Each year the SPAB decamps from its London HQ to put its advice and expertise into practice at its annual summer Working Party. Putting our efforts to helping work on a specific building is where the SPAB community demonstrates its approach to the conservation and care of old buildings, allowing us to combine well proven principles with practical repair techniques. An increasingly popular event, it offers the chance for volunteers, ranging from informed amateurs interested in buildings and history to heritage and architectural professionals, to work alongside the country’s best craftspeople.
This year’s summer Working Party is being held at Eastbury Manor, Barking. Owned by the National Trust and managed by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Eastbury Manor is an impressive Elizabethan house built by Clement Sisley ‘to show off and entertain’. The SPAB has a historical connection with the building, it having been repaired by the SPAB’s pioneering architect William Weir in the 1920s.
The Working Party will be focussing on the consolidation of the brick walls in the east garden and will provide a unique opportunity for building professionals and enthusiasts alike to learn traditional conservation building skills through hands-on experience.
2018 sees the 100th anniversary of Eastbury Manor House being saved from demolition and acquired for the nation. The week-long project will culminate in an exhibition on William Weir (1865-1950) who helped save Eastbury, alongside a programme of events, talks and workshops aimed at school children, students, scholars and local residents.
Please note that the deadline to register for the Working Party has now gone. If you would like to get in touch with the organisers please email firstname.lastname@example.org.