The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Charity information

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

The SPAB was founded by William Morris in 1877 to campaign against threats to historic buildings.

Founded 1877

  • Mission statement

    The SPAB is the oldest and most technically expert building conservation charity in the UK, with a strong philosophical approach to the repair and maintenance of old buildings, as well as the practical knowledge to demonstrate how good practice should be applied.

    The SPAB has a statutory role in the planning system and our casework includes campaigning to protect historic buildings at risk. Our successes are visible across the country. Thousands of buildings survive which would have been lost or irrevocably harmed without our intervention.

    We believe that old buildings have a future. We train new generations of architectural professionals and building crafts workers to care for old buildings with sensitivity and skill. We encourage excellence in new design to enrich and complement the historic environment.

    As well as caring for the cathedrals, castles and country houses that stand tall in our landscape, the SPAB also works hard for the humble cottage, parish church, barn and mill that represent the unique built fabric of our history and cultural identity.

    By supporting the SPAB, you will help us continue to provide advice and training for the people who own or look after historic buildings, ensuring they can be appreciated by future generations.

  • Aims

    The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings aims to:

    • Protection of old buildings.
  • Overview

    Established: March 1877

    Registered Charity Number: 1113753

    Board members: 12

    Full time staff: 20

    Part time staff: 20

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 020 7377 1644

    Address: 37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY

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