Protecting our Victorian & Edwardian heritage


The Victorian Society is the charity championing Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales. We fight to ensure that our precious Victorian and Edwardian architecture is protected for future generations. We campaign to save Victorian and Edwardian buildings from demolition or careless alteration.


As a charity, our members’ support is vital to our work. Click here to find out more about how you can support us.

Victorian Society slams Liverpool Council’s approval of controversial zip wire plans

20/07/2020

The Victorian Society deplores the recent decision of Liverpool City Council to grant planning permission for a zip wire between St John’s Beacon and the Central Library building.

Victorian Society celebrates approval of plans to finally restore crumbling Smithfield General Market

24/06/2020

Plans to transform the historic market into the Museum of London have been officially approved.

Nominations for Top 10 Endangered Buildings 2020 now open!

11/06/2020

The Victorian Society has opened nominations for this years Top 10 Endangered Buildings campaign

Victorian Society urges councils and owners to protect their historic buildings after a spate of arson attacks

28/05/2020

Following yet another major blaze at a listed building, pressure mounts on councils to do more to protect our precious historic buildings. The Victorian Society warns councils that we face losing many more important buildings to arson unless urgent action is taken to secure them properly.

Victorian Society condemns needless destruction of historic Birmingham police station

27/05/2020

A characterful Victorian police station in Birmingham imminently faces the wrecking ball. The historic structure, built by prominent architects, is deemed ‘inconvenient’ - standing in the way of a road-widening scheme.

Victorian Society: Coronavirus update

17/03/2020

The Victorian Society is sorry to announce that due to the coronavirus outbreak we are cancelling all of our events until further notice. However, apart from event cancellations, we will be running business as usual and continuing our fight to protect our Victorian buildings.

Victorian Society calls for public inquiry as Bristol faces losing a key part of its waterside heritage

12/03/2020

The Victorian Society requests a public inquiry into the Silverthorne Lane development in a final bid to save an irreplaceable part of Bristol’s industrial heritage.

Victorian Society calls for reuse of Bradford's historic Fountain Hall

27/02/2020

The Victorian Society urge Bradford Council to save the remains of a historic piece of Victorian architecture currently facing demolition.


Birmingham & West Midlands group of the Victorian Society name Smethwick Council House restoration as winner of their 2019 Conservation Award

10/02/2020

The Birmingham & West Midlands group of the Victorian Society have named Sandwell Council as the winners of their 2019 Conservation Award for the restoration of Smethwick Council House.

New chapter for Victorian Society as director announces his departure

The Director of the Victorian Society, Christopher Costelloe, has announced that he will be stepping down after 7 years in the role, to move on to new challenges.


Historic Exeter deserves better

06/02/2020

An incongruously large development planned for Exeter would greatly overshadow the surrounding low-rise historic townscape

Victorian Society winter lecture series

10/01/2020

The Victorian Society launch a series of lectures exploring the imaginative conservation and reuse of historic buildings.

Victorian Society oppose unnecessary loss of Preston’s gothic Victorian orphanage

10/12/2019

A historic Grade II-listed orphanage complex in Preston faces the wrecking ball to make way for a housing development.

Victorian Society announce Top 10 Most Endangered Buildings 2019

13/09/2019

Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, said: “This year’s Top Ten Endangered Buildings is a particularly rich mix, with buildings of amazing quality throughout the country facing demolition or ruin. With a great country house, one of the country’s most important industrial complexes, and public buildings at the heart of our cities all on the list, it is vital that we get the public’s help to try to save our threatened heritage.”


Save the historic Watson's Hotel Building

21/06/2019

A key part of Mumbai's heritage is under threat from demolition.