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This letter is in reference to an architecture lecture given by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner held on 3 May 1975 at the Lord Mayor of Cardiff's Mansion House.

The lecture was attended by 25 members of The Victorian Society South Wales Group. The letter thanks Sir Nikolaus Pevsner for giving the lecture, and describes how the lecture went very well, as the Secretary is confident that the Society will gain new members from it.

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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