Victorian Society events are first publicised to members in the 'Blue Sheet' with our mailings in February, June and October before appearing below. Some require booking, others you can just turn up on the day. A ballot is held for oversubscribed events with first preference for members.
For events organised by our regional groups, please see the regional group pages:
We're always looking for volunteers to put on events for us. Please contact our Events Administrator for more information.
Our free photographic exhibition has now finished its scheduled tours.
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Friday 28 April:
2.30pm to 4pm. Helen O’Neill, Archive, Heritage & Development Librarian, will take the group on a guided tour of the Library highlighting its history and collections.
Tuesday 9 May:
6.45pm for 7pm. Denis Pellerin, curator of Dr Brian May’s extensive collection of Victorian stereo photographs and director of Dr May’s London Stereoscopic Company, will tell how the stereoscope opened a window onto the world and turned all middle class Victorians into armchair travellers who could, without leaving the comfort of their homes, visit every continent in glorious 3-D.
Thursday 11 May:
6.30pm to about 8.30pm. This walk, led by Heloise Palin and David Garrard, starts at the Bishopsgate Institute (1894, C Harrison Townsend) and explores the nineteenth and early twentieth century history of this area, just east of the City.
Wednesday 24 May:
6.30pm to about 8pm. An evening walk led by Michael Hall.
Wednesday 31 May:
10am to about 5.30pm. An exploration by coach of outer north London organised by Maya Donelan and Geoff Brandwood.
Saturday 3 June:
10.30am to about 4pm. Peter Howell leads a tour of four churches within walking distance of each other.
Monday 12 June:
6.30pm to about 8.30pm. Led by Geoff Brandwood, we visit three pubs all representative of the golden age of pub-building around 1900.
Wednesday 14 June:
6.30pm to about 8pm. A walking tour led by David McDonald, former Head of Conservation and Design at the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
Wednesday 21 June:
Wednesday 21 to Wednesday 28 June. A visit led by Geoff Brandwood to an area of utterly spectacular scenery, taking in some jaw-dropping journeys, and experiencing the things our forebears wondered at as Switzerland opened up for better-off tourists in the late nineteenth century.
Thursday 6 July:
6.30pm to 8pm. An evening visit led by Paul Velluet and Peter Cormack.
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Tuesday 11 July:
6.30pm to about 8.30pm. This walk, led by Philip Ward-Jackson, looks at the monumental transformations in the area around Buckingham Palace, which took place between 1883, when the Wellington Arch was realigned, and 1912, when, after the unveiling of the Victoria Memorial, plans were set afoot to commemorate Edward VII in Green Park, with a memorial which would celebrate his contributions to European peace.
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Friday 21 July:
2pm on Friday 21 July to 5pm on Sunday 23 July. Organised by the Society’s Birmingham Group, our AGM weekend will explore the Victorian and Edwardian architecture of the city of Birmingham.