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 (24 April 2021)

Dendrochronology Database updated

  • The updated version of the database for 2021, which includes dendro dates from Vernacular Architecture 51 (2020), is now available. Follow the links from our Bibliography and Databases page.

East Anglia Vernacular Buildings

  • Recordings of our online conference held on 17 April 2021 are now available by following the links from our Conferences page.

Next VAG Newsletter

  • We hope to circulate the next Newsletter in July 2021.

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The Vernacular Architecture Group is a Registered Charity: No 279839