There is no parallel in the building conservation world to the annual SPAB Fellowship and Scholarship. The six newest recruits to this long-established training scheme now join a roster of talented individuals, many of whom care for the most significant built landmarks in Britain.
Architects Dearbhail Keating, Elgan Jones and Charles Wellingham have embarked on the prestigious six-month programme of site, workshop and studio visits across the UK. The aim is for SPAB’s Scholars to gain hands-on experience of building conservation in action guided by experts in the field and to use this knowledge to inform their own approach in their working lives.
They will be joined by three Fellows. As usual they are a talented group with each individual looking to further their knowledge of traditional craft techniques. Alex Gibbons is a cob builder, Eoin Madigan is a 6th generation stonemason and Tom Massey is a timber framer/carpenter.
The aim is for the Fellows to gain broad, hands-on experience and knowledge to enable them to bring a strong awareness of craft diversity to their future professional roles. The Fellowship also equips them with the skills necessary to lead and manage historic building contracts, while deepening their understanding of the importance of gentle repair
Their travels will enable them to meet architects, building specialists and craftspeople working in traditional ways. Stop by this blog for updates from the Scholars and Fellows themselves.