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April 2019

‘Behind the facades’ (lecture preceded by the AGM)

3rd April 2019 at 7:00 pm
Brighton Metropolitan College (formerly City College), Pelham Street
Brighton, United Kingdom
Free of charge

The John Small lecture this year treats us to a light-hearted glimpse of some buildings of Regency Square and the people that lived in them.  Suzanne Hinton, our Regency Society membership secretary,  has been a translator of literary fiction and historical documents for some 10 years and writes and gives talks on local history. This anticipated lecture relates to her recent publication 'Regency Square: its history and its stories'. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the…

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June 2019

Merseyside Study Tour

9th June 2019 - 13th June 2019
Merseyside Liverpool, United Kingdom
£460 – £555

Our tour of Merseyside in June 2019 is now fully booked.  It is being organised by a small team led by trustee, Richard Robinson with support from a company called Tailored Travel. We will travel by luxury coach to and from Liverpool and the 4 nights’ accommodation will be in the **** Mercure Hotel on Liverpool’s waterfront.  The cost is £460 for a shared room and £555 for a single. If you would like to be notified should any places…

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Summer Garden Party

22nd June 2019 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Secret Garden, Bristol Gardens
Brighton, BN2 5JE United Kingdom
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£12.50

  This year's summer garden party will take place in our traditional location, the Secret Garden in Kemptown. We can promise drinks, canapes, very good conversation with RS friends and, just this year, the secret tunnel will be accessible during the garden party and there will be the opportunity to enjoy William Pye's amazing water sculptures, presently being exhibited there. "The Secret Garden originally belonged to no 32 Sussex Square which was bought by its first owner, Lawrence Peel, younger brother of the…

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September 2019

Brighton and Hove Pioneers: fun in a funding crisis

4th September 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St
Brighton, BN1 1AF
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Free

The first event will be a somewhat different and more light hearted event than usual.  The work of four important local pioneers covering medicine, art, architecture and entertainment will be presented by Sue Berry, Alexandra Loske, David Fisher, and Maurice Howard. Who most deserved support? You decide!

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October 2019

The Refurbishment of Brighton Corn Exchange

2nd October 2019 at 7:00 pm
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St
Brighton, BN1 1AF
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Peter Clegg of FCB Architects will discuss the recent restoration and adaptation by his firm of the historic former royal stables to provide a new creative space, a new café and bars and a refurbished Studio Theatre.  Sadly, work on the restoration has come to a halt because the main contractor, R Durtnell and Sons Ltd has ceased trading.  This company is said to have been Britain’s oldest construction firm, having been founded in 1591. We had hoped to hold this…

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November 2019

Kemp Town, Brunswick Town and the Grand Architecture of England’s Seaside Resorts 1815-1840

6th November 2019 at 7:00 pm
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St
Brighton, BN1 1AF
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Free

  Allan Brodie of Historic England is the author of The Seaside.  He will talk about the grandiose schemes in classically inspired architectural styles, aimed to draw wealthier visitors to new and enlarged seaside resorts in the days before the railways. By the early 19th century confidence in the idea of the seaside holiday was allowing investors to create new resorts and larger extensions to existing resorts. Along the south coast of England a series of grandiose schemes in classically-inspired…

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December 2019

Lancing Chapel

4th December 2019 at 7:00 pm
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St
Brighton, BN1 1AF
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Free

  Begun in 1868, the Grade I listed chapel at Lancing College is the largest school chapel in the world. Jeremy Tomlinson will describe the Gothic Revival architecture and the work being done to complete it. Jeremy Tomlinson worked at Lancing College for 41 years as a teacher of English, Head of Drama, Housemaster, Senior Master and Registrar. He is now Steward of the Chapel. A tour of the chapel, combined with a walking tour of nearby Steyning, will take…

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January 2020

The SPAB Approach and Honesty in Architecture

January 15 at 7:00 pm
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St
Brighton, BN1 1AF
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Free

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by William Morris, Philip Webb and others in 1877 to campaign for, advise on and support honesty in the restoration of old buildings. The society’s director will describe the principles and how they are put into practice. Matthew Slocombe was SPAB’s head of casework before becoming the society’s director. He is Secretary of the Joint Committee of the National Amenity Societies and a member of the Conservation Committee of…

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February 2020

Brighton College: The School of Science and Sport

February 5 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brighton College, Eastern Road BN2 0AL. + Google Map

As the new year begins, Brighton College’s £55m School for Science and Sport will open to pupils. Designed by world-renowned architects OMA, the centre will boast a cinema-style auditorium linked up to science departments across the globe, 18 university-standard laboratories, six break out spaces for personal research and tutorials, a 25 metre pool, a strength and conditioning suite, a rooftop running track with panoramic views and a double-height sports hall. Brighton College have granted the Regency Society a tour of…

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Regency Society Conversation: Brighton and Hove, a city for people

February 19 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St
Brighton, BN1 1AF

Let's talk about the kind of city we would like to live in! This evening is a social, convivial event where we will chat about the kind of city we would like to encourage Brighton and Hove to become and what the RS might do to help. Everybody will have a chance to have their say whether you are an experienced 'expert' or not. Every opinion counts. This is a  social event. You do not need to book a place…

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March 2020

A Prince’s Treasure, From Buckingham Palace to the Royal Pavilion, The Royal Collection Returns to Brighton

March 4 at 7:00 pm
Royal Pavilion Music Room, Pavilion Buildings
Brighton, BN1 1EE

A spectacular loan from Her Majesty The Queen is on display at the Royal Pavilion. The culmination of a collaborative venture between Royal Collection Trust and the Royal Pavilion & Museums, over 120 remarkable decorative works of art that were originally commissioned by the Prince Regent have been relocated from Buckingham Palace and re‐united in their previous setting of the Royal Pavilion. For the 2020 Regency Society’s Anthony Dale Lecture, Nicola Turner Inman, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts (Projects) at…

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April 2020

AGM & lecture on 1 April POSTPONED until further notice

April 1 at 7:00 pm
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St
Brighton, BN1 1AF
Free

Annual General Meeting followed by the John Small Lecture  POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE The society’s annual general meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 1st April at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF. The formal notice and agenda for the AGM can be found here. The Society’s annual report and accounts can be found here.  Printed copies will be available at the AGM. There will be elections for the posts of Honorary Treasurer. and up to seven trustees. …

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June 2020

Day tour of Lancing College Chapel and Steyning CANCELLED

June 28

Due to the coronovirus pandemic we have cancelled this event   Morning Tour of Lancing College Chapel, To complement the talk given on 4 December 2019, Jeremy Tomlinson will lead a guided tour around the chapel.   Afternoon Tour of Steyning Dr Janet Pennington will lead a walking tour of Steyning. Jeremy Tomlinson is Steward of Lancing College Chapel. Janet Pennington is a Steyning historian and member of the Wealden Buildings Study Group, who has researched much of the town’s long…

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September 2020

Seaside Seduction: How the Moderns lost their stays

September 9 at 7:00 pm - October 13 at 11:30 pm

It gives me great pleasure to introduce our first lecture of the 2020/2021 lecture series and also our first online lecture. Online lectures have several advantages over the traditional format - not least that you can listen to them several times if you wish. Many members will remember Alan Powers' engaging lecture on John Piper's Brighton Aquatints in 2018. This thought-provoking follow up contextualises Piper in the artistic and architectural traditions  and  wider attitudes of the 1930s. If you would…

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October 2020

Brighton Workhouses

October 14 at 7:00 pm - November 10 at 11:30 pm

View this lecture by clicking on the image below. Our apologies for the delay in making the lecture available. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMvwPvMsz6c This online lecture is available on this page at the time shown above. It will also be available on the Regency Society's Youtube channel for as long as the lecturer is happy for it to be available. You can read more about the Regency Society's use of Youtube here. This talk seeks to discover what life was like for the…

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