About us

The 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.

SPAB: hands on history. Join today to support our positive, practical approach to building conservation.

The SPAB Manifesto of 1877 continues to guide the Society's overall purpose and sets out a distinctive approach

The Manifesto of the SPAB was written by William Morris, Philip Webb and other founder members in 1877.

The staff and teams at the SPAB. Includes SPAB Scotland and Mills Section details.

The Guardians' Committee is responsible for upholding the ethos and traditions of the SPAB.