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September 2017

‘A prettyish kind of little wilderness’- Landscapes and gardens in the novels of Jane Austen. Lecture by Timothy Mowl

September 27 at 7:00 pm
City College, Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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2017 marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death. Members of her close family were landowners and her cousin used Humphry Repton to ‘improve’ his estate at Stoneleigh Abbey. Her novels chart the shift in landscape and garden aesthetics from the Picturesque sensibilities of the 1790s to the development of Ornamental Gardening with its winding shrubberies and exotic planting. Timothy Mowl is an architectural historian who specialises in the history of landscape design. His lecture will describe changing horticultural fads as…

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October 2017

The Waterfront Projects. Discussion forum

October 18 at 7:00 pm
City College, Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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The Council is proposing to enter into an arrangement with Standard Life whereby the Brighton Centre would be demolished to make way for an expansion of the Churchill Square shopping complex and a new 10,000-seater arena would be built at Black Rock. However, few details have been made public. The Society is assembling a panel of interested parties to discuss whether these projects are either feasible or desirable. Image shows Black Rock site

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November 2017

Capability Brown: Vandal or Genius? Lecture by John Phibbs

November 8 at 7:00 pm
City College, Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Capability Brown is often hailed as the great master of the 18th C. English landscaping. And yet there are some who regard his work as formulaic and others who consider him to have been a vandal. John Phibbs will discuss this dichotomy. John Phibbs is a landscape historian. He is a respected garden historian who specialises in the restoration of historic landscapes and is the author of two new books on Brown: “Capability Brown – Designing the English Landscape” (Rizzoli,…

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Brighton Prints Evening

November 22 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Keep, Woollards Way
Brighton, BN1 9BP
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The Regency Society is delighted to have been working with Steve Myall and the Society of Brighton Print Collectors on a new website of Regency and Victorian Prints of Brighton and Hove which will be demonstrated and launched this evening. The site contains several hundred prints from the 1780s to the 1890s. Some are well known, but others very rare. Steve Myall will talk about the techniques by which the prints were made, and will bring some of the originals…

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