The Vernacular Architecture Group
The Vernacular Architecture Group was formed in 1952 to further the study of traditional buildings, originally those of the British Isles. In recent years, its membership and publications have also reflected a growing interest in buildings from other parts of the world.
Members are involved in all aspects of the recording and study of vernacular buildings including:
- Detailed local or regional surveys
- Studies of particular types of buildings including houses, farms, industrial and urban buildings
- Building materials
- Techniques of building, including carpentry and masonry
- Documentary evidence
The Group encourages communication between members in a number of ways:
- A four day conference held each spring in a different region
- A two-day winter conference with papers on one topic
- A joint weekend school with Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education
- Publication of a journal
- A twice-yearly newsletter with notices of events and new publications
- A library of offprints for circulation to members
The Group is keen to encourage authors, especially those who have not yet had the opportunity to publish in a national journal. A prize is offered annually to the best essay on a subject related to vernacular architecture. The winning entry may be published in Vernacular Architecture, the major journal in the field. For full details go to the Essay Prize page.
The Group produces a refereed journal of national standing - Vernacular Architecture - the authoritative voice on the subject. All members automatically receive a copy of Vernacular Architecture and are eligible for free online access to current and back issues. See the Publications page for full details.
LATEST NEWS: Winter Conference 2015
Booking is now open for the next winter conference which will be held in association with the Historic Farm Buildings Group at the University of Leicester on 3-4 January 2015 on the theme Farmsteads in Focus. Full details and booking forms have been sent out to members during the week beginning 10 November 2014 (by email to those who have agreed to this form of communication, and by post to everyone else). Closing date for bookings is 3 December 2014. Members can also download the leaflet and booking form by logging in to the Members' Area.
The Vernacular Architecture Group is a Registered Charity: No 279839