Public Meetings

Our programme of meetings

Wednesday 21 June, Gloriana

Her Majesty The Queen named the Royal Rowbarge Gloriana as a lasting legacy to mark her Diamond Jubilee. Her Majesty has asked that Gloriana be retained by Lord Sterling and the new charitable trust for Gloriana with assistance from Thames Alive and has approved the principle that Gloriana will be used to promote better use of the Thames.

Gloriana events manager, Malcolm Knight, is coming to the Kingston Society, to tell us more about the inspiration behind the building of the Gloriana. This is particularly appropriate as the Royal Borough has most appropriately stepped forward to offer a berth on the Thames near Canbury Gardens for the barge.

Mr Knight can tell us more about the whole project, its planning and fulfillment, and the time-scale for its appearance in Kingston.

Wednesday 20 September, Gang of Four

This rather cryptically named group consists of four upright, public spirited burgesses of the Royal Borough who have made it their business to try to get some projects off the ground which would improve the Royal Borough but which need the combined efforts of more than one organisation to achieve success. The delightful story board explaining the history of the market-place and Charter Quay was the result of one such effort.

John McCarthy, John Pink, Brian Godding and Michael Davison will tel us more on the evening.

Wednesday 20 October, Kingston Society Townscape Awards

Every other year the Society presents Townscape Awards recognising building developments which in the Society's view have done the most to enhance the environment in the Royal Borough.

The awards will be presented at this meeting and the people behind each scheme will say a few words about them.

Coming to our public meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings are held in the Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL. Click here to see a map of the area.

Access is from the London Road entrance where there is free parking available, subject to other events happening at the school. There are bus stops outside and opposite the school entrance, and the main bus and railway stations are within short walking distance. On enteringing the site, turn left into the car park and the Judge Lecture Theatre is in the new building on the right.

Meetings begin promptly at 7:30pm. Doors are open at 7:00.

Free admission for members of the Society. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and are asked to pay £2 toward our costs, alternatively they can join the Society on the night for just £10.


The Society organises occasional visits to demonstrate the good and the bad of architecture and design.