Architectural History Societies
The Alexander Thomson Society The Society publishes an annual journal. As well as providing a useful resource for students and academics, the Journal is also of interest to a wider audience. Reviews of books, exhibitions and events, news on Thomson collections and updates on developments/conservation programmes are included along with new research.
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland The society is concerned with campaigning to protect Scotland’s architectural heritage, and organises frequent study tours and lectures.
Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings The ASCHB is a forum for all professionals working in the field of architectural conservation. The current membership of more than 350 includes architects, surveyors, engineers, conservators, scientists, archaeologists, building performance experts, historians, government advisors, property and estate managers, and many other professionals. They look at issues involving all types and periods of significant buildings, monuments, and landscapes. ASCHB also maintains close links with other organisations, such as English Heritage, the SPAB, IHBC, EASA and COTAC.
British Archaeological Association The BAA holds an annual conference and publishes the proceedings, with an emphasis on (though not confined to) medieval art and architectural history.
The CFA Voysey Society The CFA Voysey Society has been founded to celebrate the achievement of the architect and designer Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857-1941), one of the leading figures in both the Arts and Crafts movement and its immediate successors. It is the Society’s objective to encourage research into all aspects of Voysey’s life and work and to help to maintain his legacy.
European Architectural History Network Centred at the Technical University, Delft, the EAHN is a recently founded and growing organisation with a regular international academic conference; tours and one-day symposia; an email list and newsletter; and a website including notices of events and book reviews.
The Lutyens Trust A charity dedicated to preserving and promoting the spirit and substance of Lutyens heritage. Their intervention and influence has helped protect many Lutyens buildings from harm. They are developing the first comprehensive on-line Gazetteer of Lutyens works which will soon be made accessible to the public. They arrange for our members tours of private houses as well as an annual study week at our own Lutyens house, Goddards in Surrey.
The Pugin Society A registered charity founded in 1995 to celebrate the buildings, decorative designs and writings of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin and the members of the Pugin family. The Pugin Society is a group of like minded people, intent upon promoting the life and works of this extraordinary and prolific man. They endeavour to preserve, protect and guard Pugin’s precious gifts for our heritage, holding talks, trips, lectures, and excursions for the enjoyment of all members. The society is open to anyone interested in Pugin and the Gothic revival.
Society of Architectural Historians Founded in 1940 and based in Chicago, the SAH is the largest international architectural history organisation with an annual conference, highly regarded quarterly journal and many other events and study trips.
Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand SAHANZ was established in 1984, and has an annual international conference as well as publishing the academic journal Fabrications.
The Society for Church Archaeology Promotes the study and conservation of churches, with a journal, newsletter and a research grant for church archaeology.
The William Morris Society The society aims to perpetuate the memory of one of the greatest men of the Victorian, or any, age. The life, work and ideas of William Morris (1834-1896) are as important today as they were in his lifetime. The Society, established in 1955, publishes a Journal, Newsletter and commentaries on all aspects of Morris’s work and runs a varied series of talks and visits throughout the year. It encourages the re-publication of Morris’s works and the continued manufacture of his textile and wallpaper designs.
Cadw The Welsh Assembly Government’s historic environment division, it aims to protect and sustain, encourage community engagement in, and improve access to the historic environment of Wales, including historic buildings, ancient monuments, historic parks, gardens and landscapes, and underwater archaeology.
Historic England Advises the government on historic buildings, creates and maintains the statutory listing of historic buildings, advises on conservation, conducts research in architectural history, maintains sites of historic interest and educates the public on the historic environment. The website includes access to the National Heritage List.
Historic Scotland An executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland RCAHMS collects, records and interprets information on the architectural, industrial, archaeological and maritime heritage of Scotland. Its publicly accessible database, Canmore, includes digital images and detailed information on historic buildings in Scotland.
Ancient Monuments Society A National Amenity Society advising the government on conservation, which campaigns for the preservation of historic monuments, and publishes a list of buildings under threat.
The Garden History Society The oldest society in the world dedicated to the conservation and study of historic designed gardens and landscapes. Campaigns to save and conserve historic gardens and advises the government on their protection.
The Georgian Group The national charity dedicated to preserving Georgian buildings and gardens, consulted on planning applications involving demolition or alterations. The group offers grants for conservation and awards for exemplary projects.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the destructive ‘restoration’ of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage, and encouraging excellence in new design to enrich and complement the historic environment.
The Twentieth Century Society Exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards. The Society’s prime objectives are conservation, to protect the buildings and design that characterise the Twentieth Century in Britain, and education, to extend our knowledge and appreciation of them, including an annual academic journal.
The Victorian Society Concerned with campaigning for the protection of Victorian and Edwardian buildings.
Architectural Humanities Research Association Support network for researchers in architectural humanities across the UK and beyond, with email newsletter and regular events including an annual international conference.
Association of Art Historians The national organisation for professional art historians and researchers in the field, organises an international academic conference and publishes the leading peer-reviewed journal Art History.
The Construction History Society Academic organisation promoting research in Construction History, with leading academic journal, annual international conference and student awards.
Council for British Archaeology The CBA is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment.
The Ecclesiological Society For anyone interested in the architecture, art and liturgy of the Christian church. Organises regular lectures and building visits and publishes a journal, Ecclesiology Today.
Friends of Friendless Churches Campaigns for the preservation of ancient and beautiful but redundant churches; owns over 40 former places of worship in England and Wales for public access and enjoyment.
Institute of Historic Building Conservation The IHBC is the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland. Especially concerned with offering and accrediting courses in conservation.
Looking at Buildings An introductory resource in architectural history, with guides to historic architecture in English cities.
Pevsner Architectural Guides The classic standard guidebooks to British and Irish architecture.
The Victoria County History An encyclopaedic record of England’s places and people from earliest times to the present day, entirely digitised and available online.