The Arts

Regency Society Weekend

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Food and fashion, cultural life and life downstairs, interiors and townscapes – the Regency Society Weekend looks at society during the Regency period, especially as it affected Brighton. It 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, born in 1912, founder of the Regency Society six decades ago and author of many works, including Fashionable Brighton.

Simon Jenkins

Star speakers include Regency Society president Simon Jenkins, keynote speaker Dan Cruickshank and a range of academics and experts you may know from television, such as Steven Parissien, Lucy Adlington and Ivan Day. The Regency Society is organising the event, working with partners the University of Brighton and the Royal Pavilion & Museum Foundation (RPM Foundation).

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

Royal Pavilion Chandelier

The definition of Regency, according to the Regency Society, 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 until 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 – it’s for everyone who’s curious about the Regency as well as those with a professional interest,” says Regency Society chair Mary McKean. “With talks, tours, guided walks and demonstrations as well as music, a reception in the Royal Pavilion and lunch in The Old Ship Hotel, it should be a lot of fun.”

Programme Overview

Friday, 12 October 2012
Celebrating the Bicentenary
Music Room, The Royal Pavilion.
Event opened by 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)
A range of academic expert speakers look at the Regency at the seaside, servicing the Regency and the culture of King George IV. 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.

For further information, contact
Sarah Gibbings
Communications Co-ordinator
The Regency Society
01273 220102

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