Events - Live and Online

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Victorian Society events are publicised to members below and in the 'Blue Sheet' with our mailings in February, June and October. Some require booking, for others you can just turn up on the day.

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.

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

Save the Date! The Victorian Society AGM Weekend - Friday 30 September-Sunday 2 October 2022

The Victorian Society AGM will be taking place in Nottingham on Friday 30 September 2-4pm, followed by a weekend of talks and events.

Next events:

Lutyens’ Work in the West End

Date: Thursday 9 June 2022

Time: 6pm - 9pm

Join us for a fascinating exteriors-only walk through Lutyens’ London, stopping at a luxury apartment building with a glamourous penthouse. We will visit a bank for ladies only, a showroom for a Canadian Plumbing company and a new memorial to Sir Edwin himself.

Paul Waite is a Trustee and Chair of the Events Committee of the Lutyens Society.

Ticket Price: £15

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A Walk Around Spitalfields

Date: Wednesday 15 June 2022

Time: 6.30pm - 8pm

Alec Forshaw leads this walk through Spitalfields, taking in a fascinating and varied slice of Victorian buildings, including the Great Eastern Hotel, Bishopsgate Institute, Spitalfields Market, industrial and warehouse buildings along Commercial Street, the Jewish Soup kitchen, Toynbee Hall and Rothschilds Buildings.

Ticket Price: £15

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A Look at London’s Victorian Cemeteries

Date: Tuesday 21 June 2022

Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

Brian Parsons, co-author of London Cemeteries, an Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer, explores some familiar and lesser known aspects of the capital’s Victorian cemeteries. A large proportion of London’s 150 plus cemeteries were established by private companies and burial boards between the 1830s and 1900. This has provided us with a unique array of sites differing in terms of landscape, buildings and memorials. A new edition of the fascinating book is due to be published.

Ticket Price: £6

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Victorian Dulwich & Peckham architecture by bike

Date: Saturday 25 June 2022

Time: 12:30pm - 5pm

The tour sweeps south and east from the department stores, railway station and industrial buildings of Peckham, before heading towards Dulwich Village and the terracotta architecture of Dulwich College, recently restored. The tour stops at works by Southwark Architectural dynasties Henry Jarvis & Son and the Barrys, and the Horniman Museum. Bring a picnic lunch and optional pub drinks. Riders must be ready to tackle steep Forest Hill.

Ticket Price: £20

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Missed a talk? Buy to watch any time:

Talks on Architects

Discover a range of talks on Victorian architects from Pugin to Webb to Bodley.

Spring Talk Series 2022 - The Greats of 19th Century Architecture

Autumn Talk Series on The Terraced House:

Our Autumn talk series focused on the terraced house, the much-loved housing that forms the bedrock of English and Welsh cities.(Buy six talks for the price of five here) Alternatively buy the individual talks below:

  • Origin And History of The Terraced House.

Alec Forshaw, historian & urban designer will open the series by tracing the origins & history of the terraced house in Bloomsbury. (Buy a ticket to watch the recording here).

  • Real Estate Development and The Small, Terraced House.

Gareth Carr, architect and lecturer at Wrexham Glyndwr University, will look at development through the Welsh Streets in Liverpool. (Buy a ticket to watch the video recording here).

  • Design and construction of the Victorian and Edwardian terraced house.

Architectural historian and Victorian Society trustee, Kit Wedd will explore the materials, design and construction of the terraced house. (Buy a ticket to watch the video recording here).

  • Origin, Development and Decline of Back-To-Back Housing.

Joanne Harrison, architect and heritage consultant, will trace the development of back-to-back house building in Leeds. (Buy a ticket to watch the video recording here).

  • Transport and the development of the Victorian and Edwardian suburbs.

Edmund Bird, heritage manager at Transport for London will discuss the development of London's transport infrastructure. (Buy a ticket to watch the video recording here).

  • The Terrace House Plan in the 20th And 21st Centuries.

Practicing architect and professor of architecture, Dave King, will cover the reinterpretation and sustainable reuse of the terrace house. (Buy ticket to watch the video recording here).

Standalone talk on Saltaire and Ackroydon

  • Decoding Decoration in Saltaire and Ackroydon, by Sheila Binns

The model villages of Saltaire and Akroydon in West Yorkshire are both full of architectural decoration, it carries messages that were of great importance to their respective patrons. (Buy a ticket to watch the video recording here)

A City at its Zenith Series

Package deal of Andrew Saint's series chronologically covering the development of the British capital from 1870-1914. (Complete series for £10 - click here to purchase).

Victorian Dynasties Series

Four talks for the price of three (Click here to purchase).