Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage. We advise. We educate. We campaign. We offer help when it's wanted and informed resistance when we are alarmed. We encourage excellence in new design to enrich and complement the historic environment. We represent the practical and positive side of conservation. We have a firm set of principles about how old buildings should be repaired and the practical knowledge to show how these can be put into effect. We are training the next generation to do the job with discernment and care and we are helping many others, who own or live in old buildings, to understand them better. Our membership includes many of the leading conservation practitioners as well as home owners, living in houses spanning all historical periods, and those who simply care about old buildings. Our successes are visible across the country. Thousands of historic buildings survive which would have been lost, mutilated or badly repaired without our intervention. The Society is a charity. We have a small staff and most of our work is carried out by members voluntarily and enthusiastically. Many are experts in their field and their voice strengthens our reputation.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre, Association or society

Collection details


Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
37 Spital Square
Greater London
E1 6DY



General enquiries

SPAB Mills section


020 7377 1644


020 7247 5296

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