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January

Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, January 31st, 2024
Time: 7am
Venue: Online
Location: Online

February

Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Online – View on map
Location: Online

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Body Snatcher’, by Robert Louis Stevenson with June Lawrence

This Scottish short story of two grave robbers has characters based on criminals employed by the real-life surgeon Robert Knox (1791–1862).

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person

Enviable Reputation: An Indian Engineer and the Construction of Victorian Bombay

This lecture will examine the role of one prominent Indian architect and engineer of the Victorian era, Khan Bahadur Muncherji Cowasji Murzban (1839-1917) concentrating on his official career to examine his meteoric rise and his role in the construction of Victorian Bombay.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Online
Location: Online

Life on the Buffalo River – the Development of East London, South Africa

The river port town of East London, on the eastern seaboard of South Africa, was born in conflict in 1848, and after a long period of penury, finally commenced with more substantial development in the 1870s. The talk will provide an overview of the history and development of the town and present some of the Victorian era architecture and structures.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Online
Location: Online

Eclecticism and Ornament in Malaya’s Vernacular Classicism

This lecture explores how the eclectic ornamental classicism of Victorian and Edwardian Britain came to influence Malaya’s own syncretic brand of classical architecture, resulting in a unique regional style.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, February 28th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Online
Location: Online

March

Date: Tuesday, March 5th, 2024
Venue: Sheffield Workhouse – View on map
Location: In Person | South Yorkshire

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘Kidnapped’ and ‘Thrown Away’ by Rudyard Kipling

We start with stories of India. As we explore these stories, we should gain a more personal perspective of the lives lived within the colonial system than that recorded in the history books.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Tuesday, March 5th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person

Building Better Britain: Victorian Architecture in New Zealand, 1840 – 1901

The nineteenth-century colonisation of New Zealand was seen as an opportunity to establish a new society on the far side of the world that would perpetuate British culture while avoiding the poverty, overcrowding and industrial pollution that afflicted contemporary Britain.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, March 6th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Online
Location: Online
Ticket Price: £10 (£5 for students)
Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2024
Time: 7.00 for 7.15pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. Room F13 – View on map
Location: Manchester | In Person

From Palaces of Art to the Studios of Bohemia: Artists’ Houses in Victorian Kensington and Chelsea, by Jo Banham

Successful Victorian artists, like Leighton and Luke Fildes, earned incomes that meant they were able to commission magnificent, purpose-built studio houses in the leafy suburbs of Holland Park and Kensington. The less wealthy and more unconventional, like Rossetti and Whistler, gravitated towards Chelsea, occupying picturesque old buildings in the area. This lecture reviews the two most famous artists’ colonies – Melbury Road, Kensington and Cheyne Walk and Tite Street, Chelsea – and explores the lives and interiors of the painters who lived there.

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Ticket Price: £10
Date: Tuesday, March 12th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, W8 4LA – View on map
Location: In Person | London

The Architecture of ‘Greater Britain’: Style and Empire, c.1885-1915

This lecture will consider the role architecture played in responding to perceived notions of British decline in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Online
Location: Online
Ticket Price: Members Tickets: £5
Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2024
Time: 1:30 pm – 4 pm
Venue: Meeting in front of Bootham Bar, High Petergate, York YO1 7EH – View on map
Location: In Person | West Yorkshire
Ticket Price: £40.00 (£30 concessions) including lunch and refreshments
Date: Saturday, March 16th, 2024
Time: 10:15
Venue: Online
Location: Birmingham & West Midlands
Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2024
Venue: Online
Location: In Person | Liverpool
Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2024
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm
Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT – View on map
Location: In Person | Liverpool
Date: Friday, March 22nd, 2024
Venue: Sheffield Town Hall – View on map
Location: South Yorkshire | In Person

April

Visit to Great Malvern & Malvern College

A walk to Malvern College, which was founded in 1865 and is regarded as one of England’s premier independent schools. Our Honorary Treasurer, James Fletcher, who works at the College, will guide us around the College campus including the main College (1865), Chapel (1899), Pavilion (1894), Music School (1862), St Edmund’s Hall (1905) and others. We will finish with refreshments in the Memorial Library (1924).

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Ticket Price: £23 including buffet lunch & afternoon tea/coffee.
Date: Tuesday, April 9th, 2024
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Online
Location: In Person | Birmingham & West Midlands

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Rise of Ram Din’ by Alice Perrin.

This story provides an insight into the life of Indian servants, which is told through the voice of the Indian servant, rather than his Western master. There are many thematic contradictions such as loyalty/disloyalty; power struggle/duty; revenge and manipulation/honest labour.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person

Ernest George and large country houses

In this talk, Hilary Grainger explores the larger country houses considered to be the backbone of his practice. He designed over two dozen with Peto and seven with Yeates, in addition to altering, restoring and adding to many others. Clients were drawn from a wide spectrum – the landed gentry, the professions, trade and industry and the middle classes.

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Date: Tuesday, April 16th, 2024
Venue: Online
Location: South Yorkshire

Manchester’s theatre district – a walk with David Astbury

Back by popular demand! David Astbury (former Vic Soc Manchester Chair) will lead a repeat walk on the Theatres of Oxford Street and Peter Street, a walk of about two hours passing through what was once the heart of Manchester’s historic theatre district.

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Ticket Price: £10.00 – pay on the day
Date: Tuesday, April 16th, 2024
Time: 6.30pm till about 8.30pm
Venue: Oxford Road station approach on the traffic island under the ‘Oxford Road Station’ sign – View on map
Location: In Person | Manchester

Victorian Powerhouse: Industrial Wales and its Architectural Legacy

This talk will look at the architectural expression of Victorian industry and commerce at a time when Wales was an economic superpower exporting coal, slate and metals across the world.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Friday, April 26th, 2024
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: Online
Location: Online | Wales

Exploring Oldham’s heritage as the “cotton-spinning capital of the world.

This magnificent Victorian town park was built by the people of Oldham during the cotton famine, sparked by the American Civil war. Now registered Grade II* it opened in 1865 and we will see its restored features, listed monuments and structures and well-maintained planting.

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Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2024
Time: 10.15 for 11.00
Venue: King Street at the Tram station (OL8 1EU) – View on map
Location: West Yorkshire | In Person

Members’ afternoon

Members and their guests are invited to bring a maximum of 6 images on a memory stick to explain and share.

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Ticket Price: £15 with light refreshments, including cakes.
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2024
Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Venue: The Sir Arthur Sullivan Hall at the BMI. – View on map
Location: In Person | Birmingham & West Midlands

Exploring Oldham’s heritage as the “cotton-spinning capital” of the world.

This magnificent Victorian town park was built by the people of Oldham during the cotton famine, sparked by the American Civil war. Now registered Grade II* it opened in 1865 and we will see its restored features, listed monuments and structures and well-maintained planting.

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Ticket Price: Come to one or both parts. Members Tickets: £5 for one, £8 both. Full notes will be provided
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2024
Time: 11.00 am till 4.00 pm
Venue: Meet at the King Street Tram station (OL8 1EU) at 10.45 for 11.00. – View on map
Location: In Person | Manchester

50 Years of the Liverpool Group of the The Victorian Society

Roger Hull has been an active committee member of the Liverpool Group of the The Victorian Society for many years and will tell the fascinating story of the group since its foundation in 1974.

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Date: Tuesday, April 30th, 2024
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Liverpool Athenaeum, 12-18 Church Alley (off School Lane), Liverpool, L1 3DD – View on map
Location: In Person | Liverpool

May

Victorian Short Story Reading Group: ‘The Pipe of Mystery’ by G.A. Henty

This story involves the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 but is told at a jovial gathering from the perspective of an adventure, with no mention of the politics or problems which led to the troubles.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 2024
Time: 07:00
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person

A guided tour of the graveyard of All Saints, Childwall, by Diana Goodier

The tour will highlight some of the most interesting burials from the Victorian period – the shipping magnates, local politicians, founding members of the university and a couple of architects.

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Ticket Price: £5 (Cash or Cheque)
Date: Saturday, May 11th, 2024
Time: 11:00am
Venue: Meet by the war memorial at 11.00. Address: Score Lane, Liverpool, L16 0JW – View on map
Location: In Person | Liverpool

June

West Norwood Cemetery

This story involves the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 but is told at a jovial gathering from the perspective of an adventure, with no mention of the politics or problems which led to the troubles.

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Ticket Price: £20
Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2024
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: West Norwood Cemetery, West Norwood, SE27 9JU – View on map
Location: In Person

Gwrych Castle visit

Come and enjoy a guided walk around Gwrych Castle and meet the The Victorian Society’s Welsh group.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: Monday, June 3rd, 2024
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Venue: Gwrych Castle – View on map
Location: In Person | Wales

Day visit to Stourbridge

This walking tour of Stourbridge will be led by Andy Foster and David Low and will highlight some of the town’s significant Victorian buildings. The group will be divided into two. One group will start with the walking tour and then visit the Glass Museum in the afternoon whilst the other group will start with the Glass Museum and then the walk in the afternoon.

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Ticket Price: £30 which includes bus from St Augustine’s Birmingham, morning drink, lunch, and guided tour of the Glass Museum + donations
Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2024
Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: Departing St Augustine’s Church, Edgbaston B16 9JN (Buses 9 or 126 from Colmore Row or Broad Street to Westfield Road.) There is free road parking by the church. – View on map
Location: In Person | Birmingham & West Midlands

An Exploration of Surrey led by Charles O’Brien

This story involves the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 but is told at a jovial gathering from the perspective of an adventure, with no mention of the politics or problems which led to the troubles.

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Date: Saturday, June 8th, 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: Main entrance of Guildford Station – View on map
Location: In Person
Ticket Price: £6
Date: Wednesday, June 12th, 2024
Time: 7.00 – 8.30 pm
Venue: Priory Gardens, London W4 1TT – View on map
Location: In Person

Ilkley, from village Spa to Victorian resort – a walk with Alex Cockshott

Ilkley started as a village with fresh air and pure cold water. It had an increasing number of visitors in the Victorian era. With the arrival of the railway station in 1865, and the Middleton family starting land sales against a planned grid, the village expanded. We shall look at how the town centre developed, including the Grove.

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Ticket Price: Members £5
Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: From Village Spa to Victorian Resort – View on map
Location: West Yorkshire | In Person

Visit: St John’s Church, Ranmoor, led by Mary Grover

A talk by Mary Grover about the History of the first St John’s Church in Ranmoor followed by a guided tour.

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Ticket Price: £5
Date: Saturday, June 15th, 2024
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: St John’s Church, Ranmoor – View on map
Location: In Person