The Victorian Society organises a wide variety of events. They are publicised first to members in the 'Blue Sheet' with our mailings in February, June and October. Some require booking, others you can just turn up on the day. When they are oversubscribed, a ballot is held, and members get first preference.
For events organised by our regional groups, please see the regional group pages.
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Thursday 7 May:
2pm to about 3.30pm. A guided tour of 18 Stafford Terrace which became the Punch cartoonist Linley Sambourne’s home in 1875.
Saturday 9 May:
10am to 1pm. A walking tour and introduction to Brentham Garden Suburb, led by Dr Aileen Reid, historian at the Survey of London and author of Brentham: A history of the pioneer garden suburb 1901–2001 (BHS, 2000).
Tuesday 12 May:
10am to 1pm. This event is in two parts. We will have an opportunity not only to tour the cathedral with Victorian sculpture expert Philip Ward-Jackson, but also to explore art and archival collections behind the scenes with Simon Carter and to discover the designs and the unusual story of Thomas Garner and GF Bodley’s opulent Victorian altarpiece for the cathedral.
Wednesday 13 May:
6.30pm to about 8.15pm. A sculpture walk led by Katie Faulkner, Visiting Lecturer and Widening Participation Academic Coordinator at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Wednesday 20 May:
7.30pm (tour and talk) for 8pm (dinner). Enjoy a three-course dinner in the brasserie at the magnificent Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria.
Saturday 23 May:
9.30am to about 6pm. Although GF Bodley and Thomas Garner designed relatively few London buildings, the five churches in and around London designed by the two men in partnership or by Bodley individually span the whole of the second half of their careers, and include some major works, most famously Bodley’s late masterpiece Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road.
Friday 29 May:
6.30pm to 8.30pm. Led by Evan McWilliams who has a special interest in the late Gothic revival. He has recently drafted a Ph.D. on the English Use movement in the Church of England at the University of York.
Wednesday 10 June:
1pm to about 2.30pm. A tour led by Dr Jan Marsh, current president of the William Morris Society and author of the National Trust book William Morris & Red House.
Thursday 18 June:
10am to 12 noon. A tour of the Garrick Club led by Miss Betty Beesley, for many years the Club’s Secretary to the Works of Art Committee. We will also be accompanied by Mrs Frances Hughes, a NADFAS lecturer in Art and Theatre History, who will point out the highlights from the collection.
Wednesday 24 June:
6pm to 8pm. Rowena Morgan-Cox, who has worked with John Scott on the cataloguing of the whole collection, will be giving a talk on the items for sale exhibited in the Gallery.
Wednesday 1 July:
6.30pm to 8.30pm. A walk round Stockwell led by Alan Piper of the Brixton Society.
Friday 10 July:
12 noon on the Friday to 3pm on the Sunday. A weekend tour of Dorset organised by Michael Whitaker and Michael Hill (author of The Country Houses of East and West Dorset) which takes in nine churches and eight major houses, including the three most important still in private hands.
Wednesday 15 July:
6.30pm to about 8pm. A walk led by Philip Ward-Jackson, author of Public Sculpture in the City of London (Liverpool University Press, 2003).
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Friday 24 July:
2pm on Friday to 5pm on Sunday. Our AGM weekend, organised by Elaine Davey, will explore the architecture of Cardiff.
Tuesday 4 August:
6.45pm for 7pm. An illustrated lecture by Dr Kathryn Ferry, author of Bungalows (Shire, 2014) and former Architectural Adviser to the Victorian Society, followed by supper.
Friday 14 August:
10.15am to about 6pm. Led by Steven Brindle, this day concentrates on sites connected with the Empress Eugenie during her exile after the fall of the French Second Empire in 1870.