Lectures and events 2014-2015


The Royal Pavilion's journey from a holiday let to a civic asset opened 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  give background to a day trip. Other topics include the work of Angelica Kauffman and the history of the Regency Society.

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...

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

Tracing the development of Lutyens' country houses from the beginning of his career in 1889. To be followed by drinks in the Great Kitchen.

All welcome. Please download a booking form.

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

The story of the Regency Society from its inception.

You can read the story of the founding of the Regency Society here.

25 April
Day tour: A Lutyens outing

A visit to Great Dixter, where Lutyens remodelled and extended the house and laid out the gardens plus visits to Winchelsea and to a forgotten garden by Lutyens on the edge of Brighton.

Fully booked. Details will be sent to those going on the tour in March

Further details about the trip can be found here.

14 June
Second Lutyens outing

The second tour will include a visit to Goddards, a house built by Lutyens in 1899, and to Clandon Park, a Palladian House built by Giacomo Leoni in 1730.

Interest has exceeded our expectations and this tour will be going ahead. There are a few places still available. Please express your interest on our booking form. Further details and how to book will be sent in March.

Further details about the trip can be found here.

27 June   
Garden party

At the Secret Garden, Kemp Town. £12, including food and refreshment. Save the date. This year, we are planning an earlier start time, to make the most of the weather. More details soon.

6-10 September
European study tour to Edinburgh    

The 2015 Regency Society tour is to one of the world’s most beautiful capitals: the extraordinary “double city” of Edinburgh Old Town and New Town, the largest urban UK World Heritage Site. We will see how it has lived with this heritage, battling for and with it. We will explore magnificent townscape and buildings, from ancient and Georgian to 20th and 21st Century masterpieces. 5-day tour, £745 (single supplement £160).

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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