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

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March

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

June

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: In Person | London

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: In Person | London

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: In Person | London

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: In Person | London

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: In Person | London