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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.


Industrial Archaeology Conference, Caithness 2018

SVBWG is pleased to announce details of a conference in Caithness from 22-27 June, organised jointly with the Scottish Industrial Heritage Society and Historic Environment Scotland. The vernacular architectural quality of Caithness is very much related to a geology that supports the use of sandstone flagstones, as pavement walling and roofing. Caithness is also an excellent place to explore the functional requirement of the fishing industry, with harbours, cooperages, ice houses and smoking houses.

This conference includes talks, tours and site visits in and around Caithness, with options starting and finishing in Inverness and a day in Orkney. Accommodation must be booked separately, according to your preferences. Most of the hotels and B&B are within walking distance of each other and of the venue for talks.

Download the booking form and the full programme.

Book before 11 March 2018 to get a £10 discount.

Please see these links to partner organisations:
Scottish Industrial Heritage Society
The Engine Shed - Historic Environment Scotland


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!

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