Entries are invited now for SPAB’s (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) prestigious John Betjeman Award for excellence in repair to the fabric of buildings in use as places of worship in England and Wales. In 2014 the award has a special significance as it marks the 60th anniversary of the distinguished conservation campaigner’s association with the Society.
This long-standing SPAB award is designed to celebrate and reward the highest level of conservation craftsmanship in a place of worship. Projects completed in the last 18 months are eligible for consideration. The award is always made to a building rather than to an individual or individuals however cathedrals are not eligible for the prize.
Sir John Betjeman was a SPAB committee member from 1954 -1977. The award, established to honour his contribution to Britain’s oldest heritage charity, takes the form of a unique, inscribed certificate featuring a print of Inglesham Church in Wiltshire specially created for SPAB by artist and friend of Betjeman, John Piper. Piper deliberately chose to illustrate Inglesham for the award because of his friend’s affection for the building and because it encapsulates the SPAB’s history.
The award is for a specific repair to a single element of the building and not a general programme of works. Work of repair on any scale will be eligible, but it must be to the fabric of the building (e.g. towers, roofs, walls, floors, windows, etc.), or to internal fixed or freestanding significant furnishings (e.g. monuments, screens, tombs, fixed pews, pulpits, etc).
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