The Old House Show

The Old House Show

The art and craft of building care

Learn and be inspired by everything this event has to offer. The Old House Show is not to be missed!

07/09/2018 - 08/09/2018
Introductory, Intermediate, General Interest, CPD, Leisure Learning
Old Royal Naval College
King William Walk,
United Kingdom

Event details

Friday and Saturday, 7-8 September 2018 10am-5pm

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the first ever Old House Show, in partnership with Period Living, a free event taking place at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich over two days this September. The Old House Show takes place from Friday 7 September to Saturday 8 September 2018, and will epitomise everything the SPAB stands for. Focusing on the SPAB approach, and our unique emphasis on independent advice, crafts and education, there will be a full programme of talks, building crafts demonstrations and exhibitors with a conservation focus. The Old House Show is for members and non-members alike – and it’s absolutely free! 


Register now for the chance to win one of our prizes!

The Old House Show is free for all, but registration in advance is essential. Register now by hitting the ‘Book Now’ button at the top right of this page. When you register, you are also automatically entered into our prize draw and have the chance of winning one of the following prizes.

1st Prize: We are giving two visitors to the Old House Show a free place on one of our popular courses in 2019. Winners will have a choice of either a homeowner study day or a course for conservation professionals.

2nd Prize: 5x two tickets for a scaffold tour of the conservation project at the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College on either 7 or 8 September. There will be four tour times available to pick from.

When you register for the Old House Show, you also have the chance to book a discounted place on a Painted Hall scaffold tour for 7 and 8 September (if you're lucky enough to win one of the free places on the tour, we will give you a refund).


Talks Programme

We have an exciting programme of expert talks planned for Old House Show. The talks will take place in the magnificent historic chapel at the Old Royal Naval College, just above the main Old House Show space. The talks are free to enter and cover a range of conservation topics. You find the full programme and speakers information here

The SPAB’s director Matthew Slocombe opens the first morning of the talks programme, 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. 

Loyd Grossman, 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.


Advice Surgery 

Our expert advisers at the Old House Show are on hand to help with all your old building questions. Our Advice Surgery offers impartial guidance without vested commercial interests. We have two types of advice available at the Old House Show. 

Technical Advice
Our technical advisers can help with queries about repairs, defects, materials and construction techniques. They can also give you suggestions for architects, surveyors, builders, engineers and others, such as insurers, to help you with your problem or project. 
Casework Advice
Our casework advisers can help you with questions about the planning and listed building consent process. They can also provide pre-application advice (on alterations and extensions) and give assistance on questions regarding local campaigning. Please note that unfortunately casework advisers cannot provide names of building professionals.

Just drop in!
The Advice Surgery operates on a drop-in basis and the slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Head to the Advice Surgery Welcome desk at the Old House Show, our staff will register you for a slot and give you a time. Advice slots are 15 minutes each and are limited to one enquiry.

...or book in advance
There are a limited number of casework advice slots available for pre-booking on both 7 and 8 September. To book a casework advice slot, please call us 020 7377 1644. There are no pre-bookable slots available for technical advice. 

Careers Advice 
Our dedicated careers desk is open on both days from 10.00-13.00 and from 13.00-15.00. No appointments necessary and no need to register for a slot. The morning and afternoon sessions have different focuses:
Friday, 7 September
10.00-12.00: Construction skills, craftsmanship and practical conservation skills
13.00-15.00: Architecture, surveying, engineering, accreditation
Saturday, 8 September
10.00-12.00: Construction skills, craftsmanship and practical conservation skills
13.00-15.00: Legislation, building control and heritage organisations

Building Crafts Demonstrations

In the famous colonnade of the Old Royal Naval College you can see live building crafts demonstrations in action. Watch bricklayers, stonemasons, plasterers, blacksmiths and stained glass conservators show you the tricks of their trade and have a go yourself! 


Conservation Insight Tours

The SPAB is teaming up with the Old Royal Naval College Painted Hall Project to offer visitors to the Old House Show four exclusive Conservation Insight Tours to view the conservation work on the ceiling paintings in the Painted Hall up close. Tickets must be booked in advance and are £10 per person (usually £15). You must be registered to attend the Old House Show to book a ticket on a Conservation Insight Tour. See below for booking options:


If you are one of the five lucky winners of tour tickets (everyone who registers for the Old House Show is entered into our prize draw) and you have already booked your place on a tour, we will refund you your ticket. 


Exhibit at the Old House Show

The Old House Show is an unmissable showcase for your skill, product or company. If you’d like to find out more about exhibiting, please contact Geoff Connelly on 01462 896688 or email

For information about what we do with your details when you book, please see our Privacy & Cookie Policy and see here for our Booking Terms & Conditions.

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