Information on Episode 4 : The Repair Course

Welcome to this SPAB podcast about our course on the Repair of Old Buildings.

The 6 day course is an introduction to building conservation, and in particular how the Society’s philosophy of ‘conservative repair’ can be put into practice. There is no equivalent course in the UK.

Aimed at building professionals, the course attracts members from a wide background  – architects join building craftsmen while staff from bodies like the National Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund learn alongside conservation officers. Some are new to conservation. Others come in mid career.

The London-based course is a mixture of lectures on subjects such lime, timber repair, and plastering, interspersed with visits to historic buildings under repair. A highlight is the two day tour to different regions to see a range of contrasting projects on site.

All those who lecture on the course are highly experienced building professionals, most of them responsible for some of the finest historic buildings in the country. They know first hand what they are talking about.

Run for just under 60 years, the course remains highly rated. Dame Liz Forgan, former chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, described it as the best course she’d ever been on.

Both the Spring and Autumn courses are highly popular (and also very good value compared with some professional courses), so we advise everyone to book early.