Lectures and events 2013-2014
How can old buildings find new uses? Can moderist architecture sit happily in a historic context? What is Concrete poetry? These are among the questions we'll be exploring in our 2013-2014 programme of lectures and events, which include a tour of Italian Renaissance cities and our annual garden party.
The return of the annual dinner
New Our annual dinner returned on 1 February at St Nicholas Church – a wonderful venue for a great evening. Read more...
Windsor Castle and the Stanley Spencer Museum
27 April 2014
Waiting list After the success of Jennifer Scott’s lecture on Regency portrait painter Thomas Lawrence, we are organising a coach trip to Windsor Castle, where we’ll see the famous Waterloo Chamber, and the Stanley Spencer Museum in Cookham. 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...
Our sparkling 2013 garden partyLast year's celebration of the great English summer were blessed by beautiful weather, fabulous food and sparkling drinks and conversation in the seafront gardens of Marine Square – and we're already looking at dates for 2014. Read more...
Three classic Italian cities
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...
Our 2013-2014 lecture season started with an examination of new uses for old buildings on 9 October 2013 and runs through to the John Small lecture on buildings at risk after the AGM on 2 April 2014. Jonathan Meades will give the keynote Antony Dale lecture. You can download an application form here. The pdf is interactive, so you may type your details in and print it, or print out a form and fill in by hand.
5 March 2014
Annual Antony Dale Lecture
Royal Pavilion Music Room
Jonathan Meades, writer, television presenter, wit and critic
His latest project, still in development: brutalism, its precursors, its denigration, its gradual revival. Followed by drinks in the Royal Kitchen. Entrance: ticket only – £10, including a glass of wine. You can download an application form here. The pdf is interactive, so you may type your details in and print it, or print out a form and fill in by hand.
9 April 2014 (please note change of date)
John Small Lecture (after the AGM)
Buildings at risk
Orchestrated by trustee Jamie Wright, a group of members will each make the case for saving one of the city's buildings at risk, proposing a new (or continuing) use. The audience will then be asked to vote on which building should be saved.
• 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...