Calling all architects, building professionals and craftspeople

Calling all architects, building professionals and craftspeople – have you got what it takes to be a 2018 SPAB Scholar or Fellow?

“From challenging personal conservation philosophies to trying out traditional crafts under the guidance of master craftspeople, the SPAB Scholarship has exceeded all expectations.” – 2016 Scholar, Gethin Harvey (architect).

“I feel confident discussing with anyone the pros and cons of various approaches to conservation. The Fellowship hasn’t just given me the knowledge to improve, it’s given me the confidence” – 2016 Fellow, Thom Evans (stonemason).

Scholar Aoife Murphy woodworking

Aoife Murphy (2017 Scholar) woodworking

The search is on for our 2018 Scholars and Fellows. If you’re an architect, building surveyor or engineer interested in building conservation then think about applying for the SPAB Scholarship. We’re also looking for craftspeople with a passion for old buildings and conservative repair for the Fellowship programme. Applicants must have completed their apprenticeship and demonstrate a high level of competence. These programmes offer a training opportunity like no other.

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Triona Byrne (2016 Scholar) mixing lime mortars at Duart Castle

After completing the nine-month programme, previous SPAB Scholars and Fellows have gone on to become experts in their field. Both the Scholarship and Fellowship programmes give successful applicants behind-the-scenes access to some of the country’s most fascinating built heritage projects.

SPAB Scholars and Fellows at Hampton Court Palace

Scholars and Fellows (2015) on the scaffolding at Hampton Court Palace

We aim to give our Scholars and Fellows first-hand experience of conservative repair in action; they will be meeting professionals involved in the full range of building management issues, working on site and in workshops and studios throughout the UK. Scholars spend the first six months travelling from site to site together, in the last three months they study, together or apart, aspects of the nation’s country houses.

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Solid earth wall construction with 2014 Fellow Alex Gibbons

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2015 blacksmith Fellow Joe Coombes-Jackman

The Fellowship is a six month programme but is divided into three blocks of two months, enabling the Fellows to return to their employment between each block. During the first two blocks they travel as a group, making daily site visits, studying repair projects, and meeting professionals, contractors and craftspeople. The final block is devoted to the individual needs and interests of each Fellow in consultation with their employers.

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2015 Fellows with Fellowship organiser, Pip Soodeen.

The application deadline for the Scholarship and the Fellowship is Friday 1 December. For more information and an application form please visit the Scholarship and Fellowship pages on the SPAB website. The Scholarship and Fellowship programmes run from mid March until the end of the year.

To get in touch with the programme organisers email education@spab.org.uk

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