About Us

The group was founded in 1985 as a response to the increasing loss of traditional farm buildings from our landscape. It developed with help from Dr Roy Brigden of the Museum of Rural Life at Reading University and others including Nigel Harvey who was the Group's first Chairman and later Honorary President. 

Its principal aims are to encourage understanding of all parts of historic farmsteads, including their related equipment, and what they tell us about agriculture, building techniques and rural communities in the past in Britain; and with the object of promoting their conservation and the continued use of the farmsteads as a whole in the future, in recognition of their intrinsic historic importance, as well as their contribution to the distinctive character of the local landscape. 

The HFBG has produced annual Reviews containing a variety of articles relating to farm building topics. The HFBG organises an annual conference as well as occasional special conferences focusing on particular issues of the day. Past conferences have been held in cooperation with both the Netherlands and Italian counterparts. 

Current members include Farmers, Conservationists, Land agents, Geographers, Landowners, Historians, Archaeologist, Architects, Surveyors, Residents of farmsteads, Agricultural Consultants, and other Interested individuals. 
Annual subscription
Membership is open to all who care about old farm buildings, their history and their protection. The current annual subscription is £15 for individual membership. If you wish to join, please print off and fill in the details set out within the application form click here for PDF form and send to the membership secretary shown on the form. For general enquiries please email either below. 

email:  or

Our TWITTER account is: @FarmBuildings


The current HFBG Committee consists of:

Chairman: rotating 

+ 5 members

Treasurer & Membership Secretary: Pauline Wilkinson (Buckinghamshire)

Website Co-ordinator: Philip White.  Please email any website queries to:

Communication within the Group is now almost entirely via the internet.  Please contact Pauline Wilkinson via the CONTACT tab with any change of email or contact information.