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Heritage campaigners look back on saving a century

The fiftieth anniversary issue of 'The Victorian', the magazine of the Victorian Society, is out now, featuring articles from some of the nation's foremost heritage campaigners and architectural historians on the battles that launched and shaped the charity fighting to save our best Victorian and Edwardian buildings from the wrecking ball.

Looking at a selection of the most controversial campaigns fought by the Victorian Society since it was founded in 1958, among them the battles for St Pancras, Liverpool's Albert Dock and the much regretted Euston Arch, some of the organisation's longest-standing members paint a picture of the pressure group's early days. Contributors include Mark Girouard, author of Life in the English Country House and one of the three surviving members present at the inaugural meeting, Jane Fawcett, Secretary of the Victorian Society from 1963 to 1976, and Dr Colin Cunningham, the society's current Chairman. The work of the Victorian Society will be celebrated in an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in May this year, and the magazine also features a preview by the exhibition's curator, architectural historian Gavin Stamp.

‘This anniversary issue of 'The Victorian' celebrates the work of all those who have championed Victorian and Edwardian architecture over the last fifty years,' continued Dr Dungavell. ‘It is a testament to the extraordinary energy and vision of the early members of the Victorian Society, without whom so many of the buildings we prize today would have been lost. There's still a long way to go before all good nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings receive the protection they deserve but it's amazing to think how far we've come. Here's to the next fifty years!'


Thursday 6 March, 2008

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