The SPAB Old House Show announces two day talks programme

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With two months until its first major exhibition, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has announced its full speaker line up for The Old House Show.

Taking place at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich over two days, Friday 7 to Saturday 8 September, The Old House Show is for homeowners, professionals, building enthusiasts and craft lovers – and is absolutely free.   

Loyd Grossman, a heritage champion and member of the SPAB, will deliver the keynote speech on Friday 7 September. The entrepreneur, writer and broadcaster will be discussing Why Heritage Matters. The talks programme includes contributions from the SPAB, as well as Historic England, National Trust, City & Guilds of London Art School, and a number of senior architects and consultants working in the heritage industry.

The SPAB’s director Matthew Slocombe opens the first morning of the show, setting the scene with William Morris and the SPAB Approach to Historic Buildings. Speakers will be discussing a range of themes, including World Heritage: Conservation at the Old Royal Naval College; craft skills; conservation practice; buildings archaeology; legislation and building control; New Designs for Old Buildings; and Retrofitting Old Buildings for Energy Efficiency: Key Principles; to name but a few.



FRIDAY, 7 September 2018

10.45-11.15 William Morris and conservation: The SPAB Approach to historic buildings
Matthew Slocombe, director, The SPAB

11.30-12.15 Keynote speech: Why heritage matters    
Loyd Grossman, entrepreneur, writer and broadcaster    

12.30-13.00 Dealing with damp: Diagnosis and treatment
Douglas Kent, technical and research director, The SPAB

13.15-13.45 Working with world heritage: Conservation at the Old Royal Naval College    
Martin Ashley, partner and senior conservation architect, Martin Ashley Architects

14.00-14.30 Retrofitting old buildings for energy efficiency: Key principles
Jonathan Garlick, technical officer, the SPAB

14.45-15.15 New design for old buildings - The SPAB Approach
Iain Boyd, chair, the SPAB

15.30-16.30 Getting started and moving on in conservation: Careers and professional development forum with an expert panel


SATURDAY, 8 September 2018

10.30-11.00 Maintenance matters: The routine care of old buildings, spotting and tackling common problems
James Innerdale, architect and historic buildings consultant

11.15-11.45 Exploring your home's history
Ellen Leslie, heritage consultant and historian

12.00-13.00 Living with your old building: Forum with an expert panel

13.10-13.40 ‘The stateliest procession of buildings we possess’: A building and conservation History of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Will Palin, conservation director, Old Royal Naval College

14.00-14.30 William Morris and Arts & Crafts Style
Helen Elletson, curator, The William Morris Society

14.45-15.15 Historic surfaces
Speaker TBC

15.30-16.00 Fire protection for historic homes
Charles Harris, national fire advisor, Historic England

16.15-16.45 New design for old homes: Extension and adaptation
Roger Hunt, author and journalist


Matthew Slocombe, director, the SPAB said: “We have been inspired by the overwhelming interest in The Old House Show and are delighted to announce our Old House Show talks programme. The event is free to attend and together with a full exhibition, craft demonstrations and advice clinics, I would encourage anyone wishing to attend the event to register on our website as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out." 

“We anticipate a busy two days with professionals and the public enjoying the breadth and depth that the SPAB’s first full-scale show has to offer.”

Register for The Old House Show on the SPAB’s website and put the dates in your diary now. For up-to-date information about The Old House Show, visit our Facebook page, our website or follow us on Twitter.

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