G E Street St James the Less, Pimlico, 1861 © Neil Jackson

Events

The Victorian Society runs a diverse programme of events including visits, walks, online talks and weekends away. These are publicised to members below and in the ‘Blue Sheet’ which is mailed with our membership magazine, ‘The Victorian’, in February, June and October. Members receive priority booking.

The Victorian Society is an CPD provider recognised by The Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Our recorded online talks can be found in our shop here. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover over 80 lectures on Victorian and Edwardian architecture, architects, and related themes including railways.

June

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.

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Ticket Price: £30 for morning and £20 for the afternoon.
Date: Friday, June 21st, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: St James the Less church, Thorndike Street, London SW1V 2PS. – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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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.

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Ticket Price: £30 in the morning and £20 for the afternoon
Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: St James the Less church, Thorndike Street, London SW1V 2PS. – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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July

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.

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Ticket Price: £20
Date: Saturday, July 6th, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London, NW11 7NL – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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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.

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Ticket Price: £35 (Over 65s £30.00)
Date: Wednesday, July 10th, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: Hampton Court Palace – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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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.

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Ticket Price: £56 including coach fare, lunch, donations and guided tour
Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2024
Time: 9.00am to 6.30pm
Venue: 9.00 am   Coach departs from Church Street, Birmingham City Centre 9.20 am;   2nd coach pick up from St Augustine’s Road, Edgbaston B16 9JN – View on map
Location: In Person | Birmingham & West Midlands
Coach Trip: Shropshire

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.

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Ticket Price: £28
Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Venue: Crossness Pumping Station – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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Ticket Price: £5
Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2024
Time: 2:30pm
Venue: City Road Cemetery – View on map
Location: In Person
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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.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, July 24th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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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).

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Ticket Price: Weekend tickets cost £230. Dinner and lunch are not included.
Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2024
Time: 09.30am
Venue: Travelodge York Layerthorpe Hotel – View on map
Location: In Person
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August

Ticket Price: £5
Date: Saturday, August 17th, 2024
Time: 10:30am
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Howard Road, Walkley S6 3RX – View on map
Location: In Person
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September

Ticket Price: FREE
Date: Sunday, September 8th, 2024
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Town Hall, Sheffield – View on map
Location: In Person
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Online Talk: The Work of Horace Jones, the Architect who Designed Tower Bridge

This talk will explore the life and work of Sir Horace Jones (1819-1887), chief architect to the City of London who designed many of its most famous buildings including Tower Bridge, Smithfield, Leadenhall and Billingsgate markets, and the Temple Bar memorial.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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Rochdale Town Hall event

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Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2024
Venue: Rochdale Town Hall – View on map
Location: Manchester | In Person

October

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.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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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.

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Date: Sunday, October 6th, 2024
Venue: Bradford – View on map
Location: In Person | West Yorkshire

Online Talk: Death and the Victorians – A Dark Fascination

In Death and the Victorians, author Adrian Mackinder explores the dark side of the nineteenth century, when hunger for truth about what lies beyond the grave was matched only by the imagination and invention used to find it.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, October 15th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024: Crossing Boundaries-Victorian Art, Design and Architecture-7 talks for 6

The 2024 Autumn Lecture Series discusses how 19th century architects conceived of the decorative and fine arts as part of an architectural whole. Our seven expert speakers will boldly break down disciplinary boundaries in a discussion of the use of colour and texture across the whole range of Victorian design and analyses of the important roles played by mosaic, stained glass, embroidery and three-dimensional wall coverings.

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Ticket Price: £36
Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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Online Lecture: Outstanding Stories: Victorian Relief Decorations, A Lecture by Jo Banham

This lecture by Jo Banham explores the history, design and production of these innovative but still under-rated wall-coverings.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, October 29th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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November

Online Lecture: Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design, by Matthew Winterbottom

Matthew Winterbottom talks about the recent Ashmolean Exhibition Colour Revolution: Victorian Art, Fashion & Design that sought to challenge widely held perceptions that the Victorian age was dark and gloomy.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, November 6th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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Online Lecture: ‘Fair and Beautiful to Behold’ – Ecclesiastical Embroideries, by Mary Schoeser

This lecture discusses the neo-Gothic in relation to textiles and wallpapers, which focuses on ecclesiastical embroideries in particular. The title, Fair and Beautiful to Behold is after a quotation from G.E. Street. The lecture spills into the Edwardian period to include a Pankhurst banner and Ann Macbeth frontal, to bring out the double meaning of ‘fair’ (in social/political terms).

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, November 12th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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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.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, November 13th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm– 8:30 pm
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person | London
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Online Lecture: Owen Jones and the V&A, by Olivia Horsfall Turner

This talk will examine each of the projects that linked Victorian designer Owen Jones and the early V&A: his famous illustrated publication The Grammar of Ornament (1856), his decorative scheme for the so-called ‘Oriental Court’, and his relatively little-known book Examples of Chinese Ornament (1867).

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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Online Lecture: The Mosaics of Westminster Cathedral, by Peter Howell

This talk will examine the decorative interior of Westminster Cathedral, particularly the mosaics. J F Bentley intended that the interior should be covered in marble revetment and mosaics but he never had any mosaics installed. However, he approved the designs for the Holy Souls Chapel by his friend William Christian Symons.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, November 20th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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December

Online Lecture: Innovations in the Art and Craft of Stained Glass in the 19th Century

The quest for materials that would evoke the chromatic and textural qualities of early medieval stained glass inspired the work of manufacturers, artists and architects during the Victorian era. This illustrated lecture examines how the art form evolved alongside new technical developments.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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Online Lecture: Alfred Stevens: Master of Design, 1817-1875, by Teresa Sladen

When Alfred Stevens was waiting to hear who would finally be given the commission to design the Wellington Monument he said “They must give it to me. No one else knows anything about ornament”. What he meant by this is the subject of this lecture.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online
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