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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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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.

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

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Lecture
02/03/2024

Join us for a day of online talks about problems and how they have been solved both in windmills and watermills.

Event
27/03/2024

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of this Grade II* ‘building at risk’, our biggest repair project to date.

Event
11/04/2024

The details in old buildings are full of clues. Join this Dorset Group webinar and learn how to identify them and understand their significance.

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.