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Old Houses for the Future weekend course (York)

Price: £290.00 (VAT Exempt) Delivery: £0.00

A weekend course on care, repair and energy efficiency

Join the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) 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 Houses for the Future weekend course

DATE: 6 - 7 May 2017

VENUE: King's Manor, York, YO1 7EP

TIME: 09:30 - 17:30

FEE: £290 pp
The fee includes lunch and refreshments on both days.
Please read the SPAB Refunds, Transfers & Cancellations Policy for this course before processing your booking.

TARGET AUDIENCE: home owners; managers and staff of period properties; building conservation professionals; construction professionals; general interest; introductory.

Feedback from delegates of the last weekend course:

"A superb introductory course which stimulates thought and how ideas apply to own property"

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

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

Roger Hunt
Marianne Suhr

Presented by Roger Hunt and Marianne Suhr - authors of Old House Handbook and Old House Eco Handbook - and guest speakers, this course is for those who plan, or are working with clients, to undertake a major renovation, those who simply want to maintain their period home, or those generally interested in the care and repair of old buildings.

This course will provide essential information on how the structure of a building can be repaired and maintained, and will explore how improvements can be made to the thermal performance of windows, roofs and floors. You will learn how to make your home comfortable and sustainable for 21st century living without harming the building fabric or character. The course themes will include:

  • The SPAB Conservation Approach
  • 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

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

For more information, download the PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME - this may be subject to change.

The course will take place at the King’s Manor – one of York’s most attractive and unusual historical sites. Originally the Abbot's House of St Mary's Abbey, the King's Manor served the Tudors and Stuarts as a seat of government, becoming residences in the 18th century and a school in the 19th. Now home to the University of York, hidden in the heart of York city centre, the King's Manor is a Grade I listed building. The Manor’s grounds back on to the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.   

King’s Manor is located in Exhibition Square which is a short walk from York city centre and the railway station.

BOOK ONLINE by clicking on the 'Add to basket' button in the upper right corner of your screen or download the BOOKING FORM to be completed and returned with payment to: SPAB, 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY.

When booking online, please provide the full delegate name. Please also let us know if the delegate has any special dietary or access requirements.

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

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