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Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society

The Society provides a programme of monthly talks and other meetings thoughout the year. Meetings start at 7.30pm on the second Thursday in the month (unless otherwise stated), and take place in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall or the Royal Wells Hotel.

Non-members welcome. Entrance to the Town Hall is via the main door. If you are late and find that it is locked, please ring the bell and wait to be admitted.

Programme for 2019

  • 10th January in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.30pm
    'A Snapshot in Time' - John Arkell diverges from his railway theme to draw on his experience as a volunteer at Tunbridge Wells Museum for the last ten years. He has been involved in projects ranging from cataloguing prints and drawings to wrapping a heron! His presentation reveals just the start of an, as yet unfinished, project to take digital photographs of the museum's lantern slide collection. With the assistance of museum staff and fellow volunteer Anne Harris, a temporary studio was created in the cellar of the museum and the slides chosen for this show are drawn from collections of both local photographers and commercial slide sets. A varied selection of local scenes, visits to the continent, holidays at home and some comic stories shows the breadth of the collection, much of which still remains to be seen.


  • 14th February in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.30pm
    'A Schoolgirl's War' - Mary Smith presents the fascinating story of life during World War 2 at a girls' grammar school in Kent, as depicted in the artwork of a teacher and the reminiscences of the pupils themselves.


  • 14th March in the Royal Wells Hotel at 7.30pm
    'Britain with Betjeman' - John Vigar's illustrated talk introduces us to the Poet Laureate's architectural opinions and writings on historic buildings as diverse as churches and pleasure piers.




Picture: 2012 Garden Party at Holden House. David Bartholomew.

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society - Registered Charity No. 276545