G E Street St James the Less, Pimlico, 1861 © Neil Jackson

Events

The Victorian Society runs a diverse programme of events including visits, walks, online talks and weekends away. These are publicised to members below and in the ‘Blue Sheet’ which is mailed with our membership magazine, ‘The Victorian’, in February, June and October. Members receive priority booking.

The Victorian Society is an CPD provider recognised by The Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Our recorded online talks can be found in our shop here. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover over 80 lectures on Victorian and Edwardian architecture, architects, and related themes including railways.

July

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Pestilence at Noonday’ by Cornelia Sorabji

The Victorian Short Story Reading Group has regular meetings to explore some of the exciting material from the golden age of the British short story, which began during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The current theme is colonial short stories, starting with stories from India.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, July 24th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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Weekend Visit to G E Street’s Churches in East Yorkshire

Join members of the Victorian Society as we examine the churches commissioned by Sir Tatton Sykes II of Sledmere House, and others in the East Yorkshire area. Travelling by minibus, the weekend will include a visit to St Mary, Thixendale & vicarage (1870 & 1870), St Mary, Wansford (1868) and St Andrew, East Heslerton & vicarage (1877 & 1876).

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Ticket Price: Weekend tickets cost £230. Dinner and lunch are not included.
Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2024
Time: 09.30am
Venue: Travelodge York Layerthorpe Hotel – View on map
Location: G E Street Bicentenary 2024 | In Person
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August

Walk: A Day Visit to Three Stourbridge Churches

Following the Group’s walking tour in June, we have now arranged access to three significant churches in the town centre: St John the Evangelist, St Thomas & Our Lady & All Saints RC church.

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Ticket Price: £7.00 includes a donation to the churches, but does not include the cost of your lunch.
Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2024
Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm
Venue: 10.30 am Meet at Stourbridge Bus Station/Rail interchange – View on map
Location: In Person | Birmingham & West Midlands
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Ticket Price: £5
Date: Saturday, August 17th, 2024
Time: 10:30am
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Howard Road, Walkley S6 3RX – View on map
Location: In Person
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Walk: Exploring Victorian Clapham, led by Christopher Claxton Stevens

Clapham became part of the Metropolis with the coming of the underground in 1900. This walk will cover the earlier background of the area and focus on the grander Victorian architecture that still remains

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Ticket Price: £18
Date: Saturday, August 31st, 2024
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Clapham Common Underground Station – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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September

Walk: Liverpool Street Station and its Environs, led by Steven Brindle

This walk explores Liverpool Street Station and its environs, to see how the north-eastern City developed in the Victorian age, how the historic streetscape has fared in modern times, and what impact the proposed over-development of the station, which the Society strongly opposes, would have on this many layered and sensitive area.

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Ticket Price: £18
Date: Thursday, September 5th, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: Liverpool Street Station – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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Ticket Price: FREE
Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2024
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Town Hall, Sheffield – View on map
Location: In Person
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Talk: The Monk Sisters at St James the Less: Women and Architectural Patronage in Victorian Britain, by Alex Bremner

In this talk, Professor Alex Bremner will explore the role of Jane Emily and Penelope Anna Monk in the commissioning of St James the Less, Pimlico, and what, if any, impact their vision for the church had on G. E. Street’s design.

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Ticket Price: £10
Date: Monday, September 9th, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: St James the Less Church, Pimlico – View on map
Location: G E Street Bicentenary 2024 | London | In Person
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Walk: Exploring Brixton’s Victorian History

In this walking tour, led by the Brixton Society, we will explore the fascinating retail heritage of Brixton.

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Ticket Price: £20
Date: Wednesday, September 11th, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: Brixton Recreation Centre – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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Online Talk: The Work of Horace Jones, the Architect who Designed Tower Bridge

This talk will explore the life and work of Sir Horace Jones (1819-1887), chief architect to the City of London who designed many of its most famous buildings including Tower Bridge, Smithfield, Leadenhall and Billingsgate markets, and the Temple Bar memorial.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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Walk: Merton Park, “The Original and Most Unique Garden Suburb”, led by Tony Woolfenden

Tony Woolfenden leads a walk around John Innes’ Merton Park estate, “the original and most unique garden suburb” (to quote the estate company’s advertisements).

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Ticket Price: £22
Date: Saturday, September 21st, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Venue: Merton Park Station – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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Ticket Price: £10
Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2024
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Venue: Rochdale Town Hall, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AZ – View on map
Location: In Person

October

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Postmaster’ by Rabindranath Tagore

The Victorian Short Story Reading Group has regular meetings to explore some of the exciting material from the golden age of the British short story, which began during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The current theme is colonial short stories, starting with stories from India.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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AGM Weekend in Bradford

The Victorian Society AGM 2024 which will be in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Friday 4 October, followed by a weekend of architectural tours in Bradford and the surrounding area.

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Ticket Price: £260
Date: Friday, October 4th, 2024
Time: 2:30pm start on Friday
Venue: Bradford – View on map
Location: West Yorkshire | In Person
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Lost Gardens of London, by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

This talk will focus on and celebrate the evanescence of the metropolis’s vast and varied garden legacy.

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Ticket Price: £10
Date: Monday, October 7th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, W8 4LA – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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Ticket Price: £5
Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Paternoster Row, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BX – View on map
Location: South Yorkshire | In Person

Online Talk: Death and the Victorians – A Dark Fascination

In Death and the Victorians, author Adrian Mackinder explores the dark side of the nineteenth century, when hunger for truth about what lies beyond the grave was matched only by the imagination and invention used to find it.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, October 15th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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Visit: Street’s Church and House, Holmbury St Mary – G E Street Bicentenary

This visit is to the church which G E Street built in in 1878-79 as a memorial to his second wife, Jessie, who died soon after their honeymoon in 1876. It is very much a personal statement which he paid for himself.

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Ticket Price: £22
Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2024
Time: 2:30 pm at the church or 1:00 pm at Royal Oak Pub
Venue: St Mary Church, Holmbury – View on map
Location: G E Street Bicentenary 2024 | In Person
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Visit: RIBA Drawings Collection at the V&A

The visit will start with an introductory talk on the history of the RIBA Drawings Collection by curator, Charles Hind followed by a look at a selection of Victorian drawings from the collection, including several by Alfred Waterhouse for the Natural History Museum. We will move across to the Museum to look at the exterior and the Great Hall.

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Ticket Price: £20
Date: Monday, October 21st, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum, Exhibition Road – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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Online Lecture: Outstanding Stories: Victorian Relief Decorations, A Lecture by Jo Banham

This lecture by Jo Banham explores the history, design and production of these innovative but still under-rated wall-coverings.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024: Crossing Boundaries-Victorian Art, Design and Architecture-7 talks for 6

The 2024 Autumn Lecture Series discusses how 19th century architects conceived of the decorative and fine arts as part of an architectural whole. Our seven expert speakers will boldly break down disciplinary boundaries in a discussion of the use of colour and texture across the whole range of Victorian design and analyses of the important roles played by mosaic, stained glass, embroidery and three-dimensional wall coverings.

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Ticket Price: £36
Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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November

Visit: All Saints’ church, Putney Common – G E Street Bicentenary

All Saints’ church, Putney, was opened as a chapel of ease in 1874. The interior is richly polychromatic and the many Morris & Co windows are of outstanding quality. This visit is our final look at a church by G E Street.

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Ticket Price: £15
Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2024
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: All Saints, Putney – View on map
Location: G E Street Bicentenary 2024 | London | In Person
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Ticket Price: £5
Date: Tuesday, November 5th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Paternoster Row, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BX – View on map
Location: South Yorkshire | In Person

Online Lecture: Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design, by Matthew Winterbottom

Matthew Winterbottom talks about the recent Ashmolean Exhibition Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design that sought to challenge widely held perceptions that the Victorian age was dark and gloomy.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, November 6th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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Online Lecture: ‘Fair and Beautiful to Behold’ – Ecclesiastical Embroideries, by Mary Schoeser

This lecture discusses the neo-Gothic in relation to textiles and wallpapers, which focuses on ecclesiastical embroideries in particular. The title, Fair and Beautiful to Behold is after a quotation from G.E. Street. The lecture spills into the Edwardian period to include a Pankhurst banner and Ann Macbeth frontal, to bring out the double meaning of ‘fair’ (in social/political terms).

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, November 12th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Salt Inspector’ (Namak ka Daroga) by Munshi Premchand

The Victorian Short Story Reading Group has regular meetings to explore some of the exciting material from the golden age of the British short story, which began during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The current theme is colonial short stories, starting with stories from India.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, November 13th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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Online Lecture: The Mosaics of Westminster Cathedral, by Peter Howell

This talk will examine the decorative interior of Westminster Cathedral, particularly the mosaics. J F Bentley intended that the interior should be covered in marble revetment and mosaics but he never had any mosaics installed. However, he approved the designs for the Holy Souls Chapel by his friend William Christian Symons.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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Online Lecture: Owen Jones and the V&A, by Olivia Horsfall Turner

This talk will examine each of the projects that linked Victorian designer Owen Jones and the early V&A: his famous illustrated publication The Grammar of Ornament (1856), his decorative scheme for the so-called ‘Oriental Court’, and his relatively little-known book Examples of Chinese Ornament (1867).

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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December

Online Lecture: Innovations in the Art and Craft of Stained Glass in the 19th Century

The quest for materials that would evoke the chromatic and textural qualities of early medieval stained glass inspired the work of manufacturers, artists and architects during the Victorian era. This illustrated lecture examines how the art form evolved alongside new technical developments.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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Ticket Price: £5
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Paternoster Row, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BX – View on map
Location: In Person | South Yorkshire

Online Lecture: Alfred Stevens: Master of Design, 1817-1875, by Teresa Sladen

When Alfred Stevens was waiting to hear who would finally be given the commission to design the Wellington Monument he said “They must give it to me. No one else knows anything about ornament”. What he meant by this is the subject of this lecture.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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February

Ticket Price: £5
Date: Tuesday, February 11th, 2025
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Paternoster Row, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BX – View on map
Location: South Yorkshire | In Person

March

Ticket Price: £5
Date: Tuesday, March 11th, 2025
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Paternoster Row, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BX – View on map
Location: South Yorkshire | In Person

April

Ticket Price: £5
Date: Tuesday, April 8th, 2025
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Paternoster Row, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2BX – View on map
Location: South Yorkshire | In Person