The SPAB was founded by William Morris in 1877 to campaign against threats to historic buildings. Today, it is the UK’s oldest and most expert building conservation charity. We still work to encourage a practical and sympathetic approach to the repair and maintenance of old buildings.
From world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of an empire to a Cold War bunker, we look after over 400 places that span six millennia and bring the story of England to life. Conserving and maintaining this collection for all to enjoy is a cornerstone of everything we do. It enables us to make history accessible and create memorable experiences to inspire visitors of all ages.
We are now known as the National Churches Trust, registered charity number 1119845. Please see our entry under National Churches Trust. For more information please contact Claire Walker, Chief Executive.
Each of the six palaces in our care has survived for hundreds of years. They have witnessed peace and prosperity and splendid periods of building and expansion, but they also share more turbulent times, of war and domestic strife, politics and revolution. Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity which looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.
Founded in 1967, The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Limited is a registered charity with the twin aims of education and heritage conservation. The Trust cares for 36 scheduled monuments and listed buildings within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and operates 10 museums which collectively tell the story of the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The Trust is one of the largest independent museums in the world, earning national and international recognition for its work.
Leaving Something Good Behind. When you write a Will as well as protecting your loved ones you can also help preserve the future of steam trains on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. We realise it can be a sensitive and difficult task but we understand determining what gift is right for you is just as important as making the gift itself.
After hundreds of years in existence, many of the UK’s most cherished historic churches and chapels find themselves threatened by their most dangerous enemies yet: leaking roofs, crumbling stonework and timbers under siege from death watch beetle. Specialist repairs are usually way beyond the means of the local communities they serve.
St Martin-in-the-Fields is a unique configuration of cultural, charitable and commercial initiatives rooted in the life of a vibrant Church of England congregation. Our vision is At the heart. On the edge. This declares that we see ourselves at the heart of London, through our location on Trafalgar Square, and of the nation, through our 500-year links with the royal family.
Help secure the future of Avro Vulcan XH558. Avro Vulcan XH558 is the last flying example of a large all-British jet from an era when British airmen and engineers really did rule the skies. She keeps our memories of this incredible era alive, while bringing the excitement of engineering, aviation and innovation to new generations.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of Westminster Abbey in the nation’s spiritual, historical and cultural make-up. For 1000 years it has shared our country’s tragedies and celebrations. This Gothic masterpiece is the burial place or memorial site of over 3,300 souls including statesmen, poets, scientists, warriors and 17 monarchs. Since 1066, it has been the coronation church and it is the national church of the Commonwealth. It also welcomes over 1.2m visitors and worshippers each year.