Press Release Archive

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 SPAB was delighted to receive a number of well-presented and thought-provoking entries for this year's Philip Webb Award. Joint firt prize winners are Bethan Watson and Cristiano Lamarque.
Sensitive conservation work to a unique 15th-century staircase at St Michael & All Angels at Bishop's Cleeve in Gloucestershire has won the prestigious 2016 SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) John Betjeman Award. The unusual English oak staircase is a remarkable piece of medieval engineering and is one of the Grade I listed church's most-loved features.
SPAB Director, Matthew Slocombe, recently published a letter in The Guardian (online) about the recreation of Palmyra's Triumphal Arch in Trafalgar Square. The 1,800-year-old arch was destroyed by Islamic State militants last October and the 6-metre (20ft) model, made in Italy from Egyptian marble by Oxford's Institute for Digital Archaeology, stood in Trafalgar Square from 19-21 April 2016.
Triona Byrne, 25, structural engineer, Declan Cahill, 25, building surveyor and Gethin Harvey, 28, architect have embarked on a prestigious nine-month programme of site, workshop and studio visits across the UK.
Stonemason Thom Evans, 32, stained glass conservator Lizzy Hippisley-Cox, 28, stonemason Heather Griffith, 30 and slater/roughcaster Peter McCluskey, 28 are the latest recruits to a unique educational scheme designed to nurture and develop the hands-on skills needed to care for old buildings.
National Mills Weekend 2016 will take place over the weekend 14th / 15th May, when hundreds of windmills and watermills across the UK will open their doors to visitors. This year the theme is vintage power.
If you own or care for an older building, SPAB's (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) one day Old House Eco Course is a must! With rising energy bills and the wish to cut carbon emissions high on many people's personal agenda, the need for sustainable, energy efficient buildings is increasingly urgent. However, finding the right information and answers can be difficult.
The SPAB welcomes The National Trust's encouraging plans for fire-ravaged Clandon Park