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Brighton: City of Opportunity? A Historical Perspective

Nick Tyson: Curator of Regency Town House Heritage Centre

Between the 1780s and the 1840s, a time in British history broadly defined as the Regency period, Brighton enjoyed an unrivalled status as the provincial capital of fashionable society and was, perhaps, Europe's foremost seaside spa. A legacy that is, today, reflected in the city's rich architectural heritage.

Nick will review Brighton's development through the 18th and 19th centuries and some of the key figures associated with this and then outline the city's ongoing development through to the present day, exploring some of the difficult issues that arise from its Regency legacy, in particular challenges affecting urban development and heritage provision. With these issues to the fore, Nick will present a number of recent Regency Town House projects; considering their wider application to the heritage realm and how they are specifically designed to address some of the tensions and deficiencies within current local provision.

Nick Tyson is the Curator of the developing Regency Town House Heritage Centre, which presents Brighton & Hove’s late-Georgian and early-Victorian history.


Seminar information

Events scheduled for 17.30 will start at 16:00 with a tour of the exhibition where the speaker and other 3DC representatives will be on hand to give a tour and talk to the visitors. The seminar itself will start at 17.30 after the exhibition has closed at 17.00. After the seminar, visitors will be invited to join a discussion over a glass of wine with the speaker(s) and other 3DC representatives and visitors.

Recorded Seminar

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 17:30 to 19:00