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

REVISED Call for Abstracts

Eighth Annual CHS Conference (2021) and International Symposium

We still intend to hold the the Eight Annual CHS Conference and International Symposium from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August  2021.


If you have already submitted an abstract you should receive a reply by the end of January 2021 and we apologise for the delay. The revised date for submission of final papers is 2 April 2021. We are calling for more abstracts at this point to be submitted by 15 February 2021.


The theme for the conference this year is Professionalism and the Building Trades. The first day will be devoted to papers on this theme. The call for abstracts is here

The second day will continue the theme but also include papers on any aspect of Construction History. The general call is available here.

The conference will also contain a session or sessions on Fountains and Water Supply. The call is here.

Then conference will take place on- Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August  2021.. It will be available 100% online but if we can have a live audience there may be an option to attend in person. Papers and lectures will broadcast on all three days. Saturday will also be the day for the the AGM, Annual Lecture and International Symposium.

Speakers will have the option of delivering their paper live and answering questions on zoom or pre-recording their presentations and answering questions via email. All accepted papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the proceedings which will be published on the day of the conference.

Any queries please contact Natcha Ruamsanitwong (chs@aha.cam.ac.uk)

Viewing papers and Presentations from Last Year’s Conference

The Seventh Annual CHS Conference  is 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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We are calling for more abstracts for the 8th annual conference. Please submit abstracts by 15 February. Details on front page of website

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