• Tuesday , 25 July 2017

Open Meeting for SPAB Ireland

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Date: Wednesday 8 February 2017, at 6.30pm

Venue: the Maxwell Lecture Theatre (Theatre 5), Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2. Follow this link for further directions.

An open meeting will take place and outline the function of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Ireland. This meeting will establish what the Society’s role will be within the existing sphere of heritage organisations in Ireland. It is hoped to engage a society of heritage professionals, craftspeople, home-owners and enthusiasts who share a common belief about the future of historic buildings in Ireland.

The SPAB was founded by William Morris in 1877 in response to unsympathetic and overzealous restoration of buildings during the Victorian era.  Since its establishment, the SPAB’s membership has grown to over 7,000, it is the world’s longest-serving conservation amenity society and is regarded as a world leader in the philosophy and practice of building repair.  As well as holding a statutory role in the appraisal of work to listed structures, the Society actively debates, informs and campaigns for best practice and policy in the protection of architectural heritage. It also engages in education, running training courses, workshops, lecture series and events focused on building conservation.

In recent years, a number of Irish conservation professionals and craftspeople have become involved in the work of the SPAB in the United Kingdom, and are now hoping to extend their involvement in the SPAB’s mission to Ireland. 

The meeting will outline the function of the SPAB and will hope to establish what the Society’s role will be within the existing sphere of heritage organisations in Ireland. SPAB hope to engage a society of heritage professionals, craftspeople, home-owners and enthusiasts who share a common belief about the future of historic buildings in Ireland. SPAB have many ambitions in this regard and wish to collaborate with existing heritage bodies in the spirit of a conservation community who would pursue a mutual goal – a fitting guardianship of our built heritage for the generations that follow.

Should you be interested in attending this event, email your request at spabireland@gmail.com

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