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.

June

Ilkley, from village Spa to Victorian resort – a walk with Alex Cockshott

Ilkley started as a village with fresh air and pure cold water. It had an increasing number of visitors in the Victorian era. With the arrival of the railway station in 1865, and the Middleton family starting land sales against a planned grid, the village expanded. We shall look at how the town centre developed, including the Grove.

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Ticket Price: Members £5
Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: From Village Spa to Victorian Resort – View on map
Location: West Yorkshire | In Person

Visit: St John’s Church, Ranmoor, led by Mary Grover

A talk by Mary Grover about the History of the first St John’s Church in Ranmoor followed by a guided tour.

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Ticket Price: £5
Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: St John’s Church, Ranmoor – View on map
Location: In Person
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Date: Thursday, June 20th, 2024
Venue: St James the Less church, Thorndike Street, London SW1V 2PS. – View on map
Location: In Person
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Date: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Time: 09.30am
Venue: St James the Less church, Thorndike Street, London SW1V 2PS. – View on map
Location: In Person
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Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2024
Time: 09.30am
Venue: St James the Less church, Thorndike Street, London SW1V 2PS. – View on map
Location: In Person
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July

Visit: Golders Green Crematorium, led by Hilary Grainger

A unique opportunity to visit Golders Green crematorium described as ‘London’s first crematorium and England’s first purpose-designed crematorium landscape,’ (Grade II listed) designed by Sir Ernest George in 1902. Professor Hilary J Grainger, Chair of the Victorian Society. She is the leading authority on Sir Ernest George and the architecture of UK crematoria.

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Ticket Price: £20
Date: Saturday, July 6th, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London, NW11 7NL – View on map
Location: In Person
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Visit: Hampton Court in the 19th Century

Hampton Court Palace is renowned as the finest surviving Tudor palace in the world. The history of the Palace in the Victorian era is often overlooked, but is equally as fascinating.

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Ticket Price: £35 (Over 65s £30.00)
Date: Wednesday, July 10th, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: At the main entrance to Hampton Court Palace. – View on map
Location: In Person
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Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Pestilence at Noonday’ by Cornelia Sorabji

Colonial Short Stories: India. This writer, herself an Indian, sought to better the lives of her fellow countrywomen.

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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
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Weekend visit to Street’s churches in East Yorkshire

A chance to visit the churches commissoned by Sir Tatton Sykes II of Sledmere House, and others. We will be travelling around the countryside in minibuses to explore these places:

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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: In Person
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September

TBC: A repeat of May’s walk: Street to Street: a south of the river walk with Alison Rae (Lambeth Tour Guides).

Visiting St Paul, Herne Hill (Street, rebuilding, 1858); St Giles, Camberwell (Scott & Moffat, 1844); St John the Divine, Vassal Road, Kennington (Street, 1874)

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Date: Sunday, September 1st, 2024
Venue: Online
Location: In Person

Rochdale Town Hall event

Reserve the date – details to follow.

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Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2024
Venue: Rochdale Town Hall – View on map
Location: In Person | Manchester

October

Date: Tuesday, October 1st, 2024
Venue: Street’s Church and House, Holmbury St Mary – View on map
Location: In Person

National AGM Weekend in Bradford

Friday 6th October to Sunday 8th October.

Let us know if you are interested in helping out with any part of this event.

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Date: Sunday, October 6th, 2024
Venue: Bradford – View on map
Location: West Yorkshire | In Person

November

Date: Friday, November 1st, 2024
Venue: Westminster Abbey – View on map
Location: In Person