Lectures and events 2015-2016


Our lectures this season start on 7 October and cover topics as varied as the public sculpture of Sussex and film as a record of Brighton, with the annual Antony Dale lecture in the Music Room of the Royal Pavilion coming from world-famous architect Quinlan Terry, who will talk about The relevance of classical architecture in today's world.

We also have short tours of the regenerated London Road area and the refurbished Attenborough Centre of Creative Arts at the University of Sussex, plus a day tour of Sussex sculpture. If you have more time to spare, there's  a study tour to York and north Yorkshire – and advance warning of a weekend study tour in Cambridge in July 2016. We look forward to seeing you.

Celebrate our 70th anniversary with us

New We're celebrating 70 years of watching over the heritage of brighton and Hove – and arguing for the best new design and planning – with a dinner at St Nicholas' Church on 21 November. Download a booking form and read more...

Cambridge trip 2016

New With its combination of neoclassical and 20th century architecture, Cambridge University's Downing College is a fascinating foundation – and the Regency Society's visit in the summer of 2016 promises participants a unique insight into its development and life. Read more...

The London Road revival

After years of decline, with closed shops and shabby buildings, things are finally beginning to change in the London Road area. We ran a tour  on Saturday 26 September at 2pm to see what's been achieved. Read more...

Perfect summer in the Secret Garden

Back in our old venue at Kemp Town's Secret Garden, we were blessed with a perfect sunny day, delicious food and wine, visits from Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and deputy mayor Pete West – and a lawnful of happy guests. The Secret Garden is a hidden gem that belonged to the Society's founder, Antony Dale, and is now held by a charitable trust. Read more...

2016 tour to Yorkshire

A study toiur to Yorkshire from 1-5 June 2016 will take in the Henry Moore Centre en route to a hotel in York less than ten minutes walk from the Minster. There will be an opportunity to explore the walled city between coach outings to Castle Howard, Fountains Abbey, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the new Barbara Hepworth Gallery. 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..

11 Nov      Basil Spence’s University of Sussex campus and arts centre
6.30pm tour of the Attenborough Centre of Creative Arts, Falmer Campus. 7.30pm lecture Anthony Blee

21 Nov      Members’ anniversary dinner: 70 years of the Regency Society St Nicholas Church.
The president of the Society, Sir Simon Jenkins, will attend and give the address. 7pm – fizz and canapés; 7.30pm dinner.

2 Dec        Early Victorian photographers in Brighton David Simkin

6 Jan        Forum – local topical issue

10 Feb      The language of architectural drawings  Stephen Adutt

9 Mar        Anthony Dale lecture: The relevance of classical architecture in today’s world Quinlan Terry (£12 entrance)
7pm, Music Room, Brighton Pavilion

6 Apr        AGM and John Small lecture: Framing Brighton – film as a record of the city David Fisher

23 Apr      Day tour: Sussex sculpture Jill and Peter Seddon

May           Brighton Festival lecture Date and entry fee to be announced

1-5 Jun     Study tour: York and North Yorkshire: neo-classical architecture and modern British art Details and booking here.

25 Jun      Garden party at The Secret Garden

16-17 Jul  Weekend study tour: architecture of Downing College, Cambridge
Unless otherwise specified, lectures take place at 7pm on Wednesdays at City College, Pelham Street, Brighton. They are free apart from the Anthony Dale and Brighton Festival lectures.

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. We'd be delighted if you gave us 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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