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September 2017

‘A prettyish kind of little wilderness’- Landscapes and gardens in the novels of Jane Austen. Lecture by Timothy Mowl

September 27 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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2017 marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death. Members of her close family were landowners and her cousin used Humphry Repton to ‘improve’ his estate at Stoneleigh Abbey. Her novels chart the shift in landscape and garden aesthetics from the Picturesque sensibilities of the 1790s to the development of Ornamental Gardening with its winding shrubberies and exotic planting. Timothy Mowl is an architectural historian who specialises in the history of landscape design. His lecture will describe changing horticultural fads as…

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October 2017

CANCELLED. The Waterfront Projects. Discussion forum

October 18 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Further information about this cancellation will be posted in due course. The Council is proposing to enter into an arrangement with Standard Life whereby the Brighton Centre would be demolished to make way for an expansion of the Churchill Square shopping complex and a new 10,000-seater arena would be built at Black Rock. However, few details have been made public. The Society is assembling a panel of interested parties to discuss whether these projects are…

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November 2017

Capability Brown: Vandal or Genius? Lecture by John Phibbs

November 8 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Capability Brown is often hailed as the great master of the 18th C. English landscaping. And yet there are some who regard his work as formulaic and others who consider him to have been a vandal. John Phibbs will discuss this dichotomy. John Phibbs is a landscape historian. He is a respected garden historian who specialises in the restoration of historic landscapes and is the author of two new books on Brown: “Capability Brown – Designing the English Landscape” (Rizzoli,…

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Brighton Prints Evening

November 22 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Keep, Woollards Way
Brighton, BN1 9BP
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Prints evening Kempe's Temple

Launching our latest website project: historic prints The Regency Society has been working with Steve Myall and the Society of Brighton Print Collectors on a new website of Regency and Victorian Prints of Brighton and Hove. As a result we will soon be able to launch it. We will demonstrate the site this evening at the Keep. The new site contains several hundred prints from the 1780s to the 1890s. Some are well known, others very rare. It will be…

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December 2017

Ducks and Decorated Sheds – Shaping the Postmodern Legacy. Lecture by Kate Jordan

December 6 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Thity years after the sudden eruption of what came to known as ‘Postmodernism’, this movement is attracting a fresh round of critical interest. Kate Jordan’s reflective talk will serve as an introduction to a major exhibition on Postmodernism which will take place later in 2018 at the John Soane Museum. Kate Jordan is an architectural historian and lecturer in the University of Westminster. She was elected a trustee of the Regency Society in April 2017. Images: top: Pumping station at…

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January 2018

The Downland Churches of Sussex. Lecture by Nicola Westbury

10th January 2018 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Nicola Westbury is an architect and Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings scholar who specialises on the conservation of historic buildings. She is currently working with the Churches Conservation Trust on the restoration of a number of Downland churches, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Warminghurst and St. Botulphs. Nicola will discuss the particular problems that such restoration work involves. Image shows the interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at Warminghurst Add this event to…

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February 2018

Care for the Dying: Designing a Hospice: Lecture by Nic Hoar

7th February 2018 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Nic Hoar gave up law for a career in architecture and, after studying at the University of Brighton and University College London, joined the Brighton practice of RH Partnership in which he is now a partner. Nic will describe the design of three hospices with which he has been closely associated and will discuss the characteristics of a caring environment. Add this event to your electronic diary

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Mapping Brighton’s 50 Best Modern Buildings: social event

21st February 2018 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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...and choosing the five worst! Paul Zara is a partner in the Brighton arm of Conran+Partners and has been involved in such projects as the refurbishment of Saltdean Lido and Embassy Court. As the chair of RIBA Sussex he has promoted the publication of a map of Brighton’s fifty best buildings of the 20th century. The map will serve as a guide to architecture in Brighton and Hove from the past century. Paul will introduce the map. Then, after drinks and canapés,…

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March 2018

The Rigorous Rapture of Blissed-out Brighton: Antony Dale Memorial Lecture by Piers Gough

7th March 2018 at 7:00 pm
Royal Pavilion Music Room, Pavilion Buildings
Brighton, BN1 1EE
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Piers Gough was born in Brighton. He is a partner in the successful practice of CZWG and presented the TV series “The Shock of the Old”. He is renowned for his unorthodox views on architecture. After delivering a eulogy to ‘Brighton Style’ he will be joined by Regency Society Vice-President and former Brighton Festival director Gavin Henderson in a discussion with the audience. Drinks will be served. An entrance fee will be charged. Add this event to your electronic diary:

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April 2018

New Theatres for old: John Small Lecture by Tim Foster (and Annual General Meeting)

18th April 2018 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Tim Foster is an architect with close links to the theatre. He has remodelled a number of theatres including the Tricycle in London and the Salisbury Playhouse and was joint author of Theatre Buildings: A Design Guide. (2010). Tim will describe a number of theatre conversions and will discuss his ideas for what might be done with the Brighton Hippodrome. Image shows Trafalgar Studios Theatre (formerly the Whitehall Theatre) Add this event to your electronic diary:  

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