The Old House Show

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the first ever Old House Show, in partnership with Period Living, a free event taking place at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich over two days this September. The Old House Show takes place from Friday 7 September to Saturday 8 September 2018 (10am-5pm), and will epitomise everything the SPAB stands for. Focusing on the SPAB approach, and our unique emphasis on independent advice, crafts and education, there will be a full programme of talks, building crafts demonstrations and exhibitors with a conservation focus. The Old House Show is for members and non-members alike – and it’s absolutely free!

Register now!

Register now for the chance to win one of our prizes. The Old House Show is free for all, but registration in advance is essential. When you register, you are also automatically entered into our prize draw and have the chance of winning one of the following prizes.

1st Prize: We are giving two visitors to the Old House Show a free place on one of our popular courses in 2019. You can choose from either our successful homeowner courses or from our newly launched CPD series.

2nd Prize: 5x two tickets to a Conservation Insight Tour of the conservation project at the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College on either 7 or 8 September.

When you register for the Old House Show, you also have the chance to book a discounted place on a Painted Hall Conservation Insight Tour for 7 and 8 September (if you're lucky enough to win one of the free places on the tour, we will give you a refund). 



What's on at the Old House Show

Talks Programme

We have an exciting programme of expert talks planned for Old House Show. The talks will take place in the magnificent historic chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, just above the main Old House Show space. The talks are free to enter and cover a range of conservation topics, from how to deal with damp, manage a building project or to protect against fire in an old building, right through to conservation principles and a careers’ forum. 




Over the weekend we have a fantastic line up of exhibitors from across the sector. 

AABC Register
Between Time Ltd
Cornish Lime Co
Chalk Down Lime
DBR Limited
Historic England
Inkpen Downie Architecture & Design Ltd
James Mackintosh Architects
J & J W Longbottom Limited
Knauf Insulation
Lime Green Products Ltd
Linney Cooper Ltd
Locker & Riley House Detectives
Old House Store
Period Living
Stephen Bull, HBCR
Storm Windows
The Limecrete Company Limited
Triskele Building Conservation
Tudor Roof Tile Co. Limited
Ty Mawr Lime
Wienerberger Heritage Service
Wilson George Restoration


Advice Surgery

Our expert advisers at the Old House Show are on hand to help with all your old building questions. Our Advice Surgery offers impartial guidance without vested commercial interests. We have two types of advice available at the Old House Show. 

Technical Advice
Our technical advisers can help with queries about repairs, defects, materials and construction techniques. They can also give you suggestions for architects, surveyors, builders, engineers and others, such as insurers, to help you with your problem or project. 
Casework Advice
Our casework advisers can help you with questions about the planning and listed building consent process. They can also provide pre-application advice (on alterations and extensions) and give assistance on questions regarding local campaigning. Please note that unfortunately casework advisers cannot provide names of building professionals.

Just drop in!
The Advice Surgery operates on a drop-in basis and the slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Head to the Advice Surgery welcome desk at the Old House Show, our staff will register you for a slot and give you a time. Advice slots are 15 minutes each and are limited to one enquiry.

...or book in advance
There are a limited number of casework advice slots available for pre-booking on both 7 and 8 September. To book a casework advice slot, please call us 020 7377 1644. There are no pre-bookable slots available for technical advice. 

Careers Advice 
Our dedicated careers desk is open on both days from 10.00-13.00 and from 13.00-15.00. No appointments necessary and no need to register for a slot. The morning and afternoon sessions have different focuses:
Friday, 7 September
10.00-12.00: Construction skills, craftsmanship and practical conservation skills
13.00-15.00: Architecture, surveying, engineering, accreditation
Saturday, 8 September
10.00-12.00: Construction skills, craftsmanship and practical conservation skills
13.00-15.00: Legislation, building control and heritage organisations


Building Craft Demonstrations

Over two days we will be showcasing traditional skills such as stone carving, stained glass conservation, metalwork work and more. See demonstrations of the traditional skills that repair and maintain old buildings, and speak to craftspeople about their crafts, materials and tools.

  • Our stonemason will be working with limestone in stone-carving and letter-cutting workshops with plenty of opportunity for hands-on learning

  • Learn about the fantastic material that underpins an enormous amount of building conservation work in our lime demonstrations taking place over two days

  • Try your hand at plastering on to laths or watch our demonstrator carry out decorative plasterwork with running moulds and lime putty

  • See traditional carpentry techniques such as cross-cut sawing and cleaving, or have a go at peg making

  • and many more!


Conservation Insight Tours

The SPAB is teaming up with the Old Royal Naval College Painted Hall Project to offer visitors to the Old House Show four exclusive Conservation Insight Tours to view the conservation work on the ceiling paintings in the Painted Hall up close. Tickets must be booked in advance and are £10 per person (usually £15). You must be registered to attend the Old House Show to book a ticket on a Conservation Insight Tour. See below for booking options:
If you are one of the five winners of tour tickets (everyone who registers for the Old House Show is entered into our prize draw) and you have already booked your place on a tour, we will refund you your ticket.