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).


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 information point 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. 


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, from how to deal with damp, manage a building project or to protect against fire in an old building, right through to conservation principles and a careers’ forum. Register now to be the first to hear about the talks programme!


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! 


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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