Construction History Society

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The society's journal, Construction History.

The Construction History Society (not to be confused with the Construction History Society of America) is a learned society that promotes the international study of the history of construction.[1][2] Though based in Britain, it is interested in the history of construction of all countries and particularly how those histories inter-relate. A key aim is the preservation of the primary records of construction companies and individuals. [3] The society publishes a peer-reviewed journal – Construction History – twice a year; and a magazine – The Construction Historian – as and when it can. It hosts an annual conference at Cambridge University and supports the triennial conferences if its sister organisations worldwide.

The society has approximately 350 members, drawn from all parts of the world, and is managed by a board of trustees, all of whom give their time freely. The society is a registered charity and its registered address is the Department of Architecture and Art History at Cambridge University.


The society was formed as the Construction History Group in 1983, but later changed its name to the Construction History Society. It has sponsored three international conferences on the history of construction at Queens' College, Cambridge University, and supported by the Cambridge School of Architecture, in 2014, 2015, and 2016.[4][5][6] The society is a registered charity.[1]

The chairman is Dr. James W.P. Campbell of the University of Cambridge.[7]


The society has published a peer-reviewed journal, Construction History,[8] since 1985[9] which is abstracted and indexed in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index,[10] SCOPUS and the Web of Science.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Charity overview". Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  2. ^ "The Construction History Society". 9 April 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Construction History Society". Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Construction History Society: First National Conference 11-12th April 2014 — Department of Architecture". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Second Annual Construction History Society Conference 2015 and International Colloquium on Construction History — Department of Architecture". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Third CHS Annual Conference 8-9 April 2016 - The Construction History Society". 20 August 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ Dr. James W.P. Campbell MA DipArch PhD (Cantab) RIBA IHBC FSA. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  8. ^ De Luise, Alexandra; Martin, Richard H.; Sigala, Stephanie (April 1988). "Construction History: Journal of the Construction History Society". Art Documentation. 7 (1): 37.
  9. ^ Dr Bill Addis. "The contribution made by the Journal Construction History towards establishing the history of construction as an academic discipline" (PDF). Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Journal Search - IP & Science - Thomson Reuters". Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Construction History in Citation Indexes - The Construction History Society". Retrieved 19 May 2016.

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