This session was by Matthew Bristow of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Communities and featured Rebecca Lane, senior architectural investigator for Historic England and David Clark, secretary of the Oxfordshire Buildings Record and formerly president of the Vernacular Architecture Group.

This session discussed how buildings and the built environment can be used as evidence for changes in settlement and population, social and economic history. It looked at evaluating and describing buildings and what they can show the local historian and any historian interested in place. Our experts discussed how volunteer building recording groups work and hopefully how they can contribute to writing local histories such as those published by the Victoria County History.

The aim was to understand how to write about buildings in a way that is useful to those interested in both their architecture and their historical significance.

Learn more about training available from the Institute of Historical Research.

Reading and Writing Historic Buildings
The VCH team look at how buildings and the built environment can be used as evidence for changes in settlement and population, social and economic history.

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Reading and Writing Historic Buildings- Questions and useful linksPDF571.24 KB