Sheffield Networks of Activism – A free guided walk during Heritage Open Days

A Walking Tour of Walkley with Walkley Historians

Visit: Day Visit to Stourbridge

This walking tour of Stourbridge will be led by Andy Foster and David Low and will highlight some of the town’s significant Victorian buildings. 

A Walking Tour of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield with Graham Hague.

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Salt Inspector’ (Namak ka Daroga) by Munshi Premchand

The Victorian Short Story Reading Group has regular meetings to explore some of the exciting material from the golden age of the British short story, which began during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The current theme is colonial short stories, starting with stories from India.

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Postmaster’ by Rabindranath Tagore

The Victorian Short Story Reading Group has regular meetings to explore some of the exciting material from the golden age of the British short story, which began during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The current theme is colonial short stories, starting with stories from India.

Visit: ‘The Cathedral of Sewage’ – Crossness Pumping Station

Discover one of London's most extraordinary interiors in this outing where we discover the Victorian's solution to sewage.

George Edmund Street Bicentenary Symposium – Day 2

G E Street (1824-1881), the bicentenary of whose birth we celebrate this year, was one of the most prolific architects of the nineteenth-century gothic revival. This symposium at St James the Less, celebrates Street's work and achievements through a programme of talks in the morning, and visits to his works in the afternoon.

George Edmund Street Bicentenary Symposium – Day 1

G E Street (1824-1881), the bicentenary of whose birth we celebrate this year, was one of the most prolific architects of the nineteenth-century gothic revival. This symposium at St James the Less, celebrates Street's work and achievements through a programme of talks in the morning, and visits to his works in the afternoon.

Weekend Visit to G E Street’s Churches in East Yorkshire

Join members of the Victorian Society as we examine the churches commissioned by Sir Tatton Sykes II of Sledmere House, and others in the East Yorkshire area. Travelling by minibus, the weekend will include a visit to St Mary, Thixendale & vicarage (1870 & 1870), St Mary, Wansford (1868) and St Andrew, East Heslerton & vicarage (1877 & 1876).

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Pestilence at Noonday’ by Cornelia Sorabji

The Victorian Short Story Reading Group has regular meetings to explore some of the exciting material from the golden age of the British short story, which began during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The current theme is colonial short stories, starting with stories from India.

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.

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.

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.

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The White Tiger’ and ‘Caulfield’s Crime’ by Alice Perrin

An Exploration of Surrey led by Charles O’Brien

This story involves the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 but is told at a jovial gathering from the perspective of an adventure, with no mention of the politics or problems which led to the troubles.

West Norwood Cemetery

This story involves the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 but is told at a jovial gathering from the perspective of an adventure, with no mention of the politics or problems which led to the troubles.

Gwrych Castle visit

Come and enjoy a guided walk around Gwrych Castle and meet the The Victorian Society's Welsh group.

Walk: James Pigott Pritchett (Snr). in York, Led by Dr Victoria Hopgood

Redevelopment and restoration of Heap’s Rice Mill, Beckwith Street, Liverpool

The Liverpool Regional Group relaunching on 20th March with a valedictory talk by Ken Moth

Visit: Coach Trip to Shropshire

A coach visit to Shropshire, taking in St Mary's Church, Tenbury Well; St John the Baptist at Stokesay Castle and Stokesay Court, near Craven Arms.

Members’ afternoon

Members and their guests are invited to bring a maximum of 6 images on a memory stick to explain and share.

Visit to Great Malvern & Malvern College

A walk to Malvern College, which was founded in 1865 and is regarded as one of England’s premier independent schools. Our Honorary Treasurer, James Fletcher, who works at the College, will guide us around the College campus including the main College (1865), Chapel (1899), Pavilion (1894), Music School (1862), St Edmund’s Hall (1905) and others. We will finish with refreshments in the Memorial Library (1924).

A guided tour of the graveyard of All Saints, Childwall, by Diana Goodier

The tour will highlight some of the most interesting burials from the Victorian period - the shipping magnates, local politicians, founding members of the university and a couple of architects.

50 Years of the Liverpool Group of the The Victorian Society

Roger Hull has been an active committee member of the Liverpool Group of the The Victorian Society for many years and will tell the fascinating story of the group since its foundation in 1974.

50 Years in Building Conservation, an illustrated talk by Ken Moth

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.

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.

Exploring Oldham’s heritage as the “cotton-spinning capital of the world.

This magnificent Victorian town park was built by the people of Oldham during the cotton famine, sparked by the American Civil war. Now registered Grade II* it opened in 1865 and we will see its restored features, listed monuments and structures and well-maintained planting.

Tour of Sheffield Town Hall – Led by Cllr Janet Ridler SCC Heritage Champion.

From Pauper Palace to Regional General Hospital – Mary Garside.

Rochdale Town Hall event

Reserve the date – details to follow.

Exploring Oldham’s heritage as the “cotton-spinning capital” of the world.

This magnificent Victorian town park was built by the people of Oldham during the cotton famine, sparked by the American Civil war. Now registered Grade II* it opened in 1865 and we will see its restored features, listed monuments and structures and well-maintained planting.

Manchester’s theatre district – a walk with David Astbury

Back by popular demand! David Astbury (former Vic Soc Manchester Chair) will lead a repeat walk on the Theatres of Oxford Street and Peter Street, a walk of about two hours passing through what was once the heart of Manchester’s historic theatre district.

Victoria Arches – An illustrated talk by Keith Warrender

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Pipe of Mystery’ by G.A. Henty

This story involves the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 but is told at a jovial gathering from the perspective of an adventure, with no mention of the politics or problems which led to the troubles.

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Rise of Ram Din’ by Alice Perrin.

This story provides an insight into the life of Indian servants, which is told through the voice of the Indian servant, rather than his Western master. There are many thematic contradictions such as loyalty/disloyalty; power struggle/duty; revenge and manipulation/honest labour.

From Palaces of Art to the Studios of Bohemia: Artists’ Houses in Victorian Kensington and Chelsea, by Jo Banham

Successful Victorian artists, like Leighton and Luke Fildes, earned incomes that meant they were able to commission magnificent, purpose-built studio houses in the leafy suburbs of Holland Park and Kensington. The less wealthy and more unconventional, like Rossetti and Whistler, gravitated towards Chelsea, occupying picturesque old buildings in the area. This lecture reviews the two most famous artists’ colonies - Melbury Road, Kensington and Cheyne Walk and Tite Street, Chelsea - and explores the lives and interiors of the painters who lived there.

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘Kidnapped’ and ‘Thrown Away’ by Rudyard Kipling

We start with stories of India. As we explore these stories, we should gain a more personal perspective of the lives lived within the colonial system than that recorded in the history books.

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Body Snatcher’, by Robert Louis Stevenson with June Lawrence

This Scottish short story of two grave robbers has characters based on criminals employed by the real-life surgeon Robert Knox (1791–1862).