The Society exists to encourage interest in the history of architecture, to enable the exchange and discussion of ideas related to this. The Society has no official location and its activities cover the United Kingdom. The Society also represents the interests of UK architectural history to governmental and non-governmental bodies within the education and heritage fields. The Society specifically avoids conservation issues.
The foundation of the Society was prompted in 1955 by Turpin Bannister in discussion with Frank Jenkins, a British architect and scholar who worked with Bannister at the University of Illinois in the United States. Initially it was conceived as being a chapter of the American Society of Architectural Historians partly because Bannister had been a founder-member in 1940. However, it was decided in 1956 that the Society should be independent. The early members were mainly architects and teachers. The Chairmen of the first meetings were Bruce Allsopp and William A. Singleton, the latter affiliated with the York Institute of Architectural Study.
- About US, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
- The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Archived 2008-12-06 at the Wayback Machine, RIBApedia.
- Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Open Library.
- Publications: Architectural History Archived 2011-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
- SAHGB website
- "Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, registered charity no. 236432". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
- Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain archives at John Rylands Library, Manchester.