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Minutes from a meeting of The Victorian Society South Wales Group, held in December 1975 at 65 Cathedral Road, Cardiff. The meeting was attended by the Society's Chairman, Secretary and four other members. Two other members of the Society were absent.

The minutes show discussions about planning permissions and new Victorian or Edwardian buildings that have come to their attention. They discussed new buildings of interest for protection, such as Jackson Hall on Westgate Street, Cardiff, and St Paul's Church in Swansea.

In addition to this, the minutes mention a weekend course that was held for members of the Society at Aberystwyth University. The Mayor of Aberystwyth wished to hold a civic reception for the course delegates, where Victoriana would be displayed for members of the Society to look at and study.

The foundation of The Victorian Society began when Anne, Lady Rosse, inherited a well preserved family house at 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, after the death of her brother in 1946.

In 1957, she invited a group of 32 friends (who included John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner), to consider creating a society for the preservation and appreciation of Victorian arts and architecture. The Victorian Society was founded in the same house, a year later.

From the beginning it was agreed that despite being called ‘The Victorian Society’, they would also include arts and architecture from the Edwardian period up to the outbreak of the First World War.

However, the founding of the Society took place against the backdrop of an almost universal dislike of the Victorian arts and all things Victorian, with a widespread destruction of Victorian buildings being common place in the post war reconstruction. The Society strove to avoid an over emphasis on London and began forming groups across the UK.

Glamorgan Archives, DVS/1/1
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