Friday, 8 January 2016

Saving a Century........... a major new photographic exhibition from the Victorian Society ..... starts today

Now here is an exhibition not to be missed combining the story of the Victorian Society’s ongoing work to save our historic buildings with a fine collection of photographs from their collection.

It's free free and at the John Rylands Library on Deansgate between January 8- March 24

According to Steve Roman, “the Victorian Society’s photographic exhibition Saving a Century, curated by noted architectural historian Gavin Stamp, which will be on show free of charge at The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH, from  January 8 – March 24, daily during Library hours.

The Albert Memorial, London, 1872
Using archive photographs and material from over fifty years of the Victorian Society’s fight to save historic buildings, the exhibition charts the successes and defeats of the organisation that has done so much to change public attitudes towards the nineteenth century’s best architecture. 

After more than 60 venues around Britain this is the final showing of the exhibition, which includes local images from Manchester, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Middleton, Preston and Nelson.”

And where better to see the exhibition than in the John Rylands Library on Deansgate, which just leaves me to high light the work of the Victorian Society and quote from their site,

"The Victorian Society is the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment. 

Coldhurst Mill, Oldham, 1876, demolished in 1977
It fights to preserve important Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes so that they can be enjoyed by this and future generations. 

It provides expert advice to churches and local planning authorities on how Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes can be adapted to the way we live now, while keeping what is special about them. It also advises members of the public about how they can help shape the future of their local Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes. 

It provides information to owners of Victorian and Edwardian houses about how they can better look after their precious buildings. 

It helps people understand, appreciate and enjoy the architectural heritage of the Victorian and Edwardian period through its publications and educational programmes.""***

St Mar's Street, Nelson, 2014
Pictures, The Britannia Hotel, Portland Street , Manchester formerly the Watts Warehouse by Travis and Magnall, 1851-6, Coldhurst Mill, Oldham , 1876, demolished in 1977 a week after the photo was taken, St Mary’s Street, Nelson, saved and now upgraded thanks to local residents supported by the Victorian Society, The Albert Memorial, London,1872 by George Gilbert Scott, from the Society's collection

*Victorian Society, Manchester Regional Web site,

** Steve Roman,Victorian Society Membership Trustee, 0161 434 2908

***The Victorian Society, 1 Priory Gardens , LONDON W4 1TT Telephone 020 8994 1019

The Victorian Society is a Registered Charity No. 1081435 and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 3940996.

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