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Recommended reading

This list aims to be short enough to be manageable for beginners who are not following a structured course led by a tutor. You are strongly advised to contact one of the VAG-affiliated regional and local vernacular architecture groups for advice on studies that might be essential to add to the list below.

Some books are out of print and expensive even from online resellers, but some are available from local groups, or in reference libraries and as e-books. Often they have gone through more than one edition – try to obtain the latest. Additionally, Shire Books publish pamphlets and short books which provide a cheap, basic introduction to many related subjects.

The list below is also published here in pdf format for easy printing: Recommended reading booklist


1. INTRODUCTIONS AND OVERVIEWS

Good starters, even though some of them were published a long time ago:

2. THE VOCABULARY OF VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE

3. HOW TO RECORD A STANDING BUILDING

There is no accepted national handbook on what to do and how to do it. We suggest:

4. MATERIALS

5. REGIONAL AND COUNTY STUDIES OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE

Local studies can make ideal reading for beginners – ask your local Group for suggestions. The following are significant over all or much of England:

6. FARM BUILDINGS

7. DOCUMENTARY RESEARCH

8. HOUSE INTERIORS

9. LANDSCAPE STUDIES

THE VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE GROUP

The Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG) is the national body for learners, academics, practitioners, and interested owners.

Suggestions regarding this list are welcome, addressed to webmaster@vag.org.uk.

February 2018


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