Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All aboard the Arts Omnibus

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All aboard the Arts Omnibus

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Byline: ANTHEA MASEY

THE gracious, good and aristocratic Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (Spab) is celebrating its 125th birthday with an unusual exhibition - on the Number 11 London bus route. It is, needless to day, a suitably aristocratic bus route, writes Anthea Masey.

Spab, founded by the writer and Arts and Crafts genius William Morris, is displaying drawings, paintings and photographs of important buildings on 41 bus shelters along the route from Victoria to Threadneedle Street in the City.

The displays are all the work of former Spab scholars, including Donald Insall, who worked on the repairs to Windsor Castle after the fire, and Ptolemy Dean who was recently featured in Homes & Property.

The artworks will include buildings which Spab has managed to save, and some that, in spite of its efforts, still ended up under the ball and chain.

One display shows Sir Paul Pindar's house, which once stood in Bishopsgate, and which William Morris himself tried to save from demolition. …

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