1822 Cutting-edge Victorians lecture series

Monday 15 October 6:30 PM to Wednesday 28 November 8:00 PM

Price for single delegate: £77.00

For the Society’s sixtieth anniversary, we explore the future of research into Victorian architecture and design in the hands of a new generation. Six scholars at the outset of their academic careers - either studying for a higher degree or recently in receipt of one - will talk to us about their research and its place in the current development of Victorian studies. The series is introduced by Alex Bremner, author of the ground-breaking book Imperial Gothic (2012), who will present an overview of the present state and possible future of the subject. The series has been organised by Michael Hall. 

Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services. Tickets £11 on the door, if available, or £10 if you book 6 or more.


Sessions

7. ‘Finest selection of extant goods required’: construction networks under the Victorian master builder - speaker Roxanne Ravenhill

Wednesday 28 November 6:30 PM - Wednesday 28 November 8:00 PM

The lecture will re-examine the large-scale contractor as a fundamental cog in the making of London’s built environment, illuminating the way that they increasingly turned to multi-layered supply chains for the successful and competitive delivery of the material requirements of each project. Roxanne Ravenhill is studying for an MA in the V&A/RCA History of Design programme. Specialising in 19th-century construction networks, her thesis questions existing definitions of the Victorian ‘master builder’ as a large-scale, fully integrated building contractor and also presents a closer relationship between construction and interior decoration than has hitherto been suggested. Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. LATECOMERS NOT ADMITTED. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services.


6. The Victorian Architectural Model - speaker Matthew Wells

Monday 19 November 6:30 PM - Monday 19 November 8:00 PM

Drawing on a wide variety of objects and documents from key public and private collections, this lecture will explore how British architects used and thought about models in the course of their professional practice throughout the Victorian era. Matthew Wells is an architect and historian who is completing a PhD for the V&A/RCA History of Design programme, ‘Models and the professional practice of the architect, 1834 -1916’. He has a particular interest in the relationship between the use of architectural models and the development of ‘The Architect’ as a professional. Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. LATECOMERS NOT ADMITTED. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services.


5. From Ireland to Belgium: the importance of the 19th-century house - speaker Susan Galavan

Monday 12 November 6:30 PM - Monday 12 November 8:00 PM

Susan Galavan will discuss her work on the 19th-century house in Ireland and Belgium, an ubiquitous building type which continues to shape our urban experience. Susan is an architect and architectural historian with over 12 years’ experience on historic buildings in Ireland, Italy and Germany. Her recent book Dublin’s Bourgeois Homes: building the Victorian suburbs 1850-1901 (Routledge) is the first in-depth analysis of Dublin’s Victorian domestic architecture. She is currently a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leuven, Belgium where she is building on research on the British and Irish context to examine the row house typology in Belgium. Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. LATECOMERS NOT ADMITTED. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services.


4. Rowland Plumbe at the London Hospital, 1884–1919 - speaker Amy Smith

Monday 05 November 6:30 PM - Monday 05 November 8:00 PM

The remodelling and enlargement of the London Hospital under the supervision of the architect Rowland Plumbe converted an historic infirmary into a sprawling medical complex run on efficient and sanitary lines. Based on extensive research for the Survey of London’s current study of Whitechapel, Amy Smith’s doctoral research is focused on the architectural history of University College London; her study will contribute to a Survey of London monograph. Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. LATECOMERS NOT ADMITTED. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services.


3. Victorian church wall painting: a fresh perspective - speaker Elizabeth Woolley

Tuesday 30 October 6:30 PM - Tuesday 30 October 8:00 PM

The fine art ‘wall painting revival’ associated with the Palace of Westminster has overshadowed contemporary developing interest in ecclesiastical wall paintings. This talk presents findings from research into the demand, supply and technology of such painting, often done by commercial firms more typically known for their stained glass. These paintings are numerous, but rarely studied and poorly defined. Using photographic, archive and contemporary written evidence, the case is made for the significance of these paintings to be assessed on their own merits. Elizabeth Woolley is a PhD student at the Courtauld Institute, London, working on a thesis entitled Victorian ecclesiastical mural painting in England: revivalist art and revolutionary technology. Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. LATECOMERS NOT ADMITTED. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services.


2. Parliaments and laboratories: architectural history in 20th-century Britain - speaker Edward Gillin

Tuesday 23 October 6:30 PM - Tuesday 23 October 8:00 PM

Considering how constructive architectural history has been to the study of Victorian science, politics, religion and society, it’s odd that this subject often carries with it an image of being somewhat antiquated and is not something that university faculties seem to regard as attractive for undergraduates or productive for research. Yet it’s revealing just how often historians want to put architecture at the centre of their work. This lecture explores the value of architectural history in the broader study of the past and argues that buildings will continue to be at the very forefront of British history. Edward Gillin is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. The research for his D.Phil at Oxford on the uses of scientific knowledge in the building of Charles Barry’s new Houses of Parliament between 1834 and 1860 has resulted in his book The Victorian Palace of Science: Scientific Knowledge and the Building of the Houses of Parliament (2017 Cambridge University Press). Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. LATECOMERS NOT ADMITTED. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services.


1. Studying Victorian architecture: past reflections, future developments - speaker Alex Bremner

Monday 15 October 6:30 PM - Monday 15 October 8:00 PM

The opening lecture will reflect upon past achievements in scholarship on Victorian arhitecture with a view to asking where it has arrived at now, and in what directions it might develop in the future. As the Victorian Society passes through its 60th year, the status and ‘health’ of the subject will face unprecedented challenges in terms of institutional recognition and funding but there are ways of meeting these challenges that will not only strengthen and diversify the subject, but also set it on a secure footing for the future. Alex Bremner is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and the editor of Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire (2016 Oxford University Press). Lectures usually last about an hour and take place at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1 at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm and close at 6.25pm. LATECOMERS NOT ADMITTED. Wine will be available before the lectures (not included in ticket prices). The venue is conveniently placed for Holborn and Russell Square tube stations and numerous bus services.



Event code: 1822

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