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
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...
New buildings of Brighton College (at Brighton College)
Allies & Morrison Architects
Guided tour of the historic Brighton College campus at 6.30pm and the recently completed Dormitory Block by Allies and Morrison Architects. This will be followed at 7.30pm by a talk by David Robson of the Regency Society, Paul Westbrook of Brighton Collage and Paul Appleton of Allies and Morrison Architects, to celebrate the College’s historic campus and the commissioning of a number of exciting new buildings.
Free to all but ticket-only. You may attend the tour or talk or both. Please download a booking form or download from our website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, telephone number and whether you want to attend the tour, talk or both.
Anthony Dale lecture, Music Room, Royal Pavilion, £12
The country houses of Edwin Lutyens, 1899-1902
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.
John Small lecture (preceded by the AGM)
A history of the Regency Society
The story of the Regency Society from its inception.
You can read the story of the founding of the Regency Society here.
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.
All welcome. Cost £35. Tour limited to 35 people – first come, first served. Please download a booking form.
Further details about the trip can be found here.
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.
Please express your interest on our booking form.
Further details about the trip can be found here.
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.
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...