Wednesday 09 January 6:30 PM to Monday 18 February 8:00 PM
Price for single delegate: £77.00
This series explores the history and architecture of seven great cities in Britain and Ireland, France and the United States in the Victorian age. We see how they adapted and responded to the buildings and environment that they inherited, met the challenges of hectic urban growth and profound social problems, and created much remarkable new architecture in the process. Series organised by Steven Brindle.
Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services. Tickets £11 on the door, if available, or cheaper if you book 6 or more.
New York City was one of the fastest-growing and most technologically advanced cities in the world in the nineteenth century, the pace of change accelerating as the century advanced. Professor Mosette Broderick is Director of Urban Design and Architecture Studies at New York University, and an authority on the history and architecture of the city. She tells us how New York’s architecture evolved over this period, developing new building types and technologies, and laying the foundations of modern Manhattan.
Paris in the nineteenth century had a turbulent history as revolutionary city, as well as the leading European centre of high culture and fashionable society. Endowed with remarkable buildings under successive regimes, its modern character was defined in the later nineteenth century, and it has arguably the grandest and most well-preserved nineteenth century cityscape in the world. Dr Gabriel Wick is a landscape and art historian and curator, based in Paris. He lectures in the Department of Art and Design History and Theory at the Paris campus of Parsons/The New School. He will talk us through the development of the nineteenth century city with a focus on recent restorations of Paris’ magnificent legacy of cast-iron buildings.
In the nineteenth century Belfast rose from being a modest merchant town to be the largest city in Ireland and one of the great industrial hubs of the British Isles, specialising in linen, shipbuilding and tobacco. The Harland & Wolff shipyards were among the largest in the world and the new City Hall of 1898-1906, one of the finest civic buildings in the world. Marcus Patton is a conservation architect and until recently was Director of Hearth, the largest building preservation trust in Northern Ireland. He is the author of a number of publications, including Central Belfast: An Historical Gazetteer.
Edinburgh is often thought of in terms of the contrast between the Old Town on its hill and the spacious late-Georgian New Town below. Actually, the development of the New Town continued right through the Victorian age.. The city spread outwards in all directions and Scotland’s long prosperity endowed its capital with magnificent Victorian and Edwardian buildings which have distinctively Scots character. Adam Wilkinson, the Director of the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, talks us through these fascinating but less familiar aspects of the city’s history and architecture.
Kingston upon Hull was one of England’s premier ports from the Middle Ages, its prosperity peaking in the later nineteenth century. Granted city status in 1897, it was endowed with impressive civic buildings such as Sir Edwin Cooper’s great Guildhall. The city remains rich in late Victorian and Edwardian architecture in its centre and throughout its attractive Victorian suburbs. Dr David Neave is a historian, formerly of the University of Hull. He is a leading authority on the history of the city and of the East Riding, and has published several books on the area. He and his wife Susan wrote the Pevsner City Guide to Hull and the revision of the Buildings of England volume on York and the East Riding.
Liverpool’s epic history as the leading British port of the Atlantic trade throughout the nineteenth century turned it into one of the great cities of the British Isles, its magnificent civic and commercial buildings deployed in a spectacular setting above the broad estuary of the Mersey. The city is recovering after the long years of post-war decline, though it has seen more than its fair share of conservation battles and architectural controversies. Joseph Sharples is an authority on the history and architecture of the city, having been a Curator at the city’s Walker Art Gallery and an historian at Liverpool University. He is the author of the Pevsner City Guide to Liverpool.
Cambridge at the beginning of the Victorian age was still a moderately-sized town that the presence of the University had endowed with a remarkable range of buildings. Dr Simon Bradley, the Senior Editor of the Pevsner Architectural Guides at Yale University Press and the author of the recently published volume on Cambridgeshire, will take us through the Victorian age’s varied and fascinating impact on the architecture of Cambridge with a focus on some of the lesser-known buildings and monuments.
Event code: 1900
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