Lectures and events 2016/17
Frank Matcham and the Brighton Hippodrome
We have a particularly rich and varied programme of lectures and events planned for the forthcoming season. You might like to make a note of the dates for your diary. Full details will be available soon.
Lecture dates will be October 5, November 9, December 7, January 11 and February 8. The Antony Dale lecture this year will be on March 8 and the Annual General meeting on April 5.
Nicholas Hawksmoor: St Alfege's and Christ Church Spitalfields
We’ll open the season with a close look at theatre design. There will be a day tour to Chichester and Southsea early in the programme. This will be followed by a lecture by theatre historian Mike Sell on October 5 on the work of prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham, who designed the Brighton Hippodrome and many other theatres throughout Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
John Piper: Brighton (1938)
Our other major theme this season is Nicholas Hawksmoor, the leading English baroque architect of the late 17th and early 18th century remembered for his London churches and his contribution to much else including Castle Howard, recently visited by our tour to Yorkshire. Our lecture will be given by architectural historian Owen Hopkins on February 8. His recent book, ‘From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor’, was included in the Observer’s Books of the Year 2015. We’ll be following this with a day tour to see Hawksmoor’s London Churches in April.
Other lectures will include landscape historian Timothy Mowl on Regency Gardens on November 9, local historian Jackie Marsh Hobbs on Brighton Station on December 7 and 20th century expert Alan Powers on painter and stained glass designerJohn Piper at the Annual General Meeting lecture on April 5.
We’re also planning a discussion forum early in the season on tall buildings. Tall buildings are an increasingly significant feature of the urban landscape and there has been much discussion of particular instances in Brighton and Hove in recent months. it is timely to think in detail about what we would like to see in our City.
About our lectures
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...
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..
Related events - other societies
Sussex Archaelogical Society has an event in Lewes that may be of interest to RS members. The Age of Luxury: the Georgian Country House and its setting c1700-1820 in October.
Tour to Downing College Cambridge
A weekend trip to Downing College Cambridge gave a group of members a unique opportunity to enjoy this unusual campus and visit the Masters Lodge with the Master himself. Other highlights included a lecture in a very modern 'Georgian' classical theatre, a concert on original instruments and a visit to Corpus Christi College. (This picture shows an exhibition of Ai Wei Wei tree sculptures in front of the college chapel).
(image copyright Diana Dunn)
2016 Garden Party
This year's Garden Party was enjoyed by members and guests despite the occasional drop of rain, and the mayor used this occasion to pay tribute to our contribution to Brighton and Hove. Read more
Yorkshire tour, June 2016
On 1 June a group of members set out for Yorkshire to discover old and new buildings. Julian Arkell tells the story. Read more
'Past historic, future perfect': new buildings in historic settings
On 28th May, the Society's David Robson discussed the sensitivities of the built environment with Eric Parry and Richard Griffiths, who have recently completed projects in the College, and Peter Clegg, the architect responsible for the masterplan for the Royal Pavilion Estate in a Brighton Festival event. The discussion focused on new building in historic contexts and sensitive restoration.
The evening was hosted very generously by Brighton College. Before it began, tours were available to two recent Brighton College buildings designed by Richard Griffiths and Eric Parry. Each architect in turn shared their ideas about architecture and their work on particular local buildings. The audience were then invited to ask questions. There was a very lively discussion about the meaning and importance of architecture both locally and nationally.
It was a great success and a sell-out. We hope that in the future there will continue to be a regular Regency Society event in The Brighton Festival.
Sussex Sculpture Tour
Alsion Minns reviews a great Regency Society day out in West Sussex on 23 April Read more..