The Construction History Society is the society for all those who are enthusiastic about any aspect of the history of construction. Our members come from all walks of life. You might be someone who has an interesting story to tell, someone who collects items to do with buildings or any scholar who works on the history of buildings. We encourage people to take an interest in how the world around them has been built and those that built it.

The Society is devoted to the  promotion and study of the history of construction. It aims to identify and protect sources of information and archives to do with construction history and to organise and sponsor events and publications that help achieve these aims. It has members from all over the world.

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Fifth Annual Conference on Construction History April 2018


Our AGM and the Fifth Annual Conference on Construction History will be held in Cambridge on 6, 7  and 8 April 2018 with the AGM on Saturday 7 April and tours of buildings on Sunday 8 April and an annual lecture and dinner on the Saturday night.

The first day of the conference (Friday 6 April) will be devoted to studies of the history of building services and held in collaboration with CIBSE. The Special Call for abstracts for these sessions can be downloaded here. The second day (Saturday 7 April) will include general papers (the General Call for abstracts can be downloaded here). Generous student bursaries covering costs are available for students to present papers. The current plan is for the second day to also feature a timber framing demonstration, the Annual General Meeting, International Symposium, Annual Lecture, Annual Building History Lecture and Gala Dinner. An optional visit will be organised on the Sunday on the theme of building services.


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