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Annual Conferences and Autumn Meets

All our events are open to non-members and we are delighted to welcome local people to the Annual Conferences as non-residents. The Annual Conference in late April is spread over two or four days; the autumn meeting is just one day in early November. Most of our meetings have a firm emphasis on site visits rather than on formal lectures.

Following the successful joint excursion with the Cumbrian Vernacular Buildings Group in June 2017, another one is planned for 2018 – this time in Cumbria. Details should be announced on this website next spring, and will be emailed to all those members for whom we have accurate addresses.


Buildings in Baldernock, Saturday 29th September, 1.30pm – 5.30pm.

This is a visit to three buildings around the parish of Baldernock, a few miles north of Glasgow:

  1. Wester Acredyke – a former longhouse, built in the late 18th century on a site occupied since the 16th century (described in Vernacular Building 36 and 40);
  2. The doocot at Dougalston Estate (summarised in VB 39, with more detail in the forthcoming VB 41);
  3. The Mill House by Baldernock Mill. The doocot dates from the mid- to late 18th century and The Mill House probably from the early 19th century.

There is a limit of 24 persons, to be divided into two parties of 12. One party will meet at the doocot and then move to The Mill House. That group will then move on for a tour of Wester Acredyke (a drive of about 2 miles), finishing there with tea. The other party will begin at Wester Acredyke and then move on to the doocot and The Mill House and have tea there.

If you wish to participate, please email Niall Logan at before mid-August.

  Wester Acredyke  

Clay building: hands-on day, Saturday 28th July

This joint event organised by the Cumbria Vernacular Building Group will take place from 10am-4pm at the Priorslynn Bothy, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway, DG14 0SY.

The venue is an 18th-century, cruck-framed, mud-walled byre; a very important and rare survival. Details of the day are not yet finalised, but you will probably need to bring a packed lunch, and there might be a nominal charge for materials.

If you wish to attend, please contact Niall Logan ( as soon as you can, so that we can estimate numbers; your expression of interest will not constitute a commitment!

  Priorslynn Bothy  
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