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

  • Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held by Zoom on Monday 24 January 2022 at 7.30pm. Details are being emailed or posted to members, and are also available on the Members' Area.

  • Winter Conference 2022. Unfortunately, owing to COVID, we will not be holding our usual winter meeting in Leicester. Instead, there will be a day conference online on Saturday 19 February 2022, on the topic Upstairs/Downstairs - Room Use in Buildings in Britain. Full details to follow. We hope to return to Leicester in January 2023 for a residential conference.

  • Spring Conference 2022. The Norfolk Historic Buildings Group have kindly agreed to organise a hybrid conference in April 2022 instead of a Spring Conference this year. This will comprise virtual tours of buildings we would have seen on the conference. We are hoping to also have a day visit to Kings Lynn which will require members to organise their own travel/accommodation, more details will follow. We are continuing to hope to return to the usual programme of conferences in 2023, and will continue to keep assessing the risks to members.

  • Next VAG Newsletter. The next Newsletter will be published in early 2022.

16 December 2021

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The Vernacular Architecture Group is a Registered Charity: No 279839