Leave a gift


"Why the SPAB? The SPAB is about buildings, but people made the buildings we care for, people love them, people look after them now and hope to pass them on to those who come after"
- John Sell, legacy pledge

You can give old buildings a future. Leaving a gift in your Will to the SPAB is a powerful way to ensure that our work can continue.

Since 1877, the SPAB has fought for the protection of historic buildings. Today we uphold the principles established by William Morris, continuing his campaign for the care and repair of old buildings. Legacies have always been vital to our work. Demands for the SPAB’s help and support are ever-increasing. To meet them we rely on the assistance of those passionate about the charity’s aims and ideals.

Thousands of old buildings, from the simplest to the grandest, have benefited from our help. The value we place on so many different types of buildings stands us apart from others. We care about the cottage, barn, parish church and mill along with cathedrals, palaces and stately homes. By respecting a building’s history and fabric we aim to protect the very special qualities that give it a timeless beauty and enrich our cultural identity.

As public funding declines and demands on limited resources increase, gifts in Wills are more important than ever to the SPAB. Bequests from our generous supporters vary from year to year, but regularly contribute around a quarter of our income. Whatever their size, they really do make a significant impact on our work. 


Providing us with notice of a legacy in your will is extremely helpful, allowing us to plan with confidence. If you wish to share your intentions with us, please fill in this form. Your information will be kept entirely confidential.


We recommend that you use a solicitor to write or update your will. If you decide to remember the SPAB please include our full charity name, address and charity number to ensure that your gift goes to the right place: The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) of 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY, registered charity 111 3753. The SPAB is a member of Remember a Charity and the National Free Wills Network. Both organisations can help you to find a local, qualified solicitor to help you write a Will, as well as provide access to discounted or free will writing services. 


The Millwright Fellowship and the repairs at Kibworth Hardcourt mill have both been made possible by gifts in wills

If you would like to speak to us about leaving a gift please contact Kate Streeter in the development team: email / direct line: 02074560917

The SPAB is a proud member of Remember a Charity. They have teamed up with Co-op to offer SPAB supporters 20% off will writing services

To find out more and discover just what an impact Gifts in Wills have made please download our leaflet

The SPAB is a member of the National Free Wills Network and so able to offer a free will writing service to supporters


Cecily Greenhill was the SPAB's archivist for many years and left a generous legacy to the Society when she died in 2012.


John Sell joined the SPAB in 1974. He has been a Trustee for many years and served as the Chairman during the 1990s.


Roger Mears, architect and former SPAB Guardian on his enduring involvement with SPAB.