Skip to content

Victorian Society President, Lord Briggs of Lewes, has died

Lord Briggs was an eminent historian of the Victorian period and will be much missed. The Society’s condolences go out to his family.

The Victorian Society is sad to report that our President, Lord Briggs of Lewes, died on 15th March 2016 aged 94. Lord Briggs was an eminent historian of the Victorian period and will be much missed. The Society’s condolences go out to his family.

Lord Briggs was a founding member of the Victorian Society and our Life-President since 1983. He was present at the 1958 meeting, where 32 people, including John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner, founded a Society for the preservation and appreciation of Victorian architecture and the arts. As one of the Society’s founder members, Lord Briggs had a rare and valuable insight into the Victorian Society’s work to win appreciation and protection for the nation’s best Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Lord Briggs’s 2008 jubilee lecture to mark the 50th anniversary of the Victorian Society is still warmly remembered by many members.

After working at the Bletchley Park code-breaking station during World War Two, Lord Briggs worked as a Professor of history at Leeds University, becoming Vice-Chancellor of Sussex University by the time he was 35. In his 40s, Lord Briggs moved on to become Provost of Worcester College Oxford and then Chancellor of the Open University.

Lord Briggs had a keen interest in mass culture and adult education.  He was well known as a broadcaster and his list of publications on the nineteenth century is long. His great trilogy Victorian People (1954), Victorian Cities (1963), and Victorian Things (1988) will be familiar to many. Along with his many other publications these are books that shaped the interests of succeeding scholars and are still widely read today. 

You can listen to Lord Briggs' 50th anniversary speech here.

Wednesday 16 March, 2016

More recent item: Damaging scheme for former Whiteleys building approved
Earlier item: Secretary of State must ‘call-in’ damaging Ealing redevelopment

© 2017 The Victorian Society
1 Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT. T 020 8994 1019. E (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Charity No. 1081435. Company No. 3940996. Registered in England. Office as above.

Make an online donation to the Victorian Society processed securely by PayPal.


This website uses cookies. Please see our privacy page for details.