Links to other sites of interest
- National Organisations
- Sites Relating to Yorkshire
- Local and Regional Sites around Britain
- Books, Journals and Magazines
- Miscellaneous and Specialist Sites
- Overseas Sites
- Ancient Monuments Society
Information about the national society founded in 1924 for the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine old craftsmanship.
- Archaeological Data Service
Includes the VAG Dendrochronology Database and archived archaeological/architectural publications.
Information about the Royal Institute of British Architects and access to many architecture links.
- BBC History Online
Details on the BBC's history-related programmes, both past and present.
- British Association for Local History
Lots of information about Local History matters.
- British Brick Society
Details on events, membership, and links to other sites.
- Building Conservation
Online building conservation directory, collection of useful articles, and diary of events.
- Castles of Britian
A site dedicated to the study and promotion of British castles.
- Civic Voice
National charity for the civic movement in England.
- Council for British Archaeology
Comprehensive site including news items, online publications, lists of organisations and events listings.
- English Heritage
Information on English Heritage sites, access to the Buildings at Risk Register, and much other useful information.
- Friends of Friendless Churches
Society set up in 1957 to save disused places of worship, of architectural and historic interest, from destruction and demolition.
- The Georgian Group
Seeks to promote the enjoyment and understanding of the Georgian heritage.
- Historic Chapels Trust
The organisation established to take into ownership redundant chapels and other places of worship in England of outstanding architectural and historic interest.
- Historic Farm Buildings Group
Information about the group for those concerned with the past, present and future of historic farm buildings.
- Historic Houses Association
Properties to visit, events, and details of Friends of the HHA.
- Images of England
The first images in the project run by the National Monuments Record to photograph every listed building in England, linked to existing listing information about each building.
- Institute of Field Archaeologists: Buildings Archaeology Group
The group aims to promote buildings archaeology within the profession. Online newsletter available.
- Institute of Historic Building Conservation
Professional institute which represents conservation professionals in the UK.
- The National Archives
The National Archives is an organisation formed in 2003 by the merger of the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission.
- National Monuments Record
Information about the NMR's holdings, with online forms for requesting information about buildings.
- The National Trust
Places to visit, news and events.
English Heritage online resource which provides an easy-to-use way to find information about many of England's ancient and historical sites, buildings and monuments.
- Regional Furniture Society
The Society studies the rich diversity of regional furniture-making traditions, including the development of furniture designs in relation to vernacular architecture and the organisation of domestic interiors.
- The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
The RCAHMS records and interprets the sites, monuments and buildings of Scotland's past and maintains the National Monuments Record of Scotland.
- The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
The RCAHMW surveys, interprets and records the man-made environment of Wales and compiles, maintains and curates the National Monuments Record of Wales.
- SAVE Britain's Heritage
Conservation group which campaigns for endangered historic buildings.
- Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Membership, events, publications.
- Stone Roofing Association
The history, geology and use of stone roofing slates.
- Vernacular Architecture Group
Details on VAG membership, conferences and publications.
Sites Relating to Yorkshire
- Bishops House, Sheffield
Website of the Friends of Bishops House.
- British History Online
Online historical information for Yorkshire, including some Victoria County History volumes.
- Castle Howard Cruck House
The recent erection of a cruck-built summer house at the Arboretum at Castle Howard, using oak and chestnut from the Estate.
- CBA Yorkshire Group
The Yorkshire Group of the Council for British Archaeology encourages widespread participation in the county's archaeology.
- Dibbles Bridge House
The owner of this Dales house invites your thoughts about its history.
- GENUKI Yorkshire
Genealogy pages for Yorkshire, with lots of useful information and links.
- Georgian Society for East Yorkshire
The society promotes scholarship of subjects relating to the Georgian period and campaigns for the preservation of Georgian Architecture in Hull and East Yorkshire.
- Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society
Society formed to protect the architectural heritage within the area around Sheffield and to promote interest in architecture and local history.
- Holgate Windmill Preservation Society
The society set up to save York's last windmill - your support is needed!
- Howden Explored
Online town trail around the buildings of Howden, based on a book by Dr David Neave published by Mr Pye Books.
- Hull History Centre
The home of Hull City Archives, Hull Local Studies Library and Hull University Archives.
- Humber Archaeology Partnership
Archaeology in East Yorkshire, including the Humber Sites and Monuments Record.
- Imagine York
Online collection of historic photographs from the libraries and archives of York.
- The Leodis Database
A photographic archive of Leeds.
- Leeds Architectural Heritage
Information from Leeds Civic Trust on the built heritage of Leeds.
- Living with History - The Industrial Heritage of Calderdale
Martin Roe's site on the textiles, mining and quarrying industries of the Calder valley, and their associated buildings.
- Local History of the Dales
Includes information on buildings including The Old Hall, Askrigg, and Coleby Hall, Askrigg.
- Longley Old Hall
A fascinating timber-framed hall near Huddersfield, now encased in stone, recorded by the YVBSG.
- Malton Buildings Group
A site drawing together all the research going on in the area.
Natural England: Yorkshire and Humberside
Key characteristics of various parts of the county, provided by Natural England (formerly Countryside Commission).
- North Craven Heritage Trust
Organisation formed to foster interest in and care for the distinctive character and heritage of North Craven.
- North Craven Historical Research Group
A group formed to encourage, promote and facilitate research into the history, archaeology and vernacular architecture of the area of North Craven which is centred on Settle.
- North York Moors National Park Authority
Places of interest, events, accommodation.
- North Yorkshire County Council Local Studies
Includes a section on 'Looking at the History of a House', as well as other useful hints on where to find information in North Yorkshire.
- Out of Oblivion
A website produced by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority offering a window into the archaeology and history of this area and its place in the landscape, including a section on domestic architecture.
The People, Landscape and Cultural Environment Research Centre (of which the YVBSG is a partner organisation), based at the College of York St John.
- Prospect Barn, Withernwick
The ongoing story of a Holderness barn conversion with some details of the barn's features and history.
- Ripon Local Studies Research Centre
Researching the local history, family history and archaeology of Ripon and its surrounding area.
- Ryedale Vernacular Building Materials Research Group
Multi-disciplinary research group with an interest in the vernacular buildings of Ryedale, North Yorkshire, and in particular the building stones and source quarries.
- Scarborough Community Heritage Initiative
The Scarborough Community Heritage Initiative is a project to enhance knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Scarborough's heritage.
- South Yorkshire Archaeology Service
Covers the districts of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, and organises an annual Archaeology Day.
- Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Vernacular Buildings Study Group
A group studying the vernacular buildings of the Dale.
- The Lost Villages of Baildon Moor
Article from The Bradford Antiquary on life in the cottages of Baildon Moor."
- Traditional Farmsteads and their Buildings in Nidderdale AONB
Booklet published by Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 2011.
- Twixt Aire and Calder
An online archive of images of Wakefield and District and related areas.
- University of York Library - Archaeology, Conservation and Architecture information sources
List of directories, online journals, organisations and other sources of information.
- West Yorkshire Archaeology Service
Details about the SMR, publications, and other information on West Yorkshire Archaeology.
- West Yorkshire Archive Service
Online search catalogue and other information for researchers.
- Wharram Percy
Descriptions of the lost medieval village, including illustrations of peasant houses.
- York Archaeological Trust
Current archaeological research in York.
- York Art Workers Association
A group representing those who work with the application of art to building, place and interior.
- York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship
For those interested in conservation and the skills associated with it.
- Yorkshire Archaeological Society
Information about the Archive, the Society and its activities. The YAS is the Leeds-based repository of the YVBSG reports!
- Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society
An amenity society concerned with the environment and heritage of the historic County of Yorkshire.
- Yorkshire Dales Heritage Directory
A directory set up to promote communication between those with an interest in the heritage of the Yorkshire Dales area and to increase awareness of heritage projects.
- Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Events, publications, places of interest.
- Yorkshire Dialect Words of Old Norse Origin
Ever wondered where such words as laithe, boose and groop originated? This site may provide some answers.
- Yorkshire from A.D.1000 - Houses
Online extract from David Hey's book. Includes a link to the section on Farming and Industry in the same book.
- Yorkshire Philosophical Society
A charitable organisation dedicated to fostering public interest and study in all branches of the natural sciences, archaeology and history.
Local and Regional Sites around Britain
- Buildings of Cumbria
Details and photographs of various types of buildings in Cumbria and information about the architects who worked on them.
- Buildings in Herefordshire
Site maintained by the Herefordshire Sites and Monuments Records Office.
- Centre for North-West Regional Studies
Details of events, local history seminars, publications etc, over the county border in Lancashire.
- Domestic Buildings Research Group (Surrey)
A group engaged in the study and recording of traditional domestic architecture, mainly in Surrey.
- 51 Fleetgate, Barton upon Humber
Barton's oldest building, with crown post roof.
- Heritage Trust of
Includes information on Lincolnshire's historic buildings.
- Norfolk Historic Buildings Group
Membership, events, publications of the Norfolk group.
- Oxfordshire Buildings Record
A group researching the buildings of Oxfordshire.
- Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group
Website of the group generating interest in Scotland's building traditions.
- Structural Images of the North East
University of Newcastle database of images of various structures from Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Teesside.
- Suffolk Historic Buildings Group
Membership, events, publications of the Suffolk group.
- Essex Historic Buildings Group
Membership, events, publications of the Essex group.
- North East Vernacular Architecture Group
Membership, events, publications of NEVAG.
- East Midlands Earth Structures Society
Membership, events, publications.
- Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
Open-air buildings museum in Worcestershire.
- Chiltern Open Air Museum
Information about over 30 rescued historic buildings at this Buckinghamshire site.
- Ryedale Folk Museum
Open air museum at Hutton-le-Hole housing several vernacular buildings from the North York Moors.
- Swaledale Museum
An independent museum concerned with the heritage of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.
- Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Information about the West Sussex museum and its buildings, courses, events and bookshop.
- Wortley Top Forge Industrial Museum
A seventeenth century iron forge with ancillary buildings in South Yorkshire.
- Yorkshire Dales Countryside Museum
Museum in Hawes managed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
Books, Journals and Magazines
- Current Archaeology
Online version of Current Archaeology magazine.
- Hudsons Historic Houses & Gardens
Online version of the guide book on historic houses and gardens, castles and heritage sites in Britain.
- Local History Online
For news, resources, information, courses and nearly 1000 local history links. Also a calendar of events and local history books for sale online.
- Looking at Buildings
Site created by the Pevsner Architectural Guides and the Buildings Books Trust, providing information on understanding buildings and on exploring buildings in various cities, including Leeds and Sheffield.
- Pevsner Architectural Guides
Details of the Pevsner volumes.
- Vernacular Architecture
The annual journal of the Vernacular Architecture Group, now published by Maney Publishing.
- Victoria County History
Current developments in the 'greatest publishing project in English local history'.
Miscellaneous and Specialist Sites
- A2A Access to Archives
The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day.
The purpose of this site is to present and gather information on a rather unusual range of objects that can be discovered hidden within the walls and under the floors of old buildings.
- British Archaeological Jobs Resource
Not just jobs, but other useful information too.
- The 1901 Census for England and Wales
Free searching of the fully indexed database then pay for access to detailed information and images.
- Church Plans Online
Online access to digitised images of the 13,000 church plans in the Incorporated Church Building Society's archive.
- Cruck Construction:
an introduction and catalogue
Digitised version of CBA Research Report No 42 (1981) by N W Alcock, hosted by the Archaeological Data Service.
- Deliberately Concealed Garments Project
A University of Southampton project investigating items of clothing deliberately hidden or buried in a building.
- Early and Vernacular Door Fittings
Article by Linda Hall (one of a series of articles available on the Building Conservation website).
- Exploring the Round Houses of Doves
Article by Klara Spandl in British Archaeology on dovecotes in Britain.
- Festival of British Archaeology
Annual extravaganza of heritage events organised by the Council for British Archaeology.
- Heritage Open Days
Annual event allowing visitors free access to interesting properties not normally open to the public.
- Homes through Time
Educational site focusing on London buildings.
- IBRA Bee Boles Register
The International Bee Research Association Bee Boles Register database, which contains 1370 records and over 1100 images of bee boles and bee shelters.
- Landmark Information Group's Historic Maps
Historic maps online.
- Living under a Medieval Field
Article by John Letts in British Archaeology on the evidence for medieval cereal crops and weeds that survives in the thatched roofs of southern England.
- Mills Archive Trust
A new archive and resource library specialising in traditional mills and milling, and with plans to introduce online information soon.
- Notes on the
Investigation of Smaller Domestic Buildings
Digitised version of CBA Research Report No 3 (1955), hosted by the Archaeological Data Service.
- The Online House Detective
Website inspired by the BBC TV series 'The House Detectives' and based on the book Tracing the History of Your House by Nick Barratt.
- The Pigeon Cote of Old
Online information about dovecotes organised by county (as well as some in France and Greece).
- Sources for Building History
Lots of useful information compiled by Jean Manco.
- Timber Framed Houses
Lachlan's site on the construction of timber framed buildings.
- VAG Bibliography of Vernacular Architecture
Online database version of the Bibliography of the Vernacular Architecture Group, hosted by the Archaeology Data Service.
- VAG Cruck Database
Online database version of the Vernacular Architecture Group's cruck catalogue, created by Nat Alcock.
- VAG Dendrochronology Database
Online database of tree-ring dates for almost 1200 vernacular buildings in the United Kingdom.
- VAG Wealden Houses Database
New database on this distinctive medieval structural type of building.
- Windmill World
Windmills and watermills in Britain and around the world.
- The Barn Journal
Traditional farm architecture of the US.
- The Cob Cottage Company
Site based in the US containing all you ever wanted to know about cob buildings!
- Great Buildings Online
A gateway to architecture around the world.
- Timber Framers Guild
The Timber Framers Guild of North America.
- Vernacular Architecture Forum
The Vernacular Architecture Forum of North America.
- Vernacular Architecture in Rural and Small Town Missouri
Online edition of a publication by Howard Wight Marshall.
- Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa
Information about the society founded by Dr James Walton (formerly of Yorkshire, and author of Homesteads of the Yorkshire Dales) in 1964.