This year in History & Upcoming Events

The following information has been shared with us by ITV on 3rd January 2019.

Birth of Victoria and first moon landing among major anniversaries in 2019.

Queen Victoria. Photo credit: ITV.

Many significant anniversaries will be marked in 2019, from the birth of Queen Victoria to the fall of the Berlin Wall, English Heritage has said.

This year will see the 100th anniversary of the election of Lady Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit in the House of Commons, and the signing of the Versailles Peace Treaty which concluded the First World War.

The heritage charity has drawn up its annual list of the top 10 historic anniversaries, which include the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 200 years ago, and of adversaries Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington 250 years ago.

This year will also see the 50th anniversaries of the first moon landing and the last public performance by The Beatles, on the roof of Apple Records in London, and the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down.

Neil Armstrong on the Moon. Photo credit: ITV.

It is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, 400 years since the start of the slave trade in North America and 600 years since Joan of Navarre, widow of Henry IV, was imprisoned on charges of witchcraft and conspiracy to murder her stepson, Henry V.

Anna Eavis, English Heritage’s curatorial director, said: “From the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago, back to 1419 when a witchcraft charge meant imprisonment in Pevensey Castle for a former queen, marking anniversaries is a great way of appreciating the richness and influence of history.

“This year, 2019, marks 200 years since the birth of one of our most well-known monarchs, Queen Victoria, and also her husband Prince Albert.

“This enduringly fascinating couple left their mark on culture and society and created a dynasty whose influence has been felt in European affairs for more than a century.

“We will be marking their devotion to each other through a new exhibition at their private family home, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.”

Waldorf Astor and his wife Nancy. Photo credit: ITV.

English Heritage’s top 10 anniversaries for 2019 are:

– The fall of the Berlin Wall (30th anniversary)November 9th 1989

– The first moon landing (50th anniversary)July 20th 1969

The Beatles’ last public performance on the roof of Apple Records in London (50th anniversary)January 30th 1969

D-Day Landings (75th anniversary)June 6th 1944

– The Treaty of Versailles being signed (100th anniversary)June 28th 1919

Lady Nancy Astor elected as an MP, becoming the first women to sit in the House of Commons (100th anniversary)November 15th 1919

– Births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (200th anniversary)May 24th and August 26th 1819

– Births of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte (250th anniversary)May 1st and August 15th 1769

– Start of the slave trade in North America (400th anniversary)around August 20th 1619

– The imprisonment of Joan of Navarre – widow of Henry IV, who was accused of sorcery and witchcraft and conspiring to murder her stepson Henry V – at Pevensey Castle in East Sussex (600th anniversary)December 15th 1419.

The Beatles 1969, London. Image credit: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/beatles-famous-rooftop-concert-15-things-you-didnt-know-58342/

Thanks for upcoming events this year from Historic Religious Buildings Alliance.

Upcoming events:

Interpreting the Stones, St Paul’s Cathedral, 11 January 2019
Cathedrals Plus is pleased to announce that it is holding a one-day conference at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 11 January 2019. Titled “Interpreting the Stones” it will have something for both education and visiting departments. Kindly hosted by St Paul’s Education Department, our keynote speaker will be The Rev’d Mark Oakley, Dean of College at St John’s, Cambridge. The event is particularly intended for churches and cathedrals that have visitor departments and education programmes http://www.cathedralsplus.org.uk/index.php/front_end/introduction.html

Empowering Design Practices Study Tour: Faith, Community and Design at Mossley Hill Church, Liverpool, Wednesday 16 January, 11am – 2.30pm
Get inspired by the potential of community engagement and design to enhance and re-imagine historic places of worship on this hosted study tour of Mossley Hill Church in Liverpool. The Church has undergone an award-winning remodelling to create a social space for the Mossley Hill neighbourhood to connect.
You will have the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of the challenges and opportunities the project faced. Please book your tickets via

Chapels Royal in England: Architecture, Music and Worship from the Middle Ages to the Restoration, Oxford, 1– 3 February 2019
This weekend at Rewley House will explore the English Chapel Royal from the Middle Ages to the end of the Stuart period. Starting with an introduction to the Medieval chapel royal, the programme consists of three pairs of talks by architectural historians and musicologists, each considering a different period, and will conclude with an examination of the importance of preaching in the 16th and 17th centuries. Speakers include Maurice Howard FSA and Rory O’Donnell FSA.

Secret Spaces: Medieval Sacristies, Vestries, Treasure Rooms and their Contents, London, 25 February 2019
Organised by Professor Eduardo Carrero Santamaría, Dr Alexandra Gajewski FSA, Dr Michael Carter FSA and Dr Lesley Milner FSA Conference to be held in the Society of Antiquaries apartments, Burlington House. https://www.sal.org.uk/events/2019/02/secret-spaces/

SPAB Lunchtime CPD Lecture Series, London, Various Dates in March 2019
Join the SPAB at their HQ in Spitalfields for lunchtime CPD sessions. These are specially designed to help meet CPD requirements and improve your understanding of building conservation. Topics in 2019 will be: vegetation and old buildings; mould and timber decay; and managing bats in old buildings. https://www.spab.org.uk/whats-on


The Phoenix Renewed: Sustainability of Post-War Churches and Cathedrals, Coventry Cathedral, 18 – 19 March 2019
Coventry Cathedral epitomised the spirit of the age and captured the attention of the nation when it was consecrated in 1962, but almost 60 years later it faces some significant conservation challenges. Many of these will be familiar to those who are involved and interested in post-war churches.  As Coventry looks towards hosting the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2021, solutions and opportunities to address these challenges are brought into sharp focus.  Set within Spence’s masterpiece of mid-twentieth century art and architecture, this international conference will discuss themes of significance and change, materials technology and conservation, and consider the management of collections and interiors designed in tandem with the buildings.  Over two days, experts from The Getty Foundation, Historic England, C20 Society, Church of England as well as a range of practitioners will present the latest best practice and lead panel debates. Bookings will open shortly.

Association of Festival Churches conference, Sheffield Cathedral, 25 March 2019
It is expected by that time that the amendments to Canons 11 and 14 will have had final approval at the February Synod. This amending canon makes it possible for a church to decide to officially become a Festival Church, vary its pattern of services and embrace flexible complementary uses and partnerships according to need.  Legal advice will be forthcoming to explain how to do this.  This conference therefore marks the real Launch of Festival Churches, and a step change in strategic planning at deanery and diocesan level, both for rural and urban churches. Details to be confirmed.

Annual County Trust Conference, Norfolk, 16 October 2019
The Norfolk Churches Trust is holding the Annual County Trust Conference on the Challenges facing the Isolated Rural Church.   Further details will be advertised as they become available.

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