annual awards celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups across the country that have devoted their time and energy to bringing irreplaceable historic places back to life. Anthony is a SPAB stalwart. Over many years, has shared his expertise and experience with our Scholars and Fellows and as a valued member of the Society's Technical Panel. He has been shortlisted in the category Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project for his work on the dovecote at Barholm Old Hall, Lincolnshire.
SPAB is alarmed by short-sighted criticism of The National Trust's imaginative and sensitive plans for fire-ravaged Clandon Park, Surrey.
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.