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.

Read more about the benefits of membership and how to join here.

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Fourth Annual Conference on Construction History April 2017


Our AGM and the Fourth Annual Conference on Construction History will be held in Cambridge 7  and 8 April 2017 with  tours of buildings on Sunday 9 April and an annual lecture and dinner on the Saturday night. Conference website with online booking is here

Conference Poster

Please download the poster here and put it up for people to see.

Draft Conference Programme

The conference programme has just been released and can be downloaded here

AGM and Annual Lecture 2017 (Free to all members)

The AGM will take place in the Fitzpatrick Hall in Queens’ College, Cambridge at 11.30 on Saturday 8 April (Tea and biscuits available from 11.00). It will be followed by the Construction History Society Annual Lecture. This years lecture will be by:

Tom F. Peters  “Culture, Construction and Bridge Building: Western and Chinese traditions in construction technology”

Student Members Conference Bursaries Announced

This year to encourage more students to attend we are offering bursaries to pay for travel, accommodation and registration. Preference will be given to those presenting papers. Please apply to the Secretary (secretary@constructionhistory.co.uk).

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The 6th International Congress on Construction History is going to be held in the beautiful city of Brussels. The organisers have announced a call for sessions which can be downloaded here

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