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    Repairing a 'sleeping beauty' building in Kent

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

We believe 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. Based on years of experience and research we understand how old buildings work.


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Become a member

Join today to support our positive, practical approach to building conservation. As a member you become part of a network of like-minded people who care for historic buildings. Other benefits include The SPAB Magazine, access to the Property List and the opportunity to join your local Regional Group.

Scholarship & Fellowship

Education programmes for architects, surveyors, engineers and craftspeople to further their 'hands-on' understanding of historic building conservation.



SPAB Careers

Found out more about volunteering and job opportunities at the SPAB.


Upcoming Events


A pre-recorded session from the STBA SPAB 2021 conference. This virtual conference brought together UK experts in the field to present on key issues affecting the traditional built environment, and tools that can help provide potential solutions.


Join our Dorset Group for a teatime Zoom talk on bricks and mortar, led by historic building consultant, Kevin Stubbs.


Historic graffiti at Kibworth Harcourt windmill, Leicestershire.

As the SPAB carries out repairs, this fascinating building is giving up its secrets. Watch this recorded online presentation to discover more about the graffiti found at the mill and what it can tell us about its history.


Your campaign

If you’re worried about a deteriorating building in your local area, want to contest a planning application, build your own local campaign or set up a building preservation trust then the The SPAB Campaign Toolkit can offer guidance.



Technical advice

All old buildings need regular care and maintenance in order to prevent serious disrepair. Windmills and watermills are by their nature exposed to wear from wind and water in addition to facing problems common to historic buildings.

The SPAB Mills Section has put together a suite of resources and guidance tailored to those caring for old windmills and watermills.

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Become a Mills Section member

The SPAB’s Mills Section is the only Society concerned solely with protecting and promoting traditional windmills and watermills in the UK. The Section provides advice and training to mill owners and heritage professionals, and campaigns for the protection of milling heritage. Join the Section now to support its work and receive a range of membership benefits.