2020 Events Programme

Find out what events we will he running in 2020.

All Meetings, Half Day and Day Schools are held at The Birmingham & Midland Institute (BMI), 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS unless otherwise stated for a specific event.

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All are welcome at our meetings, although priority may be given to members on some visits. For a confirmation of your booking please send sae, or ask for confirmation by email.

E-mail enquiries to: events@victorian-society-bham.org.uk


Sunday 19th January 2020
ANNUAL LUNCHEON
£28 at the Plough & Harrow, Hagley Road, Birmingham
We return to the Plough & Harrow in Edgbaston. The lunch will be followed by the Chairman's Quiz on all things Victorian.

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Saturday 8th February 2020
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2019 CONSERVATION AWARD WINNER
10.30 am at the Birmingham & Midland Institute
The AGM takes around 30 minutes and this is followed by a review of the 2019 Conservation Award entrants and announcement of the winner. The morning is rounded off by an update on current Casework in our region by members of the casework team.
Complementary coffee on arrival and free admission
Potential & non-members are also welcome to attend

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Saturday 28th March 2020
VICTORIAN PARKS & GARDENS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

A Day School at the Birmingham & Midland Institute.
10.15 am start. Registration from 9.45 am.
This day school will focus on both the establishment of parks and gardens during the Victorian and Edwardian period and on current conservation and restoration issues.

The scene will be set by garden and social historian Advolly Richmond who you may have seen on BBC 2’s Gardener’s World. Henrietta Lockhart as Collections Officer/Curator for Winterbourne House will illustrate the development of the Nettlefolds’ substantial garden. Chris Begg, Trustee of Hill Close Gardens, Warwick will describe both their development and recent restoration. Dr Katy Layton-Jones has recently given evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the current challenges facing Victorian Parks. Phillida Ballard was commissioned to research and write a history of Chamberlain’s Highbury Hall landscape to assist with a restoration grant application. A sixth speaker is still to be confirmed.

£40 per person or £25 for full time students or qualifying benefits (attach evidence for qualifying benefits/student status)

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Saturday 16th May 2020
AFTERNOON TEA & VISIT TO SEVERN STREET MASONIC HALL, BIRMINGHAM

3.00 p.m.
The Atholl Masonic Hall is a remarkable former synagogue of 1827 by Richard Tutin, which was the predecessor of Singers Hill synagogue. Its modest classical front has pilasters, cornice and low attic. Windows and brick panels of 1891 by Essex & Nicol, who also constructed the lobby. The main hall is beyond, articulated by plain pilasters, above a high dado. to the rear of this is the Banquetting Hall, where we shall be taking our Afternoon Tea; this was added in 1871 by Henry Naden. The hall has an opulent ceiling with beams supported by big consoles. At each end there is a fireplace with a shouldered lintel and a large mirror above framed by Corinthian columns and a segmental pediment. The decoration includes five and six pointed stars, suitable for a lodge with many Jewish members.

Now also known for its excellent catering, we shall be able to wonder at this little seen architectural gem in the city centre.
£12.50 per person

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Tuesday 9th June 2020
COACH VISIT TO CLEVEDON PIER & TYNTESFIELD HOUSE
Grade I listed Victorian pier near Bristol which was built with ‘left overs’ from Brunel’s other projects.
Followed by lunch and the afternoon at Tyntesfield, a Grade I listed house that was remodelled by John Norton into a Victorian Gothic extravaganza.

25th-27th September 2020
WEEKEND IN CARDIFF
To include visits to Castell Coch, Cardiff Castle, Llandaff Cathedral & Dyffren House & GardensFurther details and bookings in January 2020.

All are welcome at our day meetings, although priority may be given to members on some visits. For a confirmation of any bookings please send sae, or ask for confirmation by email.