The Regency Society Weekend, Brighton, 12-14 October


The Regency Society celebrated the period from which it takes its name with a weekend conference that covered everything from the cult of sea bathing to health, via sanitation, town planning, food, art and music.

Attended by more than 200 delegates from around the country, the weekend was introduced by Society president Sir Simon Jenkins, chair of the National Trust, with a keynote speech from architectural historian and television presenter Dan Cruickshank. Other speakers included food historian Ivan Day, recently seen on The Great British Bake-off; Steven Parissien, director of Compton Verney and author of Regency Style; costume re-enactment specialist Lucy Adlington; and Gavin Henderson, principal of the Central School of Speech and Drama.

It also featured two evenings at the Royal Pavilion, two book signings, five guided walks and some unexpected answers to the question “What did the Regency do for us?” – they included women’s knickers, cesspits and the bicycle.

These are just some of the images that were taken. Delegates can see more and buy photographs of Friday evening's event from this website. 20 percent of the value of each sale is donated to the Regency Society. If you have mislaid the password, please e-mail us.

Please be patient if this page does not load quickly – there are lots of photos. Links to more pages of photographs are at the bottom of the page.

Sir Simon Jenkins makes a point
Sir Simon Jenkins addressing delegates


Dan Cruickshank book signing


Mary McKean makes a point


Speakers Fred Gray, Sue Berry and Allan Brodie


Prof David Robson, RS vice president Derek Granger and president Sir Simon Jenkins


Speaker Ivan Day


Andrew Horswill and Jill Daniels


Inge Sweetman of City Books with Simon Jenkins

Speaker Lucy Adlington


Speaker Jackie Marsh-Hobbs with member Sasha Coe


Member William Parker, RS vice president John Wells-Thorpe and former trustee John Small


Gillian Crosby with Pascal Mamen


Sarah Gibbings, RS trustee, and member Vanessa Minns


Members Lawrence and Shirley Lobo


Carol Gray and Toni Brodie


Heather Holford and Gerri Curran


Rosemary Du Sautoy and Robert Greenfield


Hon secretary Martin Auton-Lloyd pouring the first of many glasses of wine





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