Upcoming West Yorkshire events

Events: 2020

The West Yorkshire Group of the Victorian Society

2020 Programme

Tuesday February 11th 6-7pm at the Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB.

Leodis room, third floor.

Three Lesser-known Leeds Architects; W.H. Thorp, William Hill and Percy Robinson.

The distinctive atmosphere of magnificent Victorian and Edwardian Leeds was created not just by the greats such as Broderick and Corson, but also by other less well-known architects. Today Janet Douglas will explore the work of some of these key figures, with illustrations of many of their best known buildings.

Free but donations are welcome.

Tuesday March 3rd at 7-8.30 at the Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, LS1 6AL

A Revolution in the Home; Victorian domestic interiors and the aesthetics of electrification.

Women played an important part in the introduction of the significant new technology of electricity into the Victorian home. Professors Abigail Harrison Moore and Graeme Gooday of Leeds University will examine these issues, and introduce us to some Victorian approaches to decor, as well as later developments in design.

Donations of £5 invited.

Tuesday 21st April 6-7 at the Central Library, Leeds

Back-to-Back houses in the Harehills Triangle; Heritage at risk?

Joanne Harrison discusses and illustrates the history and development of the Harehills back-to-backs in Leeds. She also asks important questions about the conservation of this significant area of working-class housing. What values do we bring to considerations of heritage, and are they changing?


Saturday 2nd May 2-4pm.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; an architectural walk in Bradford City Centre and Little Germany

Join Chris Hammond as he surveys Bradford’s magnificent (and not) central buildings. Meet outside Bradford City Hall in Centenary Square.


Sunday 14th June 2pm

Victorian Armley

Janet Douglas will lead a walk around the suburb of Armley, which of course contains the magnificent Percy Robinson Library.


Saturday 4th July (provisional - alternative date 11th)

Edgar Wood Tour of Lindley

We begin at 1.30 for tea and biscuits at Lindley Methodist church with its excellent EW interiors.

2.0. The tour commences with the church, followed by a circuit of other Lindley sites. A follow up to John Rumsby’s talk on this inspiring Arts and Crafts architect.


Saturday 3rd October

A Walk around magnificent Central Huddersfield.

This walk begins at 10.0 outside the Grade 1 listed Railway Station, described by Pevsner as ‘one of the best early railway stations in England’. After a circuit of the Victorian centre, 11.0 sees us at the Town Hall where we have access to several rooms including the original Magistrates Court and the grand Concert Hall, plus several areas not normally open to the public. A rare treat, not to be missed. Finish around noon.

Tuesday 17 November at 6.30

Temple Moore; greatest Victorian architect?

You may agree with Gavin Stamp’s assessment, or not, but Geoff Brandwood’s expertise cannot be questioned. We have excellent examples of TM’s work in Leeds with the Left Bank Centre and the former Hostel of the Resurrection in Springfield Mount for you to make your own assessments.

Geoff has brought out a revised edition of his work on Temple Moore, the Gothic Revival architect, and we are honoured to host this Yorkshire launch.

Join Geoff for a glass of wine before an inspiring lecture.

Please note that times and venues for talks differ. Any further information or changes to this programme will be sent to you, but feel free to email with queries.

Members and non-members are welcome to join our events.

Comments, ideas and suggestions are all welcome. Please consider joining our very small and friendly planning group. jdiamondbr@yahoo.com