The Vision, Mission and Values of our current strategy indicate ways in which the Society should pursue its aims.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) believes 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. Through our unique training schemes, courses, advice and research we help people put our expertise into practice.
Founded by William Morris in 1877, the SPAB was established in response to the work of Victorian architects whose enthusiasm for harmful restoration caused irreparable damage. Today the SPAB encourages excellence in new design to enrich and complement the built historic environment. We train new generations of architectural professionals and building craftspeople to shape this landscape with sensitivity and skill, and we play a statutory role as adviser to local planning authorities. In our casework we campaign actively to protect old buildings at risk.
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Members of the SPAB living and working in Scotland decided to form their own semi-autonomous group in 1995.
The SPAB has been active in Wales from its very early days and we are committed to raising the profile of its built heritage.
In early 2017 a group of Irish SPAB Scholars and Fellows joined together to form SPAB Ireland.
Textile designer William Morris and architect Philip Webb established the SPAB, along with others, in 1877.
The history of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
The SPAB presents a range of annual awards celebrating outstanding achievement in aspects of the care and repair of old buildings.