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.

July

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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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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August

Walk: Exploring Victorian Clapham, led by Christopher Claxton Stevens

Clapham became part of the Metropolis with the coming of the underground in 1900. This walk will cover the earlier background of the area and focus on the grander Victorian architecture that still remains

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Ticket Price: £18
Date: Saturday, August 31st, 2024
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Clapham Common Underground Station – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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September

Walk: Liverpool Street Station and its Environs, led by Steven Brindle

This walk explores Liverpool Street Station and its environs, to see how the north-eastern City developed in the Victorian age, how the historic streetscape has fared in modern times, and what impact the proposed over-development of the station, which the Society strongly opposes, would have on this many layered and sensitive area.

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Ticket Price: £18
Date: Thursday, September 5th, 2024
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Venue: Liverpool Street Station – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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Talk: The Monk Sisters at St James the Less: Women and Architectural Patronage in Victorian Britain, by Alex Bremner

In this talk, Professor Alex Bremner will explore the role of Jane Emily and Penelope Anna Monk in the commissioning of St James the Less, Pimlico, and what, if any, impact their vision for the church had on G. E. Street’s design.

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Ticket Price: £10
Date: Monday, September 9th, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue: St James the Less Church, Pimlico – View on map
Location: G E Street Bicentenary 2024 | London | In Person
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Walk: Exploring Brixton’s Victorian History

In this walking tour, led by the Brixton Society, we will explore the fascinating retail heritage of Brixton.

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Ticket Price: £20
Date: Wednesday, September 11th, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: Brixton Recreation Centre – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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Walk: Merton Park, “The Original and Most Unique Garden Suburb”, led by Tony Woolfenden

Tony Woolfenden leads a walk around John Innes’ Merton Park estate, “the original and most unique garden suburb” (to quote the estate company’s advertisements).

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Ticket Price: £22
Date: Saturday, September 21st, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Venue: Merton Park Station – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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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: London | In Person
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Visit: RIBA Drawings Collection at the V&A

The visit will start with an introductory talk on the history of the RIBA Drawings Collection by curator, Charles Hind followed by a look at a selection of Victorian drawings from the collection, including several by Alfred Waterhouse for the Natural History Museum. We will move across to the Museum to look at the exterior and the Great Hall.

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Ticket Price: £20
Date: Monday, October 21st, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum, Exhibition Road – View on map
Location: London | In Person
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November

Visit: All Saints’ church, Putney Common – G E Street Bicentenary

All Saints’ church, Putney, was opened as a chapel of ease in 1874. The interior is richly polychromatic and the many Morris & Co windows are of outstanding quality. This visit is our final look at a church by G E Street.

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Ticket Price: £15
Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2024
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: All Saints, Putney – View on map
Location: G E Street Bicentenary 2024 | London | In Person
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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: London | In Person
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