Lectures and events 2016/17

Our lecture programme for 2016/17 is now completed. The programme for 2017/18 will be annouced later in the summer.

  6 day coach tour.This is now fully booked. Read more and add your name to the waiting list

7 - 12 June 2017

Members' Summer Garden Party n the Secret Garden Read more and book your tickets                      

24 June 2017, 2.30 - 5.00 

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 to everyone and there is no longer a requirement to show 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.  

Recent Events

The London churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor 


A group of members toured Hawksmoor's London churches in the company of David Robson and Owen Hopkins on 22 April. Alison Minns recounts the day's events. read more   

Nostalgia strikes the Moderns 

John Piper's Brighton Aquatints (1939) and their multiple meaning

John Small lecture 2017 given by Dr Alan Powers
A month into the Second World War, a remarkable limited edition book was published: Brighton Aquatints by John Piper, a collection of twelve prints, with the artist's commentaries and a foreword by the 1890s relic: Lord Alfred Douglas.  It was a book of elegiac memory, a reconceptualisation of the potential of modern art to engage with place and history, and also a muted alarm call regarding threats to the historic fabric of the town.

This rarely-seen book, arguably Piper's finest printmaking effort, is being republished by the Mainstone Press with a contextual and bibliographic commentary by Alan Powers; there will be an accompanying display in Brighton Museum in September 2017.

Bringing old houses back to life: reflections on the National Trust 

Sir Simon Jenkins charmed a crowed Music Room at the National Pavilion with his delightful and entertaining Antony Dale lecture.

8 March 2017  Read more

From the shadows - the Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor

A packed house enjoyed Owen Hopkins well structured and interesting lecture about this somewhat neglected architect. 
8 February 2017  Read more 

Made in Brighton

Millimeter, Portslade based designers, entertained us with their unusual informal and informative session on their impressive work on 11 January 2017 Read more


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