SPAB Archive

Since its foundation in 1877 the SPAB has created a substantial archive of documents and images relating to the Society and its work. The majority of material in this unique collection was generated through casework and campaigning, but the archive also includes records of awards, projects, legislation, research, grants, education, committees and publicity. These documents illustrate the evolution of conservation policy and practice in this county from the late nineteenth century, which was strongly influenced by the SPAB, and the role of key figures such as William Morris and others closely associated with the Society. The collection is especially relevant to those with a local or professional interest in particular historic buildings or places and how these have changed during the Society’s lifetime.

Researchers are welcome to make an appointment to view archive material at the SPAB’s offices (weekdays, 10.30am to 4.30pm). However, the Society does not have an archivist and all enquiries are dealt with by the education and training team and archive volunteers as promptly as possible. We can carry out basic searches and identify relevant material, but cannot undertake research on an enquirer’s behalf.

Download our notes for researchers here.

If you would like more information about the SPAB archive or would like to make an enquiry, please get in touch.

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From our archive

The first ever Scholarship acceptance letter from David Nye to the Secretary of the SPAB, AR Powys sent on 19 April, 1930. The SPAB’s co-founder, Philip Webb, advocated practical training for young architects, encouraging them to work alongside SPAB architects and craftspeople on repair projects to develop their knowledge and skills.  In 1930 the Committee decided to offer a Scholarship of £60 to support a newly-qualified architect to train with the Society and David Nye was selected.  The SPAB continues to offer this unique training opportunity to building professionals annually. Learn more about the Scholarship and how you can support it.