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The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

We believe old buildings have a future. From cottages to castles and from churches to cathedrals we are here to help buildings and the people who care for them. Based on years of experience and research we understand how old buildings work.

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Become a member

Join today to support our positive, practical approach to building conservation. As a member you become part of a network of like-minded people who care for historic buildings. Other benefits include The SPAB Magazine, access to the Property List and the opportunity to join your local Regional Group.

Scholarship & Fellowship

Education programmes for architects, surveyors, engineers and craftspeople to further their 'hands-on' understanding of historic building conservation.

 

 

SPAB Careers

Found out more about volunteering and job opportunities at the SPAB.

 

Upcoming Events

Course
15/09/2022

This one-day course, presented by SPAB in association with the National Trust, will introduce the different forms of lime available and explore its uses, such as pointing, plastering and lime washing.

Event
12/10/2022

The popular STBA / SPAB annual conference returns in-person this autumn for a full day of presentations and Q&A sessions by UK experts in the field. This year we are partnering with SPAB Scotland to host the conference in Edinburgh.

Course
17/10/2022

This popular short course has been delivered by the SPAB since the 1950s. Run over five days, it delivers an intensive programme of lectures and site visits and is presented by leading building conservation professionals. The SPAB approach of conservative repair and maintenance - established by

Campaigns

Your campaign

If you’re worried about a deteriorating building in your local area, want to contest a planning application, build your own local campaign or set up a building preservation trust then the The SPAB Campaign Toolkit can offer guidance.

 

Mills

Technical advice

All old buildings need regular care and maintenance in order to prevent serious disrepair. Windmills and watermills are by their nature exposed to wear from wind and water in addition to facing problems common to historic buildings.

The SPAB Mills Section has put together a suite of resources and guidance tailored to those caring for old windmills and watermills.

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Become a Mills Section member

The SPAB’s Mills Section is the only Society concerned solely with protecting and promoting traditional windmills and watermills in the UK. The Section provides advice and training to mill owners and heritage professionals, and campaigns for the protection of milling heritage. Join the Section now to support its work and receive a range of membership benefits.