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The Victorian Society secures a notably rare success at consistory court


The Society recently received the Judgment from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester, who has refused permission for a substantial extension and sweeping scheme of reordering to the church of St Leonard, Oakley, in Hampshire. This follows several years of negotiation in which the Society has repeatedly raised concerns at aspects of an overarching scheme that we consistently deemed insensitive and unduly damaging.

Happy Birthday, George Edmund Street! The Victorian Society celebrates the bicentenary year of architect G.E. Street


This year is the bicentenary of the birth of George Edmund Street (1824 – 1881), the architect of the Royal Courts of Justice. From March to November, the Victorian Society, in association with St James the Less, Street’s Grade I listed church in Pimlico, London, are hosting a series of talks, walks, visits and a symposium in London, East Yorkshire and the West Midlands, to celebrate his work and achievements as a leader of the Gothic Revival. The Society’s magazine, The Victorian, devoted its latest edition to the architect.

The Victorian Society encourages people to object to plan to demolish agricultural outbuildings at George Eliot’s childhood farm home


The Victorian Society are calling on the public to oppose the partial demolition of George Eliot's farmstead. Agricultural buildings associated with the childhood home of the 19th-century writer would be destroyed and replaced by an enlarged ‘replica’ housing the George Eliot Visitor Centre and Museum.

The Victorian Society needs a new Director


The Victorian Society is seeking a new Director to start immediately.

Government launches consultation to stop the demolition of unlisted historic buildings under permitted development rights

The consultation we were promised at the height of our campaigning in 2023 to stop the demolition of unlisted historic buildings under permitted development rights is underway.

The Victorian Society and the London Gasketeers welcome break through in extending protection for Westminster gas lights

Arts and Heritage Minister Lord Parkinson's announcement on 12th February, of Listing Protection for four Gas Lamps in Covent Garden, heralds the possible protection of more of the historic lights.

Tudor Grange wins 2023 West Midlands Conservation Award


Tudor Grange in Solihull has been awarded a prestigious conservation award for a restoration fit for Solihull kings and queens.

Victorian Society Director Joe O’Donnell


After almost 4 years with the Victorian Society, Joe O’Donnell has moved on from his role as Director to focus on project managing the restoration of his new home.

The Victorian Society encourages people to have their say about plans to develop Worcester's Shrub Hill Quarter


When the Victorian Society learned that Worcester Council was planning for an important area, including a Victorian railway hub from the 1850s, to be developed, including the demolition of two historic goods sheds, we applied for listing for this significant part of railway history. Now there's a chance to have your say about the future of Shrub Hill.

Sir David Cannadine presents 2020 Conservation Award plaque to Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd

Vice President Sir David Cannadine and the Victorian Society’s Birmingham and West Midland’s group presented the plaque to their 2020 Conservation Award winner on the 19th January 2024.

Chichester District Council approves destruction of building by leading gothic revival architect to improve conservation area


The Victorian Society is extremely disappointed that, despite its strong objection, Chichester District Council has approved the demolition of a house designed by a significant Victorian architect in a conservation area.

Online talk series explores the British Empire’s architectural legacy from Glasgow to Australia ​(24 January - 13 March 2024)

The sun has long-since set on the British Empire, but its architecture still casts a long shadow. The Victorian Society’s 2024 Online Winter Talk series ‘Victorian and Edwardian Architecture in the Wider British World’ will visit Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, Malaya and New Zealand, with several of the talks coming from those countries.

First major book on flamboyant Edwardian architect Edwin Rickards published

Edwin Rickards by Timothy Brittain-Catlin is the latest in the Victorian Society’s monograph series on Victorian and Edwardian architects.

Watch the Public Meeting with Griff Rhys Jones to Save Liverpool Street Station


Griff Rhys Jones OBE, the President of LISSCA and the Victorian Society, is urging the public to fight the scheme that developer Sellar and Network Rail have proposed for Liverpool Street Station. Griff hosted the free public meeting about the proposed development on 21st November 2023 at the Bishopsgate Institute in London, close to the Grade II-listed station and the Grade II*-listed former Great Eastern Hotel that will both be harmed if the proposal goes ahead. Watch the Save Liverpool Street Station Public Meeting on YouTube here.

Decision on Bishopsgate Bathhouse proves City of London needs to step up its heritage protection


Despite 366 objections the City of London has given permission to cantilever over a gem-like, much loved, Grade II-listed building.