The Group produces a refereed journal of national standing - Vernacular Architecture - the authoritative voice on the subject. It ranges over the whole field, nationally and internationally, reporting the results of recent research or reconsidering accepted views. It carries numerous reviews and also includes annual lists of buildings for which tree-ring dates have been obtained.
All members automatically receive a copy of Vernacular Architecture and are eligible for free online access to current and back issues. Members who would like online access should complete the Vernacular Architecture Online request form.
Non-members may subscribe to Vernacular Architecture via Maney Publishing. The contents list of the latest volume appears below, as well as a selection of sample papers from earlier volumes.
Contents list for Vernacular Architecture 43 (2012):
Debates and Speculations
- An internet-accessible building archaeology research database (BARD) - Andy Moir, Rod Wild and Richard Haddlesey
Materials and Construction
- Saw marks in vernacular buildings and their wider significance - Duncan James
- An early fifteenth-century Warwickshire cruck house using joggled halvings - Nat Alcock and Dan Miles
Analysis and Interpretation
- The provision of services in medieval houses in Kent - Sarah Pearson
- The courtyard in rural homesteads of Bangladesh - Iftekhar Ahmed
Dating: Theory and Practice
- Structural trends in English medieval buildings: new insights from dendrochronology - Bob Meeson
- Radiocarbon date list 3 - Nat Alcock, John Allan and Dan Miles
- Tree-Ring Date Lists 2012 - Nat Alcock and Cathy Tyers
- English Heritage, Centre for Archaeology, list of tree-ring dating reports for 2011
Some sample papers from earlier volumes of Vernacular Architecture are available to view free of charge:
- 'The building of the clay dabbins of the Solway Plain: materials and man-hours' by Nina Jennings, VA 33 (2002), 19-27.
- 'Display, status and the vernacular tradition' by Nicholas Cooper, VA 33 (2002), 28-33.
- 'Detached kitchens in Eastern Sussex' by David & Barbara Martin, VA 28 (1997), 85-91.
This has since been the subject of further discussion:
- 'Detached kitchens or adjoining houses?' by J T Smith, VA 32 (2001), 16-19 and
- 'Detached kitchens or adjoining houses? - a response' by David & Barbara Martin, VA 32 (2001), 20-33.
- 'History and Vernacular Architecture' by Christopher Dyer, VA 28 (1997), 1-8.
- 'Smoke bay or open hall?' by N W Alcock, VA 29 (1998), 82-84.
- 'Tree-Ring Dating: a Review' by Sarah Pearson, VA 28 (1997), 25-39.
- Updated in The Chronological Distribution of Tree-Ring Dates, 1980-2001: an update by Sarah Pearson, VA 32 (2001), 68-69.
- 'Late 12th and early 13th century aisled buildings: a comparison' by John Walker, VA 30 (1999), 21-53 (an important paper discussing many of the earliest timber-framed buildings that survive in England).