Lectures and events 2014-2015


The Royal Pavilion's journey from a holiday let to a civic asset opens our new season of lectures in October. Other local topics include 19th century prints of Brighton and the new (and award-winning) buildings of Brighton College, while the story of old Edinbugh's renewal supports our study tour and an exploration of Lutyens' country houses will give background to a day trip. Other topics include the work of Angelica Kauffman and the history of the Regency Society.

Details of our annual dinner, which takes place this year in the beautiful surroundings of Stanmer House, will follow shortly.

A castle, a dolls' house, an artist – an eclectic trip

New The Society’s visit to Windsor Castle and Cookham was based on the theme of war, represented by the castle’s Waterloo Chamber and the effect World War I had on artist Stanley Spencer. And there was still time to see Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Read more...

Magical tour of three Italian cities

New Two groups of more than 20 adventurous and inquisitive travellers visited Urbino, Ravenna and Ferrara with the society in June. The magic of Italy did not disappoint. Read more…

Conservation is a priority in planned improvements to the Pavilion Estate

Heritage will be centre stage in the planned raft of improvements to the Royal Pavilion Estate, we were promised at an evening held exclusively for Society members as part of extensive consultations. Read more...

Bunkers and brutalism

Jonathan Meades, who gave our annual Antony Dale lecture, shares his A-Z of brutalism. He describes it as Concrete poetry and argues that it is a much misunderstood architectural style. Read more...

The return of the annual dinner

Our annual dinner returned on 1 February at St Nicholas Church –  a wonderful venue for a great evening. Read more...

Gift Aid and lecture admission

To qualify for Gift Aid – and keep membership fees down – we’re no longer charging non-members for admission to our lectures, apart from the Antony Dale annual lecture at the Pavilion, when every audience member must buy a ticket. Read more...

Chichester tour – and a private view

Our spring visit to Chichester on 28 April began with an unscheduled stop to admire Worthing's Park Crescent, continued at the Goodwood Sculpture Park, a guided walk around Georgian Chichester led by local historian Alan Green and tea at Sennicotts, a Regency country house owned by the Rank family. Read more...

8 October
The Royal Pavilion and its grounds, from lodging house to public ownership c1780-1855
Sue Berry

12 November
Patrick Geddes and the renewing of Old Edinburgh
Jim Johnson /Elizabeth Darling/John McKean

14 November
A Georgian dinner to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the accession of George I
Members’ annual dinner, Stanmer House - details coming soon

3 December
Angelica Kauffmann – portrait of a Georgian artist
Alexandra Loske

7 January
19th century prints of Brighton
Stephen Myall

11 February
New buildings of Brighton College (at Brighton College)
Allies & Morrison Architects / Eric Parry Architects

11 March
Anthony Dale lecture, Music Room, Royal Pavilion, £12
The country houses of Edwin Lutyens, 1899-1902
Margaret Richardson

15 April
John Small lecture (preceded by the AGM)
A history of the Regency Society
David Robson

25 April
Day tour: A Lutyens outing (details to be announced)

27 June   
Garden party (details to be announced)

European study tour to Edinburgh    
Details: see www.cognoscentitravel.co.uk

• Unless otherwise specified, lectures take place on Wednesdays at City College, Pelham Street, Brighton BN1. They all start at 7pm. We have adopted the Prince George as our preferred post-lecture watering hole, where you can talk to the speaker over a drink and meet the Society’s officers and trustees. Entrance is free – please remember your membership card. All are welcome to provide a donation to defray the considerable costs of the lecture series. City College offers full wheelchair access, good public transport connections and ample parking nearby. Read more...

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