The Society for the Protection of Ancient Building's (SPAB) 2015 Working Party at Sullington Manor, a Saxon farmstead, was our most ambitious project to date. This July over 150 volunteers and experts carried out repairs to seven historic buildings over five days.
The SPAB’s philosophy of conservative repair and ‘hands-on’ learning is integral to the success of the Working Party; this year’s volunteers tried their hands at traditional timber frame repairs, tile repairs, lime pointing, lime washing, brick repairs, stitching of stonework, flint repairs, mortar mixing and the removal of unsympathetic cement pointing.
An important part of the Working Party is encouraging people to think about building conservation in a practical way, to let them feel traditional materials and immerse themselves in the history of a building.
For more information on the Working Party, please visit the website: spab.org.uk/spab-events-awards/working-party/