An international organisation for all those interested in lesser traditional buildings


The Group's conferences are where members meet to study buildings and discuss their findings. Conferences are open to all members.

Spring Conferences

In the spring members and guests meet in a different part of the country each year to visit a selection of buildings in the local vernacular tradition. Local experts are on hand to explain the background and more experienced members help others to interpret them. In the evenings, lectures and discussions allow the day's findings to be explored further.

Somerset conference 2006

Spring Conference 2018

Spring Conference Bursaries

Previous Spring Conferences

Winter Conferences

The winter conference takes a theme of current interest and explores it in depth through papers given by experts in the field.

Winter Conference 2018

Winter Conference Bursaries

Previous Winter Conferences

Oxford Weekend Schools

The Group contributes to an annual weekend school held in Oxford in the autumn and run by the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. It is open to the public.

Previous Oxford Weekend Schools

Tip: if all the residential places on Oxford Weekend Schools are already taken, you may be able to find alternative student accommodation in Oxford at various prices via University-Rooms.

Other Conferences and Visits

Visit to France 2016
The VAG arranged a trip to the Maine region of France on 23-27 June 2016. A full report is available on the Members' Area.

Visit to Denmark
The VAG organised a trip to Denmark on 8-14 June 2014, visiting a number of historic towns and some of the many long-established folk museums, where historic buildings have been collected together to illustrate the regional differences.

Saeters and Stave Churches
The group organised a tour to Norway on 16-26 June 2011 to visit some of its notable timber buildings. These images of Norwegian houses and scenery were sketched by VAG member Malcolm Birdsall some twenty-five years ago (copyright reserved). A full report is available on the Members' Area.