The banner image is of St Peter's Church in Markby and is courtesy of John Congreve.

Each year the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) hosts 'National Maintenance Week' between 20-27 November. As part of the week there will be a number of lectures.

Here is a list of the lectures available:

Maintenance for Faith Buildings
Friday 20th - 27th November 2020
Prerecorded Online Lecture
Free - registration required - follow this link

In this session, we will consider the importance of regular care at places of worship of all dates and types, as well as the vital role played by volunteers in looking after these complex buildings at the heart of our communities.  

Presented by Kate Andrew, heritage consultant. Kate was a regional project officer for the SPAB’s recent Maintenance Cooperatives Project (MCP). 


Maintenance Question Time 
Saturday 21st November 2020, 11:00 - 12:00
Live Online Forum
Free - registration required - follow this link

All buildings, old and new, benefit from regular care, and many maintenance tips are widely applicable. Join the SPAB’s advisers for this interactive introduction to maintenance, which includes an online Q&A and discussion of how to tackle some of the common problems found with old buildings, and how regular care and attention can prevent or reduce them. 

The forum is free to attend, but please register your place in advance. 

If you would like to send in a question for the forum, please email it, along with your contact details, to [email protected] by 5pm on Monday 16th November 2020.  If you wish, you can include photographs to help the advisers understand and answer your question. Please let us know if you’re happy for your photos to appear on screen during the Q&A.


Maintenance Matters!
An Introduction to Caring for Your Old Building
24 November 2020, 14:30 - 15:30
Live Online Lecture
Free - registration required - follow this link

This illustrated talk explores how old buildings are different to new, how and why they can decay, what maintenance is and why it's important. It includes practical advice on getting started and working safely.  

Presented by James Innerdale, an architect and historic buildings consultant. James was the Technical Officer for the SPAB’s recent Maintenance Cooperatives Project (MCP).   

The lecture is free to attend, but please register your place in advance. 


If you would like more information please see SPAB's website.