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Who Do You Think You Are?

Friday, 11 October, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Tickets are £17,
available from Eventbrite, booking fee applies.

In conversation with the programme makers that put history on TV.
With Stella Sims, Alex Bingham and Rebecca Fairbank.

Who Do You Think You Are? logo - question mark logo on blue background

Stella, Alex and Rebecca have worked as researchers and producers on the award-winning BBC series and are also engaged on other projects across television networks.

These range from archaeology to Eastenders’ star Danny Dyer getting to know his 22x great-grandfather Edward III; from the Holocaust to how a London borough became the most unequal place in Britain.

Find out about what is in the pipeline and how hard or easy it is to pitch a new idea. There will be time to chat - this is a conversation, not a lecture - and there will be an opportunity to ask all those questions you’ve always wanted to put to the experts.

  • Ever wondered how they choose celebrities for WDYTYA?
  • Or how centuries of history are distilled into an entertaining hour of TV?
  • Do television researchers know short cuts we could all use?
  • How do programme makers develop ideas?

The ticket prices includes a welcome drink and light refreshments. Book now. Space is limited and this is bound to be a popular event.

Link to Eventbrite ticket sales:
http://bit.ly/WDYTYAevent

 

The Fan Talk &
The Regency Wardrobe Collection

Saturday, 19th October, 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Tickets are £17 before September 2nd, £21 thereafter,
available from Eventbrite, booking fee applies.

Would you like to join other fashion enthusiasts and learn about Georgian and Regency fashion history? Would you like to hear about an art project which recreates historic fashion in paper?

Join us on Sunday 19th October for an afternoon all about Georgian and Regency Fashion.

To be held in the drawing room of The Regency Town House in Brunswick Square, there will be two talks each of 45 minutes duration, one exploring fans and fashion, the other presenting an art costume project 'The Regency Wardrobe Collection'.

In the interval enjoy tea and cakes made by our kitchen team in the Town House basement kitchen.

The Fan Talks

Fans were an essential fashion accessory and where fashion led, so fans would follow.

Photo of two fans

This talk describes the various types of English paper fans and how they were crafted and used, closely following the great change in styles of dress as the 18th century led into the Regency period.

The speaker, Mary Kitson, is a freelance art history lecturer specialising in fans, a consultant to The Fan Museum in Greenwich and Membership Secretary of the Fan Circle International.

The Regency Wardrobe Collection

Stephanie Smart will talk about the background to her work using paper textiles and her current work as Artist-in-Residence at The Regency Town House.

Photo of Stephanie holding a paper parasol over her head

Stephanie Smart established The House of Embroidered Paper as a unique fashion house and fine art studio. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at The Regency Town House, where she is developing The Regency Wardrobe Collection, to be exhibited during Brighton Festival in May 2020.

Each garment she makes is inspired by period and place, history and story, and each is created using only paper and thread.

By constructing the garments entirely out of paper, with embroidered and applied decoration, Stephanie is creating a collection that re-interprets the popular Regency art form of the paper-cut silhouette and responds to the history of the house.

When completed, The Regency Wardrobe Collection will be centred around 8 or 9 life-sized outfits, complemented with individual items of clothing and accessories.

While each piece will be accompanied by related research text and imagery, in accordance with her practice it will also stand alone as a piece of intricate and intriguing decorative fine art.

Link to Eventbrite ticket sales:
http://bit.ly/FanTalkTownHouse

 

Brighton Classical Guitar Quartet

Sunday, 20th October, doors 2:30pm, event 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tickets are £12.50,
available from Eventbrite, booking fee applies.

Recital by Brighton Classical Guitar Quartet,
featuring local musicians:
Simon Hopkins
Tina Oberman
Olivier Thereaux
James Hartt

Brighton Classical Guitar Poster, featuring a guitar on a dark background

the programme

Pavane pour une infante défunte,  Maurice Ravel
Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant,  Maurice Ravel
Introduction et Fandango,  Luigi Boccherini
Il Vecchio Castello,  Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Ráfagas,  Frederico Moreno Torroba
Velo,  by local composer Bernd Rest

This will be performance in two parts each of around 30 minutes, with an interval during which to enjoy a finger buffet and art exhibition.

produced by

The Friends of Brunswick Square & Terrace

presented by

The Regency Town House 

We are delighted to be working with The Friends of Brunswick Square & Terrace to present our first recital by Brighton Classical Guitar Quartet, two of whom live just a short walk from the Town House.

Photo of four musicians holding classical guitars and posed in a theatre doorway

Please support the event and buy your tickets early, we think there will be quite a demand!

Link to Eventbrite ticket sales:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brighton-classical-guitar-recital-tickets-70967751455?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Halloween Dine Like A Servant - The Black Banquet

Thursday, 31st October, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Tickets are £40 before September 30th, £49 thereafter,

available from Eventbrite, booking fee applies.

Join us for a special Halloween edition of Dine Like A Servant with ghosts stories and trips to dimly lit parts of The Regency Town House.

It will be a black banquet. 

A different sort of #Halloween this year? Every effort will be made to receive you according to your qualities and we flatter ourselves that you will be fully satisfied. 

Watercolour sketch of people eating and drinking in the Town House drawing room

Join us and become a piece of history. Experience recipes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Expect authentic historical food outrageously displayed. 

You'll meet our cook, Mr Couchman, the wonderfully severe housekeeper, Mrs Ainsley, and many more of the servants. We might have even taken on a new chambermaid too. Will the scullery maid, ever find her George or will she haunt the Town House singing out to her lost love forever?

Price £49 includes a welcome drink, canapes and three themed food courses. There are early bird tickets available for £40 until the 30th September. 

Link to Eventbrite ticket sales:
http://bit.ly/DLASHalloween

Book early to avoid disappointment. All profits raised will go to the continuing restoration of the incredible Town House.

Moon Talk

Tuesday 12th November 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Tickets are £20, or £35 to include signed copy of MOON
Tickets will be available on Eventbrite, booking fee applies.

Join astronomer Dr Robert Massey and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the moon has manifested itself in the sciences and visual arts.

Image of a book cover depicting the moon against a black background

Humans have been fascinated with our nearest heavenly body, the Earth’s Moon, since prehistoric times. In 2019 it will be 50 years since we set foot on the Moon during the Apollo space missions. 

Join astronomer Dr Robert Massey and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske for an illustrated talk about how our obsession with the Moon has manifested itself in the sciences and visual arts, from earliest ritualistic drawings and objects, Romantic symbolism and silent movies, to scientific observation, photography, and space race propaganda.

Writer and art historian Dr Alexandra Loske has been an associate of the University of Sussex since 1999, and now works as a curator at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Her fascination with the Moon was sparked by the ubiquitous presence of the Moon in Romantic painting and literature.

Astrophysicist Dr Robert Massey is the Deputy Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society. Robert. He regularly appears on TV and radio to explain aspects of astronomy and space exploration and has written a number of articles on astronomy, including Moon: Art, Science, Culture with Dr Alexandra Loske.

This is definitely one for your diary!

 

Memoir workshops - create your own family history or memoir 

Four Saturday mornings in November: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tickets are £85 and will be 
available on Eventbrite, booking fee applies.

A short course that shows you traditional and non-traditional ways of telling your own story, or the story of your family.

Do you have photos, letters or mementos that you treasure? Learn how to present them in unusual and exciting ways that bring the past to life.

Photo showing an old box full of aged family photos

In this unique short course you will work with a prize-winning published writer and a skilled artist-printmaker who has exhibited internationally: together they will help you to develop your writing skills AND discover new ways of telling stories using images and a variety of formats. 

Tutors: Jill Vigus and Bridget Whelan. 

https://www.facebook.com/creativefamilyhistory

 

EXHIBITIONS

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TOURS & WALKS

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COURSES

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