2020-21 SPAB Scholar Libby Watts takes us on a sketching tour of her historic village.
Now a major heritage destination as a picturesque ruin, Rievaulx was founded in the 12th century as the first Cistercian monastery in the north of England. We look in our records to review our work in 1908-9 which stabilised the building and prevented collapse in several areas of the structure.
Frederick Duleep Singh (1868-1926), is one the most interesting personalities from the SPAB archives. The younger son of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, Prince ‘Freddie' was a dedicated SPAB member and saved a 15th-century townhouse.
Although we have not historically supported the use of colourless water-repellents on historic masonry, there is a new generation of ‘breathable’ products about which that we're increasingly being asked. This research will add to a wider body of evidence that will inform the SPAB’s position on these products.