The SPAB Manifesto (1877)

The SPAB Manifesto (1877)
The SPAB Manifesto (1877)

Preface: The SPAB Manifesto was adopted by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Bloomsbury, UK, on 22 March, 1877. This manifesto holds up the ideal of restoration of ancient buildings as “protecting our ancient buildings, and handing them down instructive and venerable to those that come after us.”

Category

Manifesto

Date

1877

Promulgation

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Bloomsbury, UK, 22 March, 1877

Descriptions

  • Written by William Morris and other founder members of the Society, this manifesto holds up the ideal of restoration of ancient buildings as “protecting our ancient buildings, and handing them down instructive and venerable to those that come after us.”
  • Most of the manifesto is devoted to attacking thoughtless and destructive efforts of restoration that leave the building a “feeble and lifeless forgery.”
  • The manifesto recommends protection rather than restoration as well as resisting tampering with the fabric or ornament of the building as it stands, advocating “staving off decay by daily care.”

Source

http://www.spab.org.uk/downloads/The%20SPAB%20Manifesto.pdf

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1877-The SPAB Manifesto

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The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

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