Deadline 26th February
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) believes old buildings have a future and encourages their preservation and restoration
This award, named in honour of writer, conservation campaigner and SPAB Committee member (1952-1977) Sir John Betjeman, celebrates excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations and faiths in England and Wales, including the Isle of Man.
The award is given for repairs to a specific element of a building, rather than for a general programme of works, and projects must have been completed within the previous 18 months. Work of any scale is eligible, but must be to the fabric of the building (e.g. tower, wall, roof, floor) or to a significant element of its furnishing (e.g. monument, screen, tomb, pew, pulpit). Cathedrals are not eligible.
Importantly, the award is always made to the building rather than to an individual, so this is a chance for a whole community to celebrate the quality of work completed in its building. The award takes the form of a certificate featuring an image of Inglesham Church in Wiltshire, a favourite church of Betjeman’s and the subject of an early SPAB campaign by the Society’s founder, William Morris. This striking image was created for the SPAB by artist and friend of Betjeman, John Piper.
Entries are now invited for the 2019 Award. The closing date is 26 February 2019.