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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Proceedings of the Ninth Annual CHS Conference – 1-2 April 2022

The Ninth Annual Conference of the Construction History Society was held from Friday & Saturday 1-2 April 2022 in Queens’ College, Cambridge. The theme was Timber Construction.  It was followed by a one day conference on Sunday 3 April on James Essex, the eighteenth century architect and builder. The conference was be in hybrid mode with a live audience in Queens’ and live presentations but where necessary presentations online.

The programme with links is available here

The proceedings can be ordered here

Proceedings of the Eighth Annual CHS Conference – 27-28 August 2021

Eight Annual CHS Conference was held from Friday 27 to Saturday August  2021 in Queens’ College, Cambridge

The individual papers and the talks can all be downloaded and viewed here.

A printed version of the conference proceedings can be purchased here.

Proceedings of the Seventh Annual CHS Conference, 2020

The proceedings of the  Seventh Annual CHS Conference  are still online. 53 papers were peer-reviewed and presented.

The general theme of the conference was Iron and Steel but there are papers on a  wide range of subjects.

See the conference website here

All the papers and presentations are available online here

The proceedings are  available to order online (price £40) here


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