Living with Your Old House

Living with Your Old House

An introductory, modular online course (October - November 2021)

Fascinating, some really interesting presentations from some truly knowledgeable professionals - 2019 course participant

13/11/2021 - 13/11/2021
Course Type: 
Courses & Study Day


Introductory, General Interest, CPD
Virtual event: held online
United Kingdom

£85 pp ‘Early Bird’ discount until 31 August

£100 pp 

Event details

Living with Your Old House: an online course 
October - November 2021 

£85 pp ‘Early Bird’ discount until 31 August 2021 
£100 pp 

Fee includes access to live online Q&A panel to conclude the modular course: 
13 November 2021, 10:00 - 11:30

This modular online course will introduce the SPAB Approach to living with your old house - to undertake home renovations and surface redecoration, explore your home’s history or retrofit your building for energy efficiency. 

This introductory-level course will be delivered through a combination of pre-recorded presentations (x6), for you to view in your own time during October - November 2021, and a live online Q&A panel session, led by experts in their fields, to conclude the course on Saturday 13 November 2021. The course will offer advice on building regulations, planning permission and listed building consent, working with professionals, sources for house history research and inspiration for new design extensions or adaptations to your old building. This modular course totals approximately 6 hours of learning. 

‘Living with Your Old House’ will be relevant to those who live in or manage period properties, as well as interested building conservation professionals. CPD certificates will be available on request.  


Topics covered by this introductory course will be: 

  • The SPAB Approach to Living with Your Old House 
  • Exploring your Home’s History: a beginner’s guide  
  • Historic Surfaces: paints and papers  
  • Retrofitting Old Houses for Energy Efficiency  
  • The Legal Framework and Working with Professionals 
  • New Design for Old Houses: extension and adaptation 


“Fascinating, some really interesting presentations from some truly knowledgeable professionals”, 2019 course participant.

The live online Q&A panel will be chaired by Roger Hunt, author and journalist. Roger is co-author of the SPAB publications Old House Handbook, Old House Eco Handbook and New Design for Old Buildings. Roger will also present three pre-recorded lectures. Other speakers include Ellen Leslie, heritage consultant and historian, Phillipa McDonnell, architectural paint researcher and conservator for Lincoln Conservation, and Christina Emerson, SPAB Head of Casework. Phillipa and Christina will join Roger for the live Q&A panel, together with SPAB technical advisor Mary Henn.  


The pre-recorded presentations will be available to view on demand from early October until the end of November. Course delegates are encouraged to view all the presentations before the live Q&A panel session (13 November 2021) and to send their questions in advance to the speakers (information on how to do this will be sent to delegates with the pre-recorded access links). The live Q&A panel session will also be recorded.


IT requirements: Please note that this is an online course and will be held via a webinar platform (Zoom). To participate, all you need is an internet connection and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio. 

Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements. 


Booking Terms & Conditions


The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. The SPAB remains true to its founding principles and is now the oldest and most technically expert building conservation charity in the UK, fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage. The SPAB is a membership organisation and offers training, events and expert advice, as well as publishing a quarterly Magazine, technical pamphlets and advice notes. 


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