John Betjeman Award


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Established in 1990 and named in honour of writer, conservation campaigner and SPAB Committee member (1952-1977) Sir John Betjeman, this award celebrates excellence in the repair of places of worship of all denominations and faiths in England and Wales (including the Isle of Man). Shortlisted and winning entries are featured on the SPAB website and in the SPAB Magazine.

The award is given for repairs to a specific element of a building, rather than for a general programme of works, and projects must have been completed within the previous 18 months. Work of any scale is eligible, but must be to the fabric of the building (eg tower, wall, roof, floor) or to a significant element of its furnishing (e.g. monument, screen, tomb, pew, pulpit). Cathedrals are not eligible.

Importantly, the award is always made to the building rather than to an individual, so this is a chance for a whole community to celebrate the quality of work completed in its building. The award takes the form of a certificate featuring an image of Inglesham Church in Wiltshire, a favourite church of Betjeman’s and the subject of an early SPAB campaign by the Society’s founder, William Morris. This striking image was created for the SPAB by artist and friend of Betjeman, John Piper. The closing date for entries is usually February each year. John Betjeman Award 2020: In 2020 the SPAB celebrates 30 years of the John Betjeman Award. To mark this anniversary, we are extending this year's competition to also make awards for repair and conservation of faith buildings in Scotland and Ireland. Visit the SPAB website for more details.

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