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25 August 2015

As part of the Association for Cultural Exchange, ACE Cultural Tours is committed to supporting the work of organisations who share our values and mission. We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

ACE & the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

As part of the Association for Cultural Exchange, ACE Cultural Tours is committed to supporting the work of organisations who share our values and mission. We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

William Morris founded the SPAB in 1877 to defend old buildings from the unnecessary renewal of worn features or the hypothetical reconstruction of whole or missing elements – where tidy reproduction is achieved at the expense of genuine but imperfect work. He saw that the most vulnerable buildings were those of most eloquent craftsmanship, survivors from a time before mass-production took hold. Today, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings is involved in all aspects of the survival of buildings which are old and interesting, seeking to prevent misguided work that can be extremely destructive, and instead championing skillful mending with the minimum loss of fabric and so of romance and authenticity.

ACE is delighted to support the SPAB’s Autumn Lecture Series, Everyday Magic: Symbol, Ritual, and Atmosphere. Taking place in London around Hallowe’en, the series of lectures explores architectural symbolism and atmosphere, and ‘everyday magic’ in old buildings including the concealment of ritual objects and the use of apotropaic marks for warding and protection against evil.

The lectures will be held at St Botolph’s church hall, Bishopsgate, on 29 October, 5 November, 12 November, and 19 November 2015. Full details, and how to book, can be found on the SPAB website here. Please quote ‘ACE’ on your booking form.

Image: Nicolas Boyes Stone Conservation

 
 
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