Founded in 1996, the second oldest Construction History society in the world (CHS is the oldest). Holds regular National Congresses and was responsible for holding the first International Congress on Construction History in Madrid in 2003. Website contains links to many sources for construction history, especially in Spanish.
The Construction History Society of America(USA)
Our affiliated society in the USA. With interest in construction history growing in the United States an organizing committee was formed in May 2007. Hold regular conferences and events in the United States.
Founded in 2013, after two successful conferences on Francophone Construction History. The Society has a site providing a good set of bibliographical links and news on the latest events.
Founded in 1999, the Association of Edoardo Benvenuto studies history of science encompassing the history of building. Good set of publications available online.
Created in June 2013, the German Society of construction history with a strong engineering and conservation interest.
Created in 2015, the youngest Society of Construction History,
Italian history of engineering society founded in en 2004. It has organised five conferences in Naples (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) , the proceeding of four of which are available online.
Founded in 1920, the Newcomen Society studies the History of Engineer and Technology, including building technology. Produces peer-reviewed journal The International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology (formerly the Transactions of the Newcomen Society).
Study group that is open to non-engineers, and provides regular lectures on the history of structural engineering in London.
Produces a newsletter and does visits to historical structures but restricted in membership to ICE. Library of ICE has a good collection of works on the history of engineering.
Society entirely devoted to the study of the history of bricks and brickwork. Publishes journal entitled Information
The Carpenters Fellowship
Society for those carrying out traditional timber-framing. Publishes Mortice and Tenon, periodical on framing and its development with occasional historical articles. See also the French site Carpenters from Europe and Beyond
Focused on historic ironwork, holds regular events and training courses.
Devoted as the name suggests to terracotta and tiles. Produces and academic journal ( Journal of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society) and a magazine.
Society for the study of tools including tools used in the woodworking trades. Produces regular journal entitled Tools and Trades.
As the names suggests, society for the study of wallpaper, producing a WHS Newsletter.
Building Conservation Masterclasses
The programme of English Heritage Recognised Building Conservation Masterclasses (BCMs) at West Dean provides training in technical and practical skills in the repair and maintenance of historic structures. These intensive short courses have been designed by, and are delivered by, leading practitioners in the field of building conservation.
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation is a multi-disciplinary organisation and the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland.
Information source for the owners of listed buildings in the UK.
A statutory amenity society (meaning that it has to be consulted on all works to listed buildings), this society looks after and campaigns for UK buildings built before 1720. Its magazine, Cornerstone, carries articles on building history and restoration which includes some articles on the history of construction.
A statutory amenity society (meaning that it has to be consulted on all works to listed buildings), this society looks after and campaigns for UK buildings built between 1720 and 1837. It has a magazine and a learned journal. The Georgian Group Journal published occasional articles on 17th and 18th century building construction.
A statutory amenity society (meaning that it has to be consulted on all works to listed buildings), this society looks after and campaigns for UK buildings built between 1837 and 1914. It has a journal entitled the Victorian which occasionally covers subjects of construction history.
A statutory amenity society (meaning that it has to be consulted on all works to listed buildings), this society looks after and campaigns for UK buildings built after 1914 . It has a journal entitled the C20th magazine which occasionally covers subjects of construction history.
Founded in 1988, Docomomo is an organisation whose full title is the International Working Party for Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement. It campaigns actively for the preservation of Modern Movement buildings. It has branches in 60 countries. Its journal carries some articles on construction and preservation,but is chiefly concerned with 20th century architectural history, entirely devoted to the Modern Movement.
In 1967 Avoncroft Museum was opened to the public following the rescue and reconstruction of a Medieval Town House from Bromsgrove town centre. Avoncroft’s priority is to retain historic buildings in their original location. The Museum now displays and cares for over 25 historic buildings and structures.
Victorian colliery village.
Good displays and runs courses in Historic Building Conservation, has 50 buildings in a 50 acre site.
Seventh Annual Conference will move online. Queens’ College is cancelling conferences to be held in the college over the break. The proceedings are complete, so we will be moving to an online format this year. All speakers are being asked to record their talks in the next 14 days. We will have the capacity to have live question and answer sessions. Next year’s conference will be held on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April 2021 (Two full days) with departure after breakfast on the Monday 19th April 2021All News
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