TV’s Marianne Suhr presents a two-day course for homeowners and those who work with older buildings on property care, repair and energy efficiency

DATE:  Saturday and Sunday, May 6th & 7th , 2017

VENUE:   Kings Manor York

PRICE:  £290 (Vat exempt)

"A superb introductory course which stimulated thought and demonstrated how ideas apply to your own property"

"Thank you to all of you. An exceptionally interesting, informative and well-presented course"

"This was a fantastic course, very relevant.  I left totally enthused!"

Join TV's Marianne Suhr, currently appearing on Channel 4 programme ‘Restoration of the Year’, at SPAB's weekend course in historic York (May) to find out more about the best ways to care for your old building in the 21st Century.

The course, held at Kings Manor, will provide essential information on repairs and maintenance, and will explore how improvements can be made to the thermal performance of windows, roofs and floors. It is designed for those who care for an old building, those thinking about taking on a major renovation project, professionals who work with old homes. and those who are simply interested in old buildings and the best ways to look after them.

Delegates will learn how to make homes comfortable and sustainable for 21st century living without harming the building fabric or character. Course themes will include:

  • Understanding traditional building materials and diagnosing problems
  • Dealing with damp
  • Timber decay - dealing with dry rot, wet rot, woodworm and death watch beetle
  • An introduction to traditional lime-based materials
  • Understanding movement in older buildings - is that crack serious?
  • An introduction to making your building sustainable
  • Heating, powering and networking your home
  • The SPAB Conservation Approach

With opportunities to ask the experts questions spaced throughout the course, the weekend is also an excellent chance to meet and learn from other owners who may be facing similar home repair challenges.

Led by Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt, authors of Old House Handbook and Old House Eco Handbook, the two days will be relevant primarily for owners of period properties (pre-1919), but also for professionals who may need to brief their clients on improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The information will be suitable to all types of buildings constructed before 1919 - medieval and timber-framed, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian and detached or terraced properties.

Copies of Old House Handbook (RRP £25) and Old House Eco Handbook (RRP £30) will be available to purchase at reduced rates, and discounted SPAB membership will also be offered to those who join during the course weekend.

Our Venue: The King's Manor is one of historic York's most attractive and unusual sites. This group of largely Grade-I medieval buildings was originally the Abbot's House of St Mary's Abbey, and later served the Tudors and Stuarts as a seat of government, becoming residences in the 18th century and a school in the 19th. It is now a part of the University of York.

For booking information go to: www.spab.org.uk/education-training/

If you have any questions about this course, or any of the Society's events, please contact the Education and Training team on 020 7377 1644 or education@spab.org.uk

Media enquires to SPAB Communications team. Kate Griffin 0207 456 0905 kate@spab.org.uk / Alison McClary 0207 456 0908 alison@spab.org.uk

Notes to editors

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by William Morris 138 years ago to care for and preserve the UK’s architectural heritage. Since its foundation, SPAB has been committed to maintenance matters, in line with William Morris’ exhortation to: “Stave off decay by daily care.”  Today it is a dynamic organisation, and registered charity (no. 231307), taking building conservation into the future.  To find out more visit www.spab.org.uk