Homes & Gardens

Save Britain's Heritage

Lots of advice for those interested in finding an historic building to renovate, as well as practical help for those who already own one.

SAVE was created in 1975 by a group of historians, architects, planners, and journalists who wanted to protect architecturally important buildings from the wrecking ball. Since then, they have campaigned to save country houses, redundant churches and chapels, mills, cottages, railway stations, and even asylums. If you are the kind of person who spent your childhood nursing baby birds back to health in a shoe box, and you fancy a bigger challenge, this site may just contain the perfect project for you. Use the menu at the top of the page to navigate between sections.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Buildings At Risk
is the heart of this site. It is enthusiastic and positive in tone, and the links on the left give lots of information on repairing houses, obtaining loans and grants and the role of local authorities. Click on Examples to go to details of the latest properties to be placed on the register in Buildings of the Month. If you want to see more properties and have subscribed (see Join), click on Access the Register.

Join SAVE for £15 a year. This entitles you to two newsletters a year and a 20 per cent discount on publications, as well as the opportunity of making a most welcome contribution to their campaign funds.

Publications The annual Catalogue of Buildings at Risk is available to non-members for £10 and contains over 100 properties in need of rescuing all over England and Wales. You can also buy special reports on Industrial Buildings, Farm Buildings, and numerous booklets on specific campaigns.

OTHER FEATURES

News
gives up-to-date information on current projects as well as associated pieces on the planning and grants. The site also has comprehensive Links for anyone interested in period properties.