​Recorded Talks about Victorian Institutions

North and South, Victorian heritage in our Pubs. A Talk by Geoff Brantwood

The focus of this talk is on pubs in the North of England, and it will explore differences between the North and South. Geoff Brantwood will investigate interesting heritage pubs, ranging from small rural inns to great drinking palaces erected in the golden age of pub building over a century ago.

Geoff was an architectural historian and the author and co- author of many books on pubs (as well as churches) and was an active member of the The Victorian Society.

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Highgate Cemetery Through Victorian Eyes. A Talk by Ian Dungavell

Many early Victorians found cemeteries rather shocking and modern. Highgate Cemetery was one of the most picturesque, its designers working with the natural advantages of the site to create a theatrical goldmine for its private developers. Using nineteenth-century prints and photographs from archive collections, Ian Dungavell tries to see Highgate Cemetery as the Victorians did.

Ian has been Chief Executive of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust since 2012. He was previously Director of the The Victorian Society.

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Grand Designs for Health & Wellbeing in the Victorian Hospital. A Talk by Harriet Richardson

This talk will look back at the work that Harriet undertook in the late 1980s and 1990s investigating hospital architecture for the Scottish Research Council and the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England and consider how some of these buildings have fared since then.

Harriet Richardson has worked on the Survey of London. Previously she worked on a survey of Scottish hospitals in 1988-90, and the thematic study of hospitals instigated by RCHME in 1991. Harriet is currently in her second year of a PhD researching the architectural development of hospitals in Scotland after the Second World War.

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The Pub Unwrapped and the Golden Age of Pub-Building - A Talk by Geoff Brandwood

Architectural historian Geoff Brandwood takes us on a virtual exploration of our Victorian pubs. From small country pubs and old inns, he will show how the pub as we know it was essentially a Victorian creation with a truly magnificent flowering in the closing years of the nineteenth century.

Geoff has co-authored and edited a number of books on pubs, as well has being heavily involved with the The Victorian Society for many years. He has played a key role in the Campaign for Real Ale’s fight to preserve historic pub interiors.

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A look at London’s Victorian Cemeteries. A Talk by Brian Parsons

Brian Parsons, co-author with Hugh Meller of London Cemeteries, an Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer will explore some familiar and lesser known aspects of the capital’s Victorian cemetery heritage copiously illustrated with both archival and contemporary photos.

Dr Brian Parsons has worked in the funeral industry in London since 1982. His other works include: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer, London Cemeteries in Old Photographs, Committed to the Cleansing Flame: The Development of Cremation in Nineteenth Century England and The Undertaker at Work: 1900-1950.

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