An international organisation for all those interested in lesser traditional buildings

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
  • An occasional 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 (index available on Members' Area)

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


    Trans-National Connections - Vernacular Architecture in Britain & Beyond

    VAG Winter Conference to be held at College Court, University of Leicester, 7-8 January 2023

    Vernacular architecture studies in the UK have often focused on the nations that make up the island of Britain England, Scotland, and Wales or, more often, on particular regions within those nations. In contrast, this conference will explore patterns that transcend regional and national boundaries, especially the ways in which buildings in different parts of Britain may share features with building traditions elsewhere in the world.

    We welcome papers from any time period that explore the relationship between British vernacular building styles and those of the rest of Continental Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland, and the Isle of Man. We are also interested in connections further afield, throughout the British diaspora, particularly in relation to colonial contexts where British building styles and methods were adapted or transformed, as well as where colonial or indigenous building practices influenced British architecture. Papers might explore building types, methods of construction, or use of space, or any other way in which trans national connections can be found.

    This conference will take place in person, but contributions from speakers presenting on Zoom may also be considered. Submissions are encouraged from academics, students, and non academics alike. A small number of bursaries are available for students or early career professionals to enable their attendance at the conference.

    Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be emailed to Adrian Green at by 31 August 2022.

    This Call for Papers is also available in pdf format.

Updated 3 August 2022

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