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The Victorian Society secures a notably rare success at consistory court

09/04/2024

The Society recently received the Judgment from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester, who has refused permission for a substantial extension and sweeping scheme of reordering to the church of St Leonard, Oakley, in Hampshire. This follows several years of negotiation in which the Society has repeatedly raised concerns at aspects of an overarching scheme that we consistently deemed insensitive and unduly damaging.

Happy Birthday, George Edmund Street! The Victorian Society celebrates the bicentenary year of architect G.E. Street

15/03/2024

This year is the bicentenary of the birth of George Edmund Street (1824 – 1881), the architect of the Royal Courts of Justice. From March to November, the Victorian Society, in association with St James the Less, Street’s Grade I listed church in Pimlico, London, are hosting a series of talks, walks, visits and a symposium in London, East Yorkshire and the West Midlands, to celebrate his work and achievements as a leader of the Gothic Revival. The Society’s magazine, The Victorian, devoted its latest edition to the architect.

The Victorian Society encourages people to object to plan to demolish agricultural outbuildings at George Eliot’s childhood farm home

05/03/2024

The Victorian Society are calling on the public to oppose the partial demolition of George Eliot's farmstead. Agricultural buildings associated with the childhood home of the 19th-century writer would be destroyed and replaced by an enlarged ‘replica’ housing the George Eliot Visitor Centre and Museum.

The Victorian Society needs a new Director

04/03/2024

The Victorian Society is seeking a new Director to start immediately.

Government launches consultation to stop the demolition of unlisted historic buildings under permitted development rights

The consultation we were promised at the height of our campaigning in 2023 to stop the demolition of unlisted historic buildings under permitted development rights is underway.

The Victorian Society and the London Gasketeers welcome break through in extending protection for Westminster gas lights

Arts and Heritage Minister Lord Parkinson's announcement on 12th February, of Listing Protection for four Gas Lamps in Covent Garden, heralds the possible protection of more of the historic lights.

Tudor Grange wins 2023 West Midlands Conservation Award

10/02/2024

Tudor Grange in Solihull has been awarded a prestigious conservation award for a restoration fit for Solihull kings and queens.

Victorian Society Director Joe O’Donnell

08/02/2024

After almost 4 years with the Victorian Society, Joe O’Donnell has moved on from his role as Director to focus on project managing the restoration of his new home.

The Victorian Society encourages people to have their say about plans to develop Worcester's Shrub Hill Quarter

07/02/2024

When the Victorian Society learned that Worcester Council was planning for an important area, including a Victorian railway hub from the 1850s, to be developed, including the demolition of two historic goods sheds, we applied for listing for this significant part of railway history. Now there's a chance to have your say about the future of Shrub Hill.

Sir David Cannadine presents 2020 Conservation Award plaque to Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd

Vice President Sir David Cannadine and the Victorian Society’s Birmingham and West Midland’s group presented the plaque to their 2020 Conservation Award winner on the 19th January 2024.

Chichester District Council approves destruction of building by leading gothic revival architect to improve conservation area

25/01/2024

The Victorian Society is extremely disappointed that, despite its strong objection, Chichester District Council has approved the demolition of a house designed by a significant Victorian architect in a conservation area.

Online talk series explores the British Empire’s architectural legacy from Glasgow to Australia ​(24 January - 13 March 2024)

The sun has long-since set on the British Empire, but its architecture still casts a long shadow. The Victorian Society’s 2024 Online Winter Talk series ‘Victorian and Edwardian Architecture in the Wider British World’ will visit Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, Malaya and New Zealand, with several of the talks coming from those countries.

First major book on flamboyant Edwardian architect Edwin Rickards published

Edwin Rickards by Timothy Brittain-Catlin is the latest in the Victorian Society’s monograph series on Victorian and Edwardian architects.

Watch the Public Meeting with Griff Rhys Jones to Save Liverpool Street Station

23/11/2023

Griff Rhys Jones OBE, the President of LISSCA and the Victorian Society, is urging the public to fight the scheme that developer Sellar and Network Rail have proposed for Liverpool Street Station. Griff hosted the free public meeting about the proposed development on 21st November 2023 at the Bishopsgate Institute in London, close to the Grade II-listed station and the Grade II*-listed former Great Eastern Hotel that will both be harmed if the proposal goes ahead. Watch the Save Liverpool Street Station Public Meeting on YouTube here.

Decision on Bishopsgate Bathhouse proves City of London needs to step up its heritage protection

22/11/2023

Despite 366 objections the City of London has given permission to cantilever over a gem-like, much loved, Grade II-listed building.

Griff Rhys Jones to host Save Liverpool Street Station Public Meeting 21 November 2023

The President of the Victorian Society and the LISSCA Campaign to Save Liverpool Street Station will be hosting a free public meeting at Bishopsgate Institute on Tuesday 21st November at 6pm. Hear how we can stop the partial demolition of the station and prevent a huge tower being cantilevered through and over the Grade II* hotel.

How do I object to the plans to partially demolish Liverpool Street Station?

We have prepared this guide to help anyone who wishes to write an objection to the plans to partially demolish Liverpool Street Station.

Griff Rhys Jones calls for public donations to fight Network Rail and Sellar’s planning application which will mean ‘no listed building is safe’

The controversial planning application for the partial demolition of listed Liverpool Street Station to build a tower through and over the Grade II* former Great Eastern Hotel has now been published after many months of delay.

Annual Appeal 2023: Save Liverpool Street Station!

As many of you will know by now, Liverpool Street Station and the grade II* former Great Eastern Hotel, face a grave threat. Network Rail and Sellar, the property developer behind the Shard, are proposing a 21-story tower that requires the partial demolition of the station and would cantilever over the grade II* Great Eastern Hotel.

The Society successfully lists elements of Worcester's railway boom

11/10/2023

Opened in 1852, Shrub Hill Station in Worcester served as a joint station for the Midland and Great Western Railways, quickly becoming the focal point for a bustling railway district east of the city centre. This district included locomotive works, goods yards, wagon repair sheds, industrial facilities, branch lines, and sidings, establishing Worcester as a significant railway hub in the 19th century.


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