• The SPAB Approach

    The care and repair of old buildings
     

  • John Betjeman Award

    Celebrating excellence in the repair of places of worship

  • We advise, we educate, we campaign

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.

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The SPAB Shop is currently under construction, we're very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please order from our selection of books using the order form.

Upcoming Events

Lecture
13/02/2019

A wonderful chance to hear Professor Axel Klausmeier speak about his experiences of conserving this most interesting of modern city features. Axel is the undisputed expert on the history of the wall, and has been working for many years to ensure it's rightful place in the city is understood

Course
05/03/2019

Discover how to identify the causes of mould and timber decay in old buildings and how to control their impact. Part of our 2019 lunchtime CPD series.

Lecture
07/03/2019

Ruskin was an early advocate for vernacular buildings - not least for the local associations and hereditary skills they embody in their materials and construction. Peter Burman explores this aspect of Ruskin’s thought and its influence.

Campaigns

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.

 

Mills

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.