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Applications open for SPAB’s John Betjeman Award 2017

Prestigious award celebrates excellence in the conservation of places of worship of any faith in England and Wales

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has opened applications for the John Betjeman Award 2017.

The Award celebrates excellence in conservation and repair projects at places of worship of any faith in England and Wales (and the Isle of Man), and recognises the highest standards of craftsmanship used in carrying out those projects.

The Award is made for the repair or conservation of fabric, fittings or furnishings carried out in the last 18 months at an historic church, chapel or other faith building which remains in use for worship. However, cathedrals of any denomination are not eligible. It is not essential that the building is listed as being of architectural or historic interest – its age or architectural significance is less important than the quality of the repair.

How to apply

To enter, please download the John Betjeman Award application form and return it to SPAB, 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY or email it to by 21st February 2017.

More information on the details of the Award, eligibility information and the judging criteria can be downloaded from the SPAB website.

You may wish to read Ruth Bubb ACR's insider view of an SPAB John Betjeman commended project.

Image: St Michael & All Angels, Bishops Cleeve, winner of the 2016 Award; Wayland Smith, CC BY-SA 2.0


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