Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) believes old buildings have a future. From cottages to castles and from churches to cathedrals, they are available to help buildings and the people who care for them. Through unique training schemes, courses, advice and research the society help people put expertise into practice.

Founded by William Morris in 1877, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was established in response to the work of Victorian architects whose enthusiasm for harmful restoration caused irreparable damage. Today the SPAB encourages excellence in new design to enrich and complement the built historic environment. They train new generations of architectural professionals and building craftspeople to shape this landscape with sensitivity and skill, and we play a statutory role as adviser to local planning authorities. In their casework they campaign actively to protect old buildings at risk.

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