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

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February

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

March

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

April

Visit: Great Malvern & Malvern College

A guided tour of Great Malvern Railway Station by Peter Clement from Malvern Civic Society; then a guided walk of Great Malvern by our Chairman, Stephen Hartland; lunch at the Mount Pleasant Hotel; then a tour of Malvern College by our Honorary Treasurer, James Fletcher, who works at the college. Malvern College was founded in 1865 and is regarded as one of England’s premier independent schools. The tour of the campus includes 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

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

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

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: Manchester | 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: 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Venue: The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS. – View on map
Location: In Person | Birmingham & West Midlands

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: Wales | In Person

Visit: Day Trip 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. 

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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: 9.00 am  Bus departs from St Augustine’s Church, Edgbaston – 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

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

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

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: London | In Person

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: London | In Person

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: London | In Person

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: London | In Person

Visit: Coach Trip to Shropshire

A coach visit to Shropshire, taking in St Mary’s Church, Tenbury Wells; St John the Baptist at Stokesay Castle and Stokesay Court, near Craven Arms, described by Niklaus Pevsner as ‘the most grandiloquent Victorian mansion in the County’.

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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

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