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 an annual lecture and dinner on the Saturday night and a tour of Peterborough Cathedral on Sunday 8 April.

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 Keynote lectures will be by Dr Henrik Schoenefeldt and Professor Dean Hawkes.

The second day (Saturday 7 April) will include General papers. The AGM will be accompanied by the annual lecture, this year a discussion of the Work of Cecil Hewett who died twenty years ago this year. There will be an exhibition of previously unseen Hewett drawings.  There will also be an International Symposium detailing current events in other CH Societies across the world, an Annual Building History Lecture (by Nat Alcock on Cruck Buildings) and Gala Dinner. There will be stalls and exhibitions.

The AGM and annual lecture is free to members. The price for attending the whole day is £50 per day for members which includes tea, coffee, lunch and a copy of the proceedings (£75 for non-members).The gala dinner in the evening in the Old Hall is available at an extra charge for those registering and you can bring guests.

On the Sunday there will be a coach trip to Peterborough Cathedral where Stephen Oliver, the Cathedral Architect will lead a tour above the Medieval fan vaults. A tour of the floor of the cathedral will also be provided.

To visit the conference website and book the conference and tour online click here

Download revised programme here

For all queries about the conference email chs@aha.cam.ac.uk


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A trip has been organised after the annual conference to the top of the medieval fan vaults of Peterborough Cathedral.   Download details of the trip here and the new revised programme here

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