Watch our online talks for just £5!

Our upcoming online talks and past talks which can be watched again are listed below. All our talks are just £5 each. Tickets to live events also allow you to watch again at time which suits you.

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Our upcoming online events:

We host our online talks on Zoom, ticketed through Eventbrite.

Architectural Dynasties Series

We are pleased to announce our new Architectural Dynasties Series – a series of four online talks commencing 13th April.

If you take even the most cursory glance at the index of any Buildings of England volume it would be clear that dynasties enjoyed great prevalence in post-medieval architectural culture. A roll-call of famous British architects would necessarily include them: the Adams, Pugins and Wyatts, for instance, while others, like Sir Christopher Wren and Sir John Soane, had frustrated dynastic ambitions. This four-part series will bring architectural dynasties into focus by examining what can be learnt by thinking about them as groups spanning larger time-spans than individuals. Key questions across the series might include: What was at stake for dynasties and those who supported them? Did architects ‘do’ architecture any differently by virtue of belonging to a dynasty, for instance in inheriting a bias for a particular style? What would the built environment look like had there not been architectural dynasties?

You can buy individual tickets to the upcoming talks in the series below:

The Vaudoyers: a French architectural dynasty 1756-1975 - 4 May 7pm

Historian and curator Barry Bergdoll examines transformations in French architectural culture through the lens of the Vaudoyer dynasty of architects.

Scale, inhabitation and detail: architectural reflections from a fifth generation Scott architect - 8 June 7pm

Architect Nick Gilbert Scott talks about his famous ancestors, including his grandfather Sir Giles and his great-great grandfather, Sir George.

Gables and Fables: the Buckler Dynasty - 6 July 7pm

Architectural historian Joshua Mardell introduces the unsung Buckler dynasty of Gothic Revival architects and topographical draughtsmen.

Missed our first talk in the series? Purchase a ticket to watch the recording of 'The Caroe Dynasty: a family and its home over four generations' here.

Ordinary Lives with Extraordinary Impacts: The C19th Ironbridge Gorge
Curator Lauren Stephenson delves into the rich history of the globally important UNESCO World Heritage site Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire.

From ‘Lady Woodcarvers’ to Professionals: The Remarkable Pinwill Sisters
Learn all about the remarkable Pinwill sisters who worked as professional woodcarvers in Victorian Ermington and then Plymouth.

Virtual book launch: AWN Pugin by David Frazer Lewis
This is a ticket to buy the book 'AWN Pugin' by David Frazer Lewis and attend the virtual book launch event to hear from the author!

Grand Designs for Health & Wellbeing in the Victorian Hospital
Explore the fascinating history of 19th-century hospitals in this talk by the Survey of London's Harriet Richardson.

Missed a talk? You can still purchase tickets to past talks:

Victorian Society events are publicised to members below and in the 'Blue Sheet' with our mailings in February, June and October. Some require booking, others you can just turn up on the day.

For events organised by our regional groups, please see the regional group pages:

Birmingham & West Midlands; Leicester; Liverpool; Manchester; West Yorkshire; South Yorkshire and Wales.