- Victoria Rooms (Bristol)
Infobox Historic building
caption=The Victoria Rooms now house the University's Department of Music.
The Victoria Rooms also known colloquially as the Vic Rooms [ [http://www.bris.ac.uk/music/facilities/vicrooms/ Bristol University - The Victoria Rooms ] ] is the name given to the building which now houses the
University of Bristol's music department in Clifton, Bristol. Situated at the junction of Queen's Road and Whiteladies Road, the building was designed as assembly roomsby Charles Dyerwho was noted for his Gothic Revival architectureand built between 1839and 1841in Greek revival style incorporating an eight-columned Corinthian portico. It houses a 745 seat auditorium, rehearsal rooms and a recording studio. [ [http://www.bristol.ac.uk/conferences/meetings/victoria/ Bristol University - Conference Office - Victoria Rooms ] ]
A statue of
Edward VII, King of Great Britain and Irelandbetween 1901-1910 can be seen at the front of the Victoria Rooms.
The Victoria Rooms were opened in May 1842 and before being purchased by the University of Bristol the venue is known to have had
Jenny Lindand Charles Dickensperform there. From 1873 the venue housed a large organ originally built for the Royal Panopticon of Arts and Sciencebut this was destroyed by fire in 1934.
Purchased by the University in the 1920s, the building originally housed the students' union before a purpose-built union was constructed on nearby Queen's Road in the 1960s. It has been designated by
English Heritageas a grade II* listed building, [cite web | title=Victoria Rooms and attached railings and gates | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380288 | accessdate=2007-03-23] as have the fountains, lamps, balustrades, railings and statues to the front of the building. [cite web | title=Fountains, lamps, balustrades, railings and statues to front of Victoria Rooms | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=380289 | accessdate=2007-03-23]
Andrew Foyle, "Bristol", Pevsner Architectural Guides (2004) ISBN 978-0-300-10442-4
* [http://www.bris.ac.uk/music/ Bristol University Music Department]
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