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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The ninth annual conference of the Construction History Society will be held from 1-3 April 2022 in Queens’ College, Cambridge. The call for abstracts will be released on 15 September 2021.

Proceedings 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 conference proceedings are being prepared and will be available by the end of September to order under publications on this website. We also hope to have the full proceedings and videos available online by the end of September 2021


Proceedings of the Seventh Annual CHS Conference, 2020

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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