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Minutes from a meeting of The Victorian Society South Wales Group, held at 63 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, on Monday 9 February 1976. Present at the meeting were the Chairman of the Society, the Secretary and five other members.

In the meeting they discussed that a joint planning committee of South Glamorgan and Cardiff City Council had decided in favour of the proposal to re-develop the area to the back of Park Hall. This was in the committee's favour. They also decided to email the City Planning Officer, in hope that their suggestions regarding improvements to the front elevation of the building to be taken into consideration. They also made arrangements for the Society's weekend in Aberystwyth, and plans for future events in Penarth and Merthyr Tydfil.

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
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