Take a trip to victorian times

PUBLISHED: 11:32 07 January 2008 | UPDATED: 12:45 06 May 2010

Sir John Evans

Sir John Evans

FORGET the Tardis - enjoy an educational trip back in time which will take you no further than St Albans Town Hall. Mayor Cllr Kate Morris will be holding the third of her fundraising heritage events on Friday, January 18, at 7pm during which the public c

FORGET the Tardis - enjoy an educational trip back in time which will take you no further than St Albans Town Hall.

Mayor Cllr Kate Morris will be holding the third of her fundraising heritage events on Friday, January 18, at 7pm during which the public can meet Sir John Evans, local philanthropist and antiquarian, and Lord Grimthorpe, who was heavily involved in the restoration of St Albans Abbey. The event will take place in the assembly room and parlour in the newly-refurbished town hall.

This is a fitting location for such an event as it was one of the landmarks of Victorian St Albans. Designed by the architect George Smith, it was opened in 1831 and is the only one of his public buildings to survive.

Mulled wine will be on offer while Sir John describes his archaeological activities and shows selected pieces from his private collection.

Later a Victoria-themed buffet will be available along with musical entertainment and a slideshow.

A commemorative folder has been produced in which to keep the leaflets for all the mayor's charity events. The leaflets will be available at each event or can be bought afterwards from the Tourist Information Centre (TIC), the Museum of St Albans or Verulamium Museum. Further details are available from the TIC on 01727 864511.

All proceeds for the event will go to the mayor's charity, the St Albans Fund for the Future.

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