Education & Training

Training has always been an important part of the Society's work. The dates of all forthcoming courses are listed on the Events page.
We offer training, guidance and advice in a number of different ways:

For owners of old houses, we run courses of illustrated lectures, case studies and question/answer sessions.

For people professionally involved with historic buildings (architects, surveyors, engineers, planners, builders, contractors, craftspeople etc.) we can offer:

  • Repair of Old Buildings Course: an introduction to the SPAB conservation approach
    A five day course of lectures and site visits, held in the spring and autumn of each year.
    This course is recognised by the IHBC for CPD and the RIBA for Advanced CPD.

  • SPAB/RICS Conservation Summer School for building surveyors at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.  A four day course of lectures, site visits and practical, drawing and writing workshops.  This year's Summer School will take place 4-8 September 2016. Bookings will be administered by the RICS. Visit the RICS website for more information. 

  • Conserving Historic Buildings: masterclasses presented by the SPAB and Historic Royal Palaces
    Our partnership with Historic Royal Palaces continues as we present hands-on training in the repair of historic brickwork and finishes.
  • Other Masterclasses that combine lectures and hands-on training to provide insight into traditional buildings and repair techniques.  

  • Seminars for anyone interested in learning more about a variety of topics - ideal for Continuing Professional Development.
  • Bespoke Courses tailor-made to meet the training needs of individual organisations.
  • The annual Summer Working Party is a chance for volunteers to gain hands-on experience working alongside expert tutors on a building in need of repair.

The Philip Webb Award is an annual competition for architectural students at UK Schools of Architecture.

Thanks to some funding from City & Guilds, the SPAB are able to offer free sessions on working in building conservation to colleges. These sessions are delivered by former SPAB Fellows, who use their own experience to give an introduction to working on traditional buildings and advice on developing a career in this area. Our Fellows come from a range of backgrounds and include plasterers, lead workers, stonemasons, timber framers/joiners, carpenters, bricklayers, roofers and more. If you are interested in arranging a session for your college, please contact or 020 7377 1644 (option 7) for more information.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England, the SPAB ran two projects aimed at supporting volunteers who care for places of worship; the Faith in Maintenance project and its successor, the Maintenance Co-operatives Project. Please visit the Faith in Maintenance pages for more details of what the original project involved. We are still able to offer our award-winning Faith in Maintenance courses as a bespoke course, please contact if you are interested in having a course organised for your area.

Email us or telephone +44 (0) 207 377 1644 for more information about SPAB Education and Training.