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News and Notices from the VAG and other groups or organisations.

Call for entries: Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World

Expressions of interest to contribute to the second revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World are now invited.

The Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World will be a fully revised, updated and expanded edition of Paul Oliver’s classic 1997 publication. Featuring approximately 3000 entries, the encyclopedia will contain over 30% entirely new material and will be available as a six volume printed work and as an interactive online encyclopedia. The encyclopedia will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2018.

The deadline for submissions of all expressions of interest is 1 October 2015. Please visit for full details.

June 2015

Architecture for All: The Photography of Paul Oliver

An exhibition showcasing a selection of photographs from the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library collection, will open in the Long Gallery of the Pitt Rivers Museum on Saturday 16 May 2015. For details see The exhibition will run until 12 October 2015.

A Spotlight Talk about the exhibition will take place in the Museum on Saturday 16 May 2015 at 2.30pm. Details about the photograph competition (#architecture4all) and other activities that go with the exhibition will be available later on the POVAL Facebook site.

May 2015

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Annual Lecture and AGM

On Friday 19 June 2015, Professor Chris Dyer will give a lecture entitled ‘Medieval peasants and their barns’, with special reference to Gloucestershire. Everybody welcome - 7.30pm in Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE.

Details from the website, from the Facebook page or by emailing Linda Hall.

May 2015

After Margaret Spufford Conference

A conference on English local history will be held at the University of Roehampton (London) on 19-20 June 2015.

The conference aims both to celebrate and commemorate, and to assess and evaluate, the contribution made by Professor Margaret Spufford to early modern history in both its content and its methods.

The conference will have three sections: local history; financial/Hearth Tax history; and social/religious history.

Margaret's major publications - Contrasting Communities (1974), Small Books and Pleasant Histories (1981), The Great Reclothing (1984), The World of Rural Dissenters (1995), and Figures in the Landscape (2000) - addressed key issues in the history of English early modern rural communities, and took local history in new directions. However, the conference has a wider remit and aims to address a broad range of topics in English early-modern history.

Renowned national and international speakers have confirmed their attendance. A call for papers for a postgraduate session has been issued.

Full details are available on the After Margaret Spufford Conference website.

December 2014