2016 Maintenance Co-ops Conference: Celebrating 3 years of co-operatives
2016 Maintenance Co-ops Conference: Celebrating 3 years of co-operatives

2016 Maintenance Co-ops Conference: Celebrating 3 years of co-operatives

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Friends House

173-177 Euston Road

London, United Kingdom

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Booking is now open, all places are free - please join us if you can.

Come and join us at Friends House (opposite Euston Station) in London for our final free conference to celebrate the successes of the SPAB’s Maintenance Co-operatives Project and look forward to what will happen after the project finishes in March 2017. You will be able to:


  • Hear from volunteers who have been involved with active Maintenance Co-ops already
  • Have a one-to-one maintenance surgery with one of our technical team
  • Take part in free workshops on conservation and maintenance
  • Network with other volunteers and heritage and conservation professionals
  • Grants/other advice available from the National Churches Trust and Caring for God's Acre

We will round off the day with post-conference drinks at the Cosy Kettle bar downstairs in the Somers Town Coffee House (5 minutes’ walk from the venue and halfway between Euston and Kings Cross stations). The event is free, and includes lunch, tea and coffee throughout the day. There are travel bursaries for volunteers available, to help with the cost of travel and accommodation. The conference will start at 10.30, finish at 4.15, and with drinks till 7pm.

We can provide Certificates of Attendance for CPD purposes.


The conference will take place at:

Friends House
173-177 Euston Road

Friends House is opposite Euston train and underground stations. It is a 10-minute walk from Kings Cross and St Pancras rail and underground stations. You can find further details and a map on the Friends House website http://www.friendshouse.co.uk/getting-here

The entrance to Friends House is on the left-hand (eastern) side of the building through the garden – come to reception and they will direct you to our conference.

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 From 9.45       Tea/coffee/registration (maintenance surgeries available throughout the day)

10.30               Welcome Kate Streeter, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

10.35               Looking After: places of worship Sara Crofts, Head of Historic Environment, HLF

11.00               Looking Down: Underfloor heating in places of worship Tim Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe Associates

11.35               Tea/coffee break

12.00               Looking Out: Maintenance Co-ops Volunteers

                       Co-op volunteers talk about experiences, successes and challenges and how to turn surveys     into practical maintenance plans                        

12.45               Lunch break

 1.45                Looking At: Your Building Demonstrations, Workshops, Surgeries

 3.00                Tea break

 3.20                Looking Forward Michael Murray/Janet Edmond, National Churches Trust talking about the Yorkshire Maintenance Project

 3.50                Panel and questions           

 4.15                Conference finishes

 4.30                Informal drinks reception at Cosy Kettle

 7.00                Drinks reception finishes

Maintenance Surgeries

At various points during the day, James Innerdale and David John, both Technical Advisors for the SPAB, will be on hand to offer free advice on any problems or issues you may have at your place of worship. Advice will also be available if you are thinking about any alterations or re-ordering and the legislations involved.

There will be 15-minute slots available. You will be able to book on the day, but to guarantee a place, email Sheila Christie on sheila.christie@spab.org.uk with your preference for morning, lunchtime or afternoon, and brief details about the name and location of the building you wish to discuss. To make the most of the time available, please bring along photographs, plans or other information that might help in diagnosing the problem.

Travel Bursaries

We have a small number of travel bursaries (up to £100 per person) for volunteers travelling to the conference. Please complete the application form below and send it to Sheila Christie, our Project Administrator, on sheila.christie@spab.org.uk if you would like to apply for a bursary. Bursaries will be paid after you have attended the conference – we will give you a claim form and you will need to send us travel receipts before we can pay you.

Travel Bursary Application Form

Drinks Reception

From 4.30pm we will have an informal drinks reception at the nearby Cosy Kettle, downstairs in the Somers Town Coffee House, 60 Chalton Street, London NW1 2BJ (between Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancras stations). Please come if you can.

We do hope you will join us for the day on 3 October and look forward to meeting you there.

The SPAB Maintenance Co-operatives Project Team.

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