Regency society: a weekend event 

Brighton, 12-14 October 2012

The event celebrates the bicentenary of the first full year of the Regency in Great Britain, its colonies and Hannover. It also celebrates the centenary of Antony Dale, founder of the Regency Society six decades ago and author of many works including Fashionable Brighton, who was born in 1912.

The Regency Society is organising the weekend, working with our partners the University of Brighton and the Royal Pavilion & Museum Foundation (RPM Foundation). We hope to attract the interested general public as well as experts, especially members of the Regency Society, RPM Foundation and University of Brighton.

The weekend divides into four sections: Celebrating the bicentenary on Friday evening; The Symposium on Saturday mornign and afternoon; Regency Brighton and Hove – walks, talks and tours on Saturday afternoon and a music and a reception in the Royal Pavilion on Saturday evening; and Living it up in the Regency on Sunday.

Our definition of Regency is the time of George, Prince of Wales and later King George IV, who was his father’s regent from 1811-1820. He dominated British public life from the 1780s to his death in 1830, although the Regency generation really ended with his brother William’s death seven years later and Victoria’s accession to the throne.

The range and a choice of offerings distinguishes this weekend from the normal academic conference. And it should be fun.

Friday, 12 October 2012
Celebrating the bicentenary
Music Room, The Royal Pavilion

Event opened by our president Sir Simon Jenkins, introducing Dan Cruickshank's keynote talk The year 1812 in the Music Room, followed by a glass of wine in the Banqueting Room.

Saturday, 13 October 2012
The Symposium, Saturday morning and afternoon
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade (opposite the Royal Pavilion) with a range of academic expert speakers. Three sessions, broken by coffee and a sandwich lunch.

Regency Brighton and Hove, parallel events, Saturday afternoon
A focus on Brighton's heritage from the Regency period, with a choice of seven talks and walks led by local experts.

Regency music and reception, Saturday early evening
Regency music and reception throughout the ground floor of the Royal Pavilion.

Sunday, 14 October 2012
Living it up in the Regency, Sunday morning
Talks and demonstrations on Regency food, dress and health in the age of Austen in the Paganini Ballroom, the Old Ship Hotel.

What did the Regency do for us? Sunday midday
Weekend finale, followed by a three-course lunch at the Old Ship Hotel.

Download the full weekend programme

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