New chapter for Victorian Society as director announces his departure

The Director of the Victorian Society, Christopher Costelloe, has announced that he will be stepping down after 7 years in the role, to move on to new challenges.

Mr Costelloe joined the Victorian Society in 2010 as a conservation adviser, before his appointment as Director in 2012. His time as Director has seen many successes for the Victorian Society, including the defeat of plans to demolish much of Smithfield General Market in the City of London, the listing of over 40 buildings at the Society’s instigation, and also a major refurbishment of the Society’s headquarters.

Professor Hilary Grainger, Chair of the Victorian Society, stated: “The Trustees would like to thank Chris for the contribution that he has made to the work of the Victorian Society over the past decade, both as a conservation adviser and as Director. The Society is particularly grateful for his thorough and professional advocacy of Victorian and Edwardian architecture across the media and his meticulous approach to casework. We also appreciate his recent organisation of the practical and operational management of the office arising from the recent refurbishment of our headquarters in Priory Gardens. We all wish him every success in the future.”

Mr Costelloe said: “It has been an honour to champion Victorian and Edwardian architecture in one of the most interesting jobs in heritage. I am proud of all that the Society has achieved over the last seven years, and am looking forward to moving on to new challenges in the heritage sector.”
The Victorian Society will shortly be advertising for a successor for this key role.

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