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The International Journal of the Construction History Society

Construction History, the journal of the Construction History Society, is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which is published twice a year. The journal is included in the the Web of Science and other leading citation indexes.

Construction History was first published in 1985 and is the leading international journal in its field. It enjoys a high reputation for the diversity, breadth and detail of its coverage.

The journal covers all aspects of construction history and recent papers have ranged from helical brick chimneys in Spain to industrialised building in modern Germany and from the use of monolithic limestone columns in Sicily to building insulation in early 20th century USA construction.

Each volume of around 150 pages contains up to six or seven illustrated papers by authoritative writers.

Construction History has an Editorial Advisory Panel comprising eminent international scholars in the discipline of Construction History. Current members can be seen here.

Subject areas for papers in Construction History

Construction History covers all aspects of the history of building and civil engineering history embracing both technical and socio-economic aspects of subject. Among technical aspects covered are:

Socio-economic subjects include:

Some recent papers

The masons’ marks in the western part of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: an approach to its construction history by Annette Münchmeyer

The Supply of Stone for the Rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral 1675-1710 by James Campbell

The evolution of secondary school building construction in Portugal in the 20th century: from traditional to industrial by Alexandra Alegre, & Teresa Heitor,

Helical industrial chimneys in Spain by Gracia Lopez Patiño

The Llambí Company, Barcelona: a unique relationship between a manufacturer of blinds and shutters and architects by Anne Coste

Insulating North America by Kiel Moe

The marvellous reinforced concrete shells of Tallinn seaplane hangars in the context of early concrete architecture in Estonia by Maris Mändel and Oliver Orro

The Hidden Potential of Building Systems: the Marburg Building System as an example by Silke Langenberg

Please note: The journal does not include papers about the refurbishment of existing buildings or refurbishment of engineering structures.

There are two main reasons:

Construction History also does not include papers about the history of architecture or urban planning.

To contact the editors of Construction History, write to

Past issues

A full list of papers in published in the Construction History since 1985 is available here.

Individual papers are all available for purchase online through JSTOR.

Selected back issues of Construction History are available for purchase here.

A recent paper analysing papers published in Construction History is available here

Submitting Papers

Papers for publication in Construction History are welcome at any time.
Click here for more details on how to submit a paper

Book Reviews

Please send all books for review to our Books Review Editor,  Luka Pajovic at CHS, c/o 1 Scroope Terrace, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PX

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