June 30 - July 15, 2018

The Victorian Society’s Summer School is one of the most dynamic programmes for the study of Victorian art, architecture and design. Featuring tours of London, the Midlands, and for the first time, the West Country, the course is a unique and engaging mix of talks, guided walks, and private visits.

In London, participants will explore many of the sites and events that made the capital the centre of commerce, politics, culture and Empire, including the Palace of Westminster, the Foreign Office, St Pancras Station, Leighton House, Lincolns Inn and All Saints Margaret Street. Tours of Liverpool and Manchester reveal the contradictions in England’s industrial heritage - incorporating majestic civic buildings as well as churches, factories and miles of terraced housing. The new focus on the Arts and Crafts features visits to Morris’s Red House and Kelmscott Manor, Standen, Rodmarton and Wightwick Manor. Day trips to Oxford and Surrey explore Gothic Revival and Pre-Raphaelite gems like Worcester College and the Ashmolean, and country houses by Lutyens and Voysey.

Director: Jo Banham

Assistant Director: Elizabeth Leckie

Possible Lecturers include: Rosemary Hill, Lynda Nead, Timothy Jones, Gavin Stamp, Anne Anderson, Jonathan Conlin, Nicola Smith, Peter Howell, Justine Hopkins and Robert Thorne.

Tuition: $4,500, which includes expert instruction, course materials, 15 nights shared hotel accommodation, entrance fees, full English breakfasts, teas, receptions, and all but two dinners. Full and partial scholarships are available. Please email Anne Mallek, Summer Schools Administrator, at Admin@VSASummerSchools.org, with any additional questions. Applications are due by March 1.


How to Apply

Complete the online application and all related materials by March 1. All applications require a $50 application fee. This non-refundable fee can be paid online at VSASummerSchools.org or by mailing a check or money order to the address below. You will also need one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional contact. Letters should include your full name, qualifications, current work, and how you might benefit from the program. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. Successful candidates, including scholarship recipients, must pay a tuition deposit of $350. Deposits are non-refundable and not covered by scholarships.

Click Here to Access the Online Application Form



Thanks to generous support from the Victorian Society Summer Schools Alumni Association, The Victorian Society Scholarship Fund, VSA chapters, and other organizations and individuals, a limited number of scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Awards are based on merit and financial need. To apply, complete the online scholarship application and all related materials by March 1. A second recommendation letter describing your financial need is also required. This letter should be written by a different author from your general application letter and must describe your specific financial circumstances. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. We also ask for a copy of your 2017 Federal Tax Return.

Click Here to Access the Online Scholarship Application Form

The Victorian Society in American thanks Royal Oak for their continued support of the London Summer School.