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"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.

William Morris left us the SPAB as his legacy. We hope that you will join us in continuing the important work he started. By leaving a legacy you can help protect old buildings for future generations.


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

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. You can find a local, qualified solicitor to help you write a Will on Remember A Charity’s website.

If you would like to speak to us about legacies please contact Kate Streeter in the development team: kate.streeter@spab.org.uk / 07776201484


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.