About Us

Origins & Aims, Privacy Statement, Membership & Committee

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. 

Current members include Farmers, Conservationists, Land agents, Geographers, Landowners, Historians, Archaeologist, Architects, Surveyors, Residents of farmsteads, Agricultural Consultants, and other Interested individuals. 

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.

The Principal Aims of the Historic Farm Buildings Group are:

1    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

2    to promote 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. 



About this policy

For the purposes of the General Data Protection Act 1988 (due to be amended), and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, which came into force on 25 May 2018, the Historic Farm Buildings Group (HFBG) is a Data Controller (an organisation responsible for looking after the data that individuals have sent to it). The HFBG is the organisation dedicated to the following aims. 

We are committed to protecting the information that you have sent us and letting you know how we use it. This policy sets out the data protection principles we follow.

The Policy

1        As a Data Controller, the HFBG collects the details which you have submitted, including your title, name, postal address, e-mail and telephone contact details, occupation, qualifications, research details, membership of other relevant bodies, and particular interests in relation to the subject of historic farm buildings, solely to further the aims of the HFBG and to provide activities and information best suited to its membership.

2        Such processing is necessary for the performance of the membership contract with you and the above legitimate interests pursued by the HFBG.

3        We will only share your personal data amongst the HFBG Committee and the Organiser(s) of our conferences. We will not share your personal data with other organisations or individuals without obtaining your express permission beforehand, unless required to by law. HFBG will never sell your data.

4        When you subscribe each year to the HFBG, the Membership Secretary holds your data securely on computer devices by recognised adequate security measures, including password protection.   All computer devices and hard-copy records will be kept in secure lockable locations in the UK.

5        Our policy is to destroy your personal data when you inform us that you no longer wish to be a member or 6 years after you cease to pay your subscription to HFBG, whichever is the sooner, OR, in the case of non-members, 24 calendar months after the last date of contact.

6        When you attend a conference organised by the HFBG, the photographs included in our subsequent newsletters, journals, or other publications may show any member who was present but you will not be named unless you give us specific permission to do so.

We will update our Privacy Policy if there is a change in data protection law or the operation of the HFBG which affects the use of your data. The policy can be found on our website: www.hfbg.org.uk This version of the policy was effective from 25 May 2018.

Data Protection Officer

Our current Data Protection Officer is the HFBG Membership Secretary, who may be contacted via the website or by e-mail at:

Your rights

We use your data either based on a contract between us, when you pay a subscription to become a member of the HFBG, or on the basis of consent when you have opted in to receive information about the Group’s activities as a non-member.

You have the right to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you, without charge, and to request that we correct or remove your data when there remains no legal basis for keeping it.

If you are concerned that we have not used your data in the way we have set out in this policy, or you are aware that there has been a breach of your privacy from the data we hold about you, you should contact the HFBG’s Data Protection Officer in the first instance. If the situation cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk

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 application form click here for RENEWAL 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.