Learning

Learning

Training, sharing knowledge and helping people to develop their practical skills have always been at the heart of the SPAB's work. Our renowned Scholarship and Fellowship schemes and new Millwrighting apprenticeship continue the practice established by the SPAB’s co-founder, architect Philip Webb, of training building specialists and craftspeople on site. We also offer a varied annual programme of short courses, conservation masterclasses, hands-on workshops, seminars and lectures for those who work with and care about old buildings. In addition, our bespoke options can bring SPAB training to your venue. Our resources for young people and careers advice can help you get started, and our annual Working Party offers a unique opportunity to learn alongside experts while gaining practical on-site experience.

We deliver hands-on workshops, masterclasses, seminars, lectures and short courses across the UK and overseas each year.

Since 1930 the SPAB’s Lethaby Scholarship has offered an unrivalled training opportunity to architects, surveyors and structural engineers in the early stages of their career.

This unique annual scheme is designed to broaden the skills and experience of craftspeople who work with old buildings.

The Working Parties offer a uniquely practical opportunity to learn from some of the country's leading craftspeople in a relaxed setting at a building in need of repair.

The SPAB aims to inspire young people to appreciate old buildings and to perhaps even become the building conservation professionals of the future.

Considering a career in building conservation? Find out what jobs you could do and how to get started in the sector.

To counter a decline in traditional millwrighting skills, the Mills Section is working on setting up a Millwrighting Training Academy. 

The SPAB keeps a substantial archive of documents and images relating to the Society and its work since its foundation in 1877.

In addition to its annual course programme, the SPAB offers a range of bespoke courses on key conservation topics.