Press Release Archive

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
The SPAB Response to the Comprehensive Spending Review Announcement. Matthew Slocombe, Director of the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) said: Although the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) has been better than feared overall, the real story for the historic environment is still gloomy. In his statement, the Chancellor acknowledged that supporting heritage was “one of the best investments we can make as a nation’. Nevertheless, though the overall cut for Culture, Media and Sport was 5%, the true impact on Historic England seems likely to be a funding reduction of 10% or more.
A visually stunning and carefully considered scheme for the Philip Webb-designed Standen in East Grinstead is the judges' choice for the 2015 Philip Webb Award. The winning entry of the SPAB's (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) Philip Webb Award 2015 is a beautifully executed and highly appropriate proposal for the stableyard and barn at Grade I- listed Standen in East Grinstead by Holly Spilsbury, a Manchester School of Architecture Masters student. Each year, SPAB's Philip Webb Award encourages and celebrates new design in the context of historic buildings. The award was re-launched in 2015 to mark the centenary of the death of SPAB co-founder Philip Webb. The SPAB's Philip Webb Centenary partnership with the National Trust enabled it to offer the stableyard and barn café at Webb's iconic country house, Standen, as a live case study on which entrants could base their scheme if they wished. Entrants could also create a scheme based on a site of their own choosing.