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Conservation society seeks scholars

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The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings searches for next year's scholars

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is calling for young architects or building professionals to apply for its 2009 scholarship programme.

SPAB is looking for three or four young professionals to join the team and aims to give each of them first-hand experience of conservation work on site and in craftsmen’s workshops.

The scholarship is awarded annually to young architects, building surveyors or structural engineers who have completed some if not all of their university course (i.e. Part 1 or Part 2) and who have an enthusiasm for historic buildings.

The scholars will spend six months together, and for the remaining three months will work individually, developing and exploring their own specific areas of interest in a project related to the English country house.

Marianne Suhr, co-presenter of the BBC’s Restoration programme, was a scholar in 1995.

Suhr said: ‘The scholarship is very special. It was a wonderful opportunity to deepen my knowledge and interest in old buildings.’

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

If shortlisted all candidates must be willing to attend an interview in London at their own expense. Successful candidates will receive a grant of £7,500 to cover their living and travel expenses.

For full details and an application form, go to education@spab.org.uk, email: rachel@spab.org.uk or write to the Education Officer, SPAB, 37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY.

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