Internet Resources

Below are links to some useful resources for Building Archaeology

Internet Databases

  • Building Archaeology Research Database (BARD) – provides an easy-to-use method for recording the key features in buildings, and helps to date the construction of a building.
  • Images of England at (you need to register to allow advanced searches). This contains a photographic library of England’s listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century. You can view over 300,000 images of England’s built heritage.
  • Dendrochronology Database at (you will need to register with the Archaeology Data Service to use this database). Alternatively, summary tables of tree-ring dated buildings in England are available at:

Commissioning Local Research

Gloucestershire House Histories – a bespoke house history research service, researching local and family history in Gloucestershire.

Local Research Groups

Gloucestershire Local History Association – includes representatives from many local history societies in the county, the county record office and local studies centres, and meets quarterly to discuss matters relating to local history in Gloucestershire.

National Organisations

Building archaeology courses

Archaeology A-Level at Cirencester College (site includes an interesting newsletters)

Archaeology Foundation Degree at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester:  this includes a module on Standing Buildings and Historical Conservation and links to the GBRG. There are still places available if anybody is interested in applying to start in 2014. Any queries can be directed to (, or the Programme Manager Ian Grange ( Further details are available from RAC

Archaeology (Postgraduate Certificate) at University of Leicester: a module on the Archaeology of Standing Buildings provides you with an archaeological understanding of building construction and evolution and the ability to recognise different building materials and to determine the different functions of buildings. Students are introduced to analytical and survey skills and to more sophisticated methods of investigation. You will also be encouraged to investigate buildings in your own locality and to produce a detailed survey and report on one such building as part of your coursework. Further details at: University of Leicester

(Please contact us, if you are aware of any other courses which we could add here.)

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