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.

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The SPAB Shop is currently under construction, we're very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please order from our selection of books using the order form.

Upcoming Events

Course
27/02/2018

Improving energy efficiency in old houses. A half day seminar at SPAB HQ with Marianne Suhr and Roger Hunt, authors of The Old House Handbook and The Old House Eco Handbook.

Course
23/01/2018

Damp is the enemy of old buildings and one of the most frequent issues that the SPAB is asked for advice on. In this session, SPAB’s Technical & Research Director Douglas Kent explains the different forms of damp and the best ways to treat them. Part of our 2018 lunchtime CPD series.

Course
06/02/2018

Emma Lawrence, the SPAB’s Head of Casework, explains the legislation that protects historic buildings and the wider policy framework. Part of our 2018 lunchtime CPD series.

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.