Public Meetings

Our programme of meetings

Wednesday 17 May, Regeneration of the old Regal Cinema

Permission was given to CNM some years ago to bring this building on such an important site for those entering the town over the bridge into use again. After an unfortunate interlude when the then owners vandalised the listed interior, CNM took over and after a lengthy delay after permission was given to their plans, work at last began.

But the building is still swathed in plastic and is likely to remain so for some while longer. It is for this reason the Committee is delighted to welcome two speakers from the developers CNM, the Community Engagement Director and the Development Manager, to answer the question – Where are we now?

Come and get a preview of yet another important development in the town.

Wednesday April 19, The history of the Borough in ten key dates

Amy Graham of the Kingston History Centre will explain how the history of the Borough can be defined by ten key dates.

From an unknown date in 838AD to present day, this talk tells some tales of Kingston's past. How and when did the borough become "Royal"!? What did local people think of the Civil War and how did the population adapt after the end of World War One?

The talk explores the role of local officials, and latterly the Council, in providing education, sanitation and security. Fundamentally, what is this place called Kingston and why do we live here?

A skip through over 1,000 years of history using ten key dates, aims to find out!

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.