fonds VAG - Records of the Vernacular Architecture Group

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Records of the Vernacular Architecture Group


  • 1952-2011 (Creation)

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0.184 cubic metres

10 boxes

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Administrative history

The Vernacular Architecture Group was formed in 1952 to further the study of traditional buildings, originally those of the British Isles but more recently from around the world. The Group’s inaugural meeting was held in London in 1954 and membership is by annual subscription.

In 1971 the Group began publishing an annual journal, ‘Vernacular Architecture,’ and in 1972 they published their first 'Bibliography on Vernacular Architecture' edited by Sir Robert de Zouche Hall, founding Secretary of the Group and President from 1972-1973.

Today the Group holds annual Spring and Winter conferences and continues to publish ‘Vernacular Architecture’ and to periodically update its Bibliography with volume 6 expected in 2015.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute by the Vernacular Architecture Group in 1989. Further additions were made to the archive in 1990, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2017.

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Scope and content

Administrative papers of the VAG including: rules 1955-2005; President’s file 1969-198;, committee minutes 1958-2010; annual general meeting minutes and papers 1952-2009; annual accounts 1969-1977; account book 1970-1978, reports to the committee 1971-1985; membership lists, 1953-2009; correspondence 1965-2011; papers and photographs relating to the Group’s annual conference 1958-62, 1974-1979, 2004; material relating to VAG publications including circulars 1953-1981, offprint and manuscript library lists, 1967-2008, correspondence concerning the Cruck catalogue, 1969-1991, correspondence concerning the Bibliography of Vernacular Architecture, the Vernacular Architecture Journal, and Period Home Journal 1963-1991; photograph and digital field guide relating to the VAG tour of North America Sept 2004; material concerning related organisations including papers and correspondence of the Manchester Vernacular Architecture Research Group 1965-1974, newsletter of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Vernacular Buildings Study Group 1974, correspondence concerning the Historic Farm Buildings Group 1984-1984, newsletter of the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group 2006.


Further accruals are expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute. This includes all material received up to and including 2006.

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 07.05.15. Revised and updated to incorporate the 2017 accession on 11.09.2017.




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