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

Tenth Annual CHS Conference Celebrating 40 years of the Construction History Society, Queens’ College, Cambridge,  12-13 April 2023

We are delighted to report that the Tenth Annual CHS Conference was held at Queens’ College, Cambridge from Wednesday 12 April- Thursday 13 April. The proceedings of the conference have been printed and they will be distributed to those who attended next week.

The proceeding are available to order here


We will be uploading the papers to a website and making recordings available so if you missed the conference you will still be able to watch the papers.

There will be no conference in 2024 to avoid clashing with the Intentional Congress in Zurich so the next Cambridge conference will be in 2025

8th International Congress on Construction History, to be held at ETH, Zurich, 24-28 June 2024

Next year is the year of the International Congress in Zurich. The call for abstracts for that conference can be found here and closes on 30 April 2023.


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