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The Victoria Rooms, also known as the Vic Rooms, houses the University of Bristol's music department in Clifton, Bristol, England, on a prominent site at the junction of Queens Road and Whiteladies Road. The building, originally assembly rooms, was designed by Charles Dyer and was constructed between 1838 and 1842 in Greek revival style, and named in honour of Queen Victoria, who had acceded to the throne in the previous year. An eight column Corinthian portico surmounts the entrance, with a classical relief sculpture designed by Musgrave Watson above. The construction is of dressed stonework, with a slate roof. A bronze statue of Edward VII, was erected in 1912 at the front of the Victoria Rooms, together with a curved pool and several fountains with sculptures in the Art Nouveau style.
The Victoria Rooms contain a 665-seat auditorium, a lecture theatre, recital rooms, rehearsal rooms and a recording studio. Jenny Lind and Charles Dickens performed at the Victoria Rooms. It was also the venue for important dinners and assemblies, including banquets to commemorate the opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the quatercentennial anniversary of Cabot's discovery of North America, meetings which led to the establishment of the University College, Bristol, an early congress of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and sufragettes "at-homes". The building was purchased and given to the University in 1920 as a home for the student union and, circa 1924, it spent a brief period as a cinema. Following a fire in 1934, the building was refurbished by the University. It remained as the base of the student union until purpose built facilities were opened in Queens Road in the 1960s. The Victoria Rooms then became an exhibition and conference centre, before housing the music department in 1996. They remain in use in the 21st century for concerts, exhibitions, plays, recitals and lectures.
The Victoria Rooms Reviews
The building houses the University of Bristol music department, with a 530 seat auditorium and many practice rooms. It is a very pleasant building, although in need of refurbishment. Since it is an... more »
The Victoria Rooms is an elegant and very impressive building in Clifton Bristol. The Vic Rooms are the University of Bristol’s Music Department. This grand old building was built in 1838 and had... more »
Wonderful classical Greek revivalist portico..opened in 1842 to celebrate Queen Victoria...it was built as a venue, and exhibition centre, but rather lost its way. its now Bristol Universities music department.. and a venue for concerts, so its future is more secure. The great bronze statue of Edward the seventh was added in 1912, as were the swirling, art nouveau fountains...its a magnificent building
It was very interesting and my kids where occupied doing fun stuff. "Can we go back here again with all of my friends? They will love this place, just as much as me." My 9 year old daughter said.
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