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Construction History
Construction History, the journal of the Construction History Society, is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which is published annually. It is the leading international journal in its field, and enjoys a high reputation in the diversity, breadth and detail of its coverage. The journal covers all aspects of construction history and recent papers have ranged from buildings in early China to construction processes in the modern USA, and from nineteenth century British bridge building to the use of concrete in India and Mexico.  The scope embraces both technical and non-technical aspects of construction history. Among technical issues covered in Construction History are construction materials and components, buildings, infrastructure, building form, construction processes and plant. Non-technical aspects of construction include funding, organisations, company history, labour, education and historical sources. The journal does not include papers about the refurbishment of existing buildings or engineering structures. Each volume of around 150 pages contains up to six or seven generously illustrated papers by authoritative writers. Each volume also contains informative abstracts of papers in periodicals and other literature. Future volumes will also include a list of recent book titles.
Book reviews will now be published only in the Construction History Magazine which appears 2-3 times a year.

Submitting Papers

Papers for publication in Construction History are welcome at any time.

Authors should, in the first instance, send an outline proposal or abstract for the paper to the editors.

The abstract should be 5-600 words and include the following:

- The theme of the paper and the main question being addressed;

- What sources of information and data would you draw upon?

- The nature of your own original input;

- What sort of illustrations would be included?

- References to related academic work that you have had published;

- Which, if any, university or research institute you are affiliated to.


Authors will be informed immediately if the proposal is suitable for proceeding to the next stage of submitting a full draft of the paper. For detailed guidance on how to prepare and submit manuscripts and images, please follow this link to  Notes for contributors from May 2013

Authors of short or informal papers, not for assessment by the peer-review process, should consider sending them for possible publication in the Construction History Magazine. Editor

Editorial Panel


Dr Bill Addis,            Buro Happold (consulting engineers)

Dr Nick Bullock,       University of Cambridge

Professor Simon      Pepper (Abstracts Editor), University of Liverpool


Prof. Inge Bertels;   Department of Architecture, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Prof. Claes Caldenby;  Department of Architecture Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Prof. Linda Clarke;  Department of Human Resource Management, University of Westminster, London
Prof. Anne Coste; Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Grenoble, University of Grenoble, France
Prof. Roberto Gargiani; Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Rainer Graefe;  Archive for Building, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Prof. Andre Guillerme; Centre d'Histoire des Techniques et de l'Environment, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, Paris

Prof. Ricardo Gulli; Department of Architecture and Planning, University of Bologna, Italy
Prof. Santiago Huerta; School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Madrid
Prof. Tom Leslie;  Department of Architecture, Iowa State University, USA
Prof. Dr. Ing. Werner Lorenz;  Department of Construction History and Structural Preservation, Brandenburg       Technical University, Cottbus, Germany
Prof. Miguel Tain-Guzman;  Departamento de Historia del Arte, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Dr. Hermann Schlimme;  Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome



Copyright of papers published in Construction History rests with the Construction History Society. Papers may be reprinted in other works only with the written permission of the Chairman of the Construction History Society.


Permission to reproduce a paper will usually be granted. If it is to be published in an academic work, with few sales anticipated, no charge will usually be made. If the paper is to be published in a commercial work, such as a book aimed for student use, the publisher will be granted permission to reprint the paper upon payment of a donation to the Construction History Society. Typically this will be in the region of 500 pounds sterling.
Back copies of Construction History
The contents of published volumes of Construction History are available by clicking this link to Papers Published in CHS

Volumes 1 to 10 of the Journal are now out of print, The 
full contents of these issues are available free to download by clicking Download papers? for the relevant volume. 
Subject to availability, copies of the published volumes of Construction History up to 2007 may be purchased at 10 pounds per copy. Back copies since 2008 may be purchased at 25 pounds per copy. Click on Request a copy in the journal listing below.


Journal of the Construction History Society
Year of Publication: 1995
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Journal of the Construction History Society
Year of Publication: 1994
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Journal of the Construction History Society
Year of Publication: 1993
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Journal of the Construction History Society
Year of Publication: 1992
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Journal of The Construction History Society
Year of Publication: 1991
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