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William Morris Craft Fellowship

December 5, 2007

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

 The course of practical training is divided into three blocks of two months, enabling the Fellows to return to their employment in between each block.  

During the first two blocks the Fellows travel as a group the length and breadth of the country making daily site visits, studying repair projects at first hand and meeting professionals, contractors and craftsmen. On site they see at first hand, and discuss, traditional building construction, the decay and repair of materials and the range of techniques available.

The third block of training is devoted to the individual needs and interests of each Fellow in consultation with their employers.Students on course

The programme runs from mid-March to Christmas. There are no course fees as training and administrative costs are borne by the SPAB. Successful candidates will receive an award to cover basic travel and living costs.


The course is full-time, occasionally including weekends, and it is impossible to combine it with any other form of work or study. Candidates must be aware that Fellows are away from home for long periods.

 Who can apply

Craftsmen and women from any trade employed in the repair of historic buildings on site or in workshops and studios. Candidates must have completed their apprenticeship and demonstrate a high degree of competence. Fellows are usually in their 20s or 30s but older candidates will not be excluded.

For full details and an application form please write to the Education Officer, SPAB, 37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY or email:


The closing date for applications is 1st January each year and interviews are held in London at the end of January.

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