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.

Still confused about what construction history is? Read more here

Seventh Annual Conference and International Symposium

The Seventh Annual CHS Conference and International Symposium will take place in Queens’ College, Cambridge on the 3-5th April 2020.

The theme of the first day of the conference will be Iron and Steel. The call for abstracts can be downloaded here.

The second day will consist of papers on any other aspect of construction history and the International Symposium. The General call for abstracts can be downloaded here..

This day will contain a session on Fountains. The call for abstracts can be downloaded here

The papers are peer-reviewed and published in printed proceedings available at the conference and for order on amazon. Previous proceedings can be found here.



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The date for submission of abstracts has been extended to 21 October 2019.

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