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29th August 2009
Victorian architecture and its preservation will be the subject of the next talk to Ripon Civic Society on 3 September, when Richard Tinker of the Victorian Society will be the speaker.

Founded in 1958, The Victorian Society was inspired by the loss of many 19th-century buildings, then unfashionable. The cause celebre was the Euston Arch, built in 1837 as a grand entrance to Euston Station. Despite a great public campaign, it was demolished in 1961. In the last 50 years appreciation of Victorian buildings has greatly increased.

Richard Tinker, who lives in Ripon, is the caseworker for The Victorian Society's West Yorkshire Group. Having practised as an architect in Yorkshire for many years, he was later Secretary of The Railway Heritage Trust, based in Watford and established in 1985 to conserve and restore old railway buildings and structures - many of them, of course, Victorian.

David WInpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘We now recognise that some of our greatest buildings date from the 19th century, and the Victorian Society has been one of the major forces in changing our perceptions over the last half century. Richard Tinker will be able to tell us how that came about, and what the Victorian Society is doing today to ensure that our Victorian heritage is protected.’

The Civic Society’s talk will take place on Thursday 3 September at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. It is open to everyone. Admission is free to members of the Society, and £2.00 for visitors.

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