The Repair of Old Buildings Course

The Repair of Old Buildings Course (RC1 22)

An introduction to the SPAB approach to the repair of historic buildings

09/05/2022 - 13/05/2022
Course Type: 
Repair of Old Buildings Course
Introductory, CPD
Museum of the Home (formerly Geffrye museum)
Kingsland Road,
United Kingdom
Required Equipment: 

Steel toe cap boots


£885 per person 

Event details

9-13 May 2022, London

£885 Full Fee per person

£385 Deposit option now closed. Please note that outstanding balances are due by 11 April 2022.



This popular short course has been presented by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings since the 1950s. Run over five days, this course delivers an intensive programme of lectures and visits to building repair projects. It runs twice a year - in the spring and the autumn.

Presented by leading building conservation professionals, the Repair Course considers British and international approaches to the conservation of old buildings.  The SPAB philosophy of repair and maintenance - established by William Morris in 1877 - underpins the course programme of case studies, presentations and site visits.



The course welcomes students and professionals interested in deepening their understanding of old buildings, and who may be interested in developing work in this area.

Past delegates on this course have included:


Architectural Technologists;


Building Surveyors;

Buildings Archaeologists;

Conservation Officers and Planners;

Craftsmen and women;

Project Officers and Managers;

Structural Engineers and others.


Not sure if the course is suitable for you? Contact us at, and we will be happy to give you a steer.



Please contact us before booking a place to discuss any special access requirements:



The Repair Course offers a five day programme of lectures and site visits. The course delivers three days (Monday, Tuesday and Friday) of presentations by practicing building conservation professionals and SPAB staff. The first day focuses on approach, with lectures on conservation philosophy, legislation, traditional construction methods and materials and structural appraisals. Day two looks at practical repairs to different materials in more depth, including brickwork and stonework, timber, and lime. The final day of the course looks at the finishing touches; inserting and maintaining services, windows and glass, and plasterwork. Delegates are provided access to four pre-recorded lectures to view before the course, including Metalwork, Historic Paints and Wallpapers, Roofs and Dealing with Damp in Old Buildings. Speakers draw on their own practical experience and use case studies to illustrate their points.

From churches to stately homes and historical gems, two days of the course (Wednesday and Thursday) are dedicated to visiting buildings under repair in London and surrounding areas. Previous visits have included the Tower of London, Bletchley Park, Ely Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Winchester Cathedral and Wilton's Music Hall. These visits are a key part of the course, allowing delegates to see how the principles discussed in the lectures are applied, or not, in the real world.

Importantly, the course provides an opportunity to meet like-minded professionals to share information and experiences with. There is plenty of time for questions and discussion as part of the programme.

Accommodation and meals are not included within the course fee. Refreshments will be available during lecture days and lunch will be provided on site visit days. 


A provisional programme can be seen below. Please note that this is subject to change:

MONDAY, 9 MAY 2022
Course Registration and Introductions

Lecture Session 1
Refreshment break
Lecture Session 2
Break for lunch
Lecture Session 3
Refreshment break
Lecture Session 4
TUESDAY, 10 MAY 2022
Lecture Session 5
Refreshment break
Lecture Session 6
Break for lunch
Lecture Session 7
Refreshment break
Lecture Session 8
Site Visit De-brief
Meet at site (venue to be confirmed. Travel arrangements will be made by the SPAB.)
Site Visit 1
Packed Lunch (provided)
Site Visit 2
Meet at site (venue to be confirmed. Travel arrangements will be made by the SPAB.)
Site Visit 3
Packed Lunch (provided)
Site Visit 3 continued 
FRIDAY, 13 MAY 2022
Welcome and site visit review
Refreshment break
Lecture Session 9
Break for lunch
Lecture Session 10
Refreshment break
Lecture Session 11
Looking ahead & SPAB Membership



There is no formal assessment for this course; delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion.

The Repair of Old Buildings Course is recognised by the IHBC for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the RIBA for Career Learning.



Steel toe capped boots are required for site visits



The SPAB will take every measure possible to ensure the course is held in a safe environment. Delegates will be asked to wear a mask whilst in enclosed spaces and social distancing will be encouraged where possible. Hand sanitiser will be made available throughout the course.

In the event the course is cancelled, by the SPAB, due to COVID related circumstances, we will retain all bookings and postpone the course to a later date. If a delegate is unable to attend the course due to COVID 19 related issues, the delegate will be invited to attend the Repair Course virtually, either in May or October 2022. A refund will not be issued.  

If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - a new, continuous cough; high temperature; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - we ask that you inform us immediately and do not attend the course. Our measures are subject to change in accordance with UK Government guidelines.


Booking Terms & Conditions

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


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