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

  • Next VAG Newsletter. The latest Newsletter was posted to members in the week beginning 11 October 2021.

  • VAG Members Meeting. We are holding an additional event in our programme, to compensate for the lack of in-person meetings. This will take the form of an online event comprising presentations by members on Saturday 23 October 2021 via Zoom. Booking details have been emailed on 16 October 2021 to VAG members who have agreed to receive messages from us. A link to the booking page is also available on the Members' Area.

  • Winter Conference 2022. Planning future conferences is still difficult and we continue to monitor and review the possibility of resuming our conferences in person. A short poll was recently emailed to all members who have agreed to receive messages from us, asking for preferences as to the format and timing of the next winter conference. We'll take the responses into account when planning the conference, as far as is possible.

  • Spring Conference 2022. Whilst we still hope to hold a physical spring conference next year we are looking at the possibility of moving the April date to the summer months. We would very much like to see you all again soon but in the changing climate would like to do so in the safest possible way. We will continue looking at the options available to us to keep everyone safe, and more information will be made available once guidelines to such events become clearer.

    16 October 2021








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