Events - Live and Online

The Victorian Society is an CPD provider recognised by the The Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Victorian Society events are publicised to members below and in the 'Blue Sheet' with our mailings in February, June and October.

For events organised by our regional groups, please see the regional group pages:

Birmingham & West Midlands; Leicester; Liverpool; Manchester; West Yorkshire; South Yorkshire and Wales.

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We're always looking for volunteers to put on events with us. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved at [email protected].

Future Events

George Edmund Street Bicentenary 2024

This year is the bicentenary of the birth of the great Victorian architect, G E Street (1824-1881). His designs for the Royal Courts of Justice and many hundred churches and parochial buildings across the United Kingdom, as well as in France, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey, characterised the nineteenth-century gothic revival. To celebrate his birth, we are working with St James the Less Church, Pimlico, to run a programme of events.

To learn more, click here.

Victorian Society AGM 2024 Bradford

The Victorian Society AGM 2024 will be in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on Friday 4 October, followed by a weekend of architectural tours in Bradford and the surrounding area. The weekend activities cost £260 and can be booked here.

Forthcoming Events

MAY

Visit: Maison Dieu (Dover Town Hall), Dover

Date: Wed 22 May

Time: 1:50 pm – 4:00 pm

Meeting place: Ladywell car park entrance, Dover, CT16 1DG

A unique opportunity to see conservation work in progress on a hard hat tour of this hidden gem. In use for over 800 years, the Victorian elements of Maison Dieu include impressive stained glass, wall paintings and grand spaces added by William Burges and Ambrose and Edward Poynter. This is a working building site. Members should be able to walk unaided over a large site.

Tickets: £25

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JUNE

Visit: West Norwood Cemetery

Date: Sat 1 Jun

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Meeting place: By the archway just inside the main gate of West Norwood Cemetery, West Norwood, SE27 9JU

West Norwood Cemetery was opened in 1837 and designed by Sir William Tite. This was the second of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries. West Norwood is the resting place of many self-made Victorian industrialists, inventors, scholars and manufacturers, including Mrs Beeton, Sir Henry Doulton, Charles Spurgeon and Sir Henry Tate. Dr Jane Jordan will be leading this tour. She is an author and academic.

Tickets: £20

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Birmingham Regional Group Event

Visit: Stourbridge

Date: Thu 6 Jun

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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. We hope to include the closed church of St John the Evangelist (G.E. Street, Grade II, 1861) and the Stourbridge Glass Museum.

Tickets: £30.

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Visit: An Exploration of Surrey led by Charles O’Brien

Date: Sat 8 Jun

Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Meeting Place: Main entrance of Guildford Station at 9:45 am

Charles O’Brien, Series Editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides and reviser of the Surrey volume (2022) will lead a visit to the southwest of the county. The tour will start in Guildford looking at the work of Henry Woodyer, H. Thackeray Turner and Richard Norman Shaw and in the afternoon progress to Wonersh to see an early church restoration by Charles Nicholson and other buildings including Barnett Hill by Arnold Mitchell.

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

Date: Wed 12 Jun

Time: 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT

Colonial Short Stories: India.

These two stories present the different attitudes of some ethnic Indians and some Western colonisers towards hunting and the value of human life. (N.B. there are 2 stories this month. Both are very short).

At each session there is a brief introduction to the work, followed by a group discussion in a relaxed atmosphere, with wine and nibbles supplied.

Ticket Price: £6

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South Yorkshire Regional Group

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

Date: Sat 15 Jun

Time: 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm

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

Tickets:£5

Booking: [email protected]

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West Yorkshire Regional Group

Visit: Ilkley, From Village Spa to Victorian Resort, led by Alex Cockshott

Date: Sat 15 Jun

Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm.

Ilkley started as a village with fresh air and pure cold water. With the arrival of the railway station in 1865, the village expanded. The visit includes the Ilkley Charity hospital, All Saints’ Church, extended 1860, and the old Castle (The Manor House). Alex Cockshott is Vice Chair of Ilkley Civic Society and author of Ilkley, Past and Present.

Tickets: £5

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G E Street Symposium and Gala Dinner

Date: Thu 20 - Sat 22 Jun

This three-day celebration of the life of G E Street starts with a Gala Dinner on 20 June, and continues with two days of talks and walks. Based at St James the Less, Pimlico, the Symposium will comprise three papers presented in the morning session, and walking visits to buildings by Street in the afternoon.

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JULY

Visit: Golders Green Crematorium, led by Hilary Grainger

Date: Sat 6 Jul

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meeting place: Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London, NW11 7NL
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.

Tickets: £20

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Visit: Hampton Court in the 19th Century

Date: Wed 10 Jul

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meeting Place: At the main entrance to the Palace itself.

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. Members of the Victorian Society are invited to join the Curators of Historic Royal Palaces for an exclusive visit to Hampton Court Palace. The visit will include a talk by Brett Dolman, Curator of Works of Art, on the Palace as a Victorian art museum, and Curator of Historic Buildings, Karey Draper, will lead a tour including access to areas that are not open to general visitors. Following the event, members will be free to explore the rest of the Palace – including the famous formal gardens – at their leisure.

TIckets: £35 (Over 65s £30.00)

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

Date: Wed 24 Jul

Time: 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm

Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT

Colonial Short Stories: India. This writer, herself an Indian, sought to better the lives of her fellow countrywomen. This story, from a collection called Love and Life behind the Purdah, illustrates the lowly status of a woman in relation to her husband and also touches on how the British have added another layer of complexity to this. At each session there is a brief introduction to the work, followed by a group discussion in a relaxed atmosphere, with wine and nibbles supplied.

Tickets: £6

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Weekend visit to Street’s churches in East Yorkshire

27 & 28 July

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:

  • St John Evangelist, Whitwell on the Hill (1860, for Lady Louisa Lechmere, in memory of her father, John Haigh, of Whitwell Hall);
  • St John, Howsham (1860, for Hannah Cholmley of Howsham Hall);
  • St Andrew, East Heslerton & vicarage (1877 & 1876, for Sykes);
  • St Andrew, Weaverthorpe (restoration, 1872, for Sykes);
  • St Peter, Helperthorpe & parsonage (1873 & 1876, for Sykes);
  • St Mary, West Lutton (1873, for Sykes);
  • St Andrew, Kirkby Grindaly (restoration, 1975, for Sykes);
  • St Mary, Fimber (1871, for Sykes);
  • St Mary, Thixendale & vicarage (1870 & 1870, for Sykes);
  • St Mary, Wansford (1868, for Sykes)

The event starts and ends at the Travelodge York Layerthorpe Hotel (which has a car park). It is on the east side of the city. For those travelling by train on Saturday morning, they can book the 07.00 from Kings Cross gets in at 08.53. Therefore the tour will start from the hotel at 09.30 on the Saturday morning. For the return on Sunday, we should be able to get people to York station for the 17.23 to London, arriving at Kings Cross at 19.21.

Weekend tickets cost £230. Dinner and lunch are not included.

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We currently have a reserved booking at a discounted rate with the Travelodge in York which will be where the event leader will be staying.

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