I have been a member of this group for 'longer than I care to recall'. And will be giving a talk about Archives and the Vanished Vernacular.
It's obvious that most buildings from the past have vanished beyond any physical recall - even archaeological remains have been obliterated. There may be no documentation for those which do survive.
But documents which relate to some types of buildings and to some geographical areas can be found, in surprising abundance. My talk will concentrate on a survey of the buildings of the Bannockburn estate in 1716 and on the evolution of tenement buildings between the late 16th and early 18th centuries.
By taking two such contrasting themes (one rural and one urban) I hope to show that documents can give broad, general insights which even the best-preserved buildings cannot do.
If you are interested in Scotland's older building traditions, then this is a group for you.