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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NINTH annual CONFERENCE 1-3 April 2022

The ninth annual conference of the Construction History Society will be held from Friday-Sunday 1-3 April 2022 in Queens’ College, Cambridge. The theme will be Timber Construction.  It will be preceded by a one day conference on Thursday 31 March on James Essex, the eighteenth century architect and builder. The conference will be in hybrid mode with a live audience in Queens’ and live presentations but where necessary presentations online. All those delivering papers must register for the conference. The committee aim to produce the printed proceedings to be available on the first day f he conference. Calls for abstracts:

Call for abstracts James Essex Conference  31 March 2022

Call for abstracts Timber in Construction

Call for abstracts General Papers on Construction

Call for abstracts Special Session on Fountains and Water Supply

Abstracts must be sent to chs@aha.cam.ac.uk by 29 November 2021. Acceptances will be provided by 5 December 2021. Full papers must be sent to the scientific committee by 14 February 2022.

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 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 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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The calls for abstracts for the next annual conference to be held in Queens’ College, Cambridge 1-3 April 2022 are available here:

Timber Call for Abstracts 2022

Call for Abstracts. CHS.2022.General.Day2.

Call for Abstracts.CHS.2022.General.Day2.Special Session.Fountains

The call for abstracts for the one-day conference on James Essex to be held on 31 March 2022 is available here:

Call for Abstracts 2022. . James Essex

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