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Past Highlights

Highlights 2008

Marianne Suhr and baby MaxSPAB Secretary Philip Venning writes: National Maintenance Week continues to goes from strength to strength. In 2008, as news of the credit crunch caused everyone to look at budgets and reassess their spending we decided to focus our attention on what, for most people, is their most valuable asset - their home.

Taking a cue from our domestic theme, we asked Marianne Suhr, our roving education officer and expert co-presenter of the BBC's Restoration series, to offer her own top tips for home maintenance, using her listed Oxfordshire cottage as the backdrop for a series of photographs illustrating good maintenance in situ.

Marianne's home was the ideal location to demonstrate the principles of National Maintenance Week.

A period cottage in need of a great deal of sympathetic repair, it has been carefully renovated by Marianne and her partner over the past couple of years and is now a beautiful family home.

The 2008 National Maintenance Week campaign also presented a fitting opportunity to launch SPAB's Old House Handbook, co-written by Marianne and SPAB supporter Roger Hunt.


Old House Handbook CoverThe production of the book coincided with the arrival of Marianne's baby, Max, and this time last year he took a keen interest in the maintenance photograph shoot featuring his mum.

We were also delighted that last year leading builders' merchant Jewsons supported SPAB's National Maintenance Week featuring tailored advice and information for building professionals at branches throughout the country.

National Maintenance Week is designed to be helpful and accessible to owners of all sorts of properties, regardless of age or purpose. We are delighted that our 2008 campaign was picked up by national and local newspapers and featured on radio too - potentially reaching an audience of around 16 million.