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.

September

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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October

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: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | 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: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | 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: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | 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: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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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: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | 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: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | 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: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | 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: Autumn Online Lecture Series 2024 | Online
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