The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at the Bard Graduate Center at 38 West 86th Street in Manhattan (unless noted otherwise on the event listing). No reservations are required for the free lectures. Attendees are invited to meet the speakers at pre-lecture receptions.
Victorian Society New York Free Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from Christopher Broadwell and Lewis I. Haber and dues from Chapter members. Join today!

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April Lecture – Race for Distinction: Ocean Liners of the Edwardian Age

April 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Originally schedule speaker Matthew Dennison’s lecture on Beatrix Potter has been cancelled.


The Industrial Age spawned growth, engineering wonders and a spirited race for size and distinction in many areas.  As the sun set on the 19th century and then began to shine even more brightly in the early years of the 20th century, an era of greater structural wonders began.  Bill Miller, the author of over 100 books on passenger liners and cruise ships as well as a frequent guest speaker about today’s liners, will take us back to the end of the Victorian age when Britain and British passenger ships ruled the seas.  Almost suddenly, in 1897, Imperial Germany emerges—with the biggest, fastest and most luxurious liners yet to cross the North Atlantic.  It was the age of “the only way to cross.”  Miller will take us into the Edwardian Age and to that fateful summer of 1914 that cast Europe into war.  Great liners like the Mauretania, Imperator and the immortal Titanic will appear—the ships themselves, their race for distinction, their passengers and of course their luxurious, upper-deck suites and salons.


 Come aboard:  The whistle is sounding—a great liner is leaving New York for a week long passage to Europe!

The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of free lectures at The English Speaking Union, 144 E. 39th St., between Lexington and Third Avenues in Manhattan. No reservations are required. Attendees are invited to post-lecture receptions.


April 20, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The English Speaking Union
144 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016 United States
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