The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society was formed in 1959 and campaigns for the conservation and improvement of the town and its quality of life.
- We encourage planners, builders and developers to protect our heritage, and to meet high standards that reflect the unique character of the town. We scrutinise planning applications, give awards, erect plaques, organise Heritage Open Days, and make representations on council and national policy and plans.
- We are proud to have been responsible for saving Trinity church from demolition and for encouraging the creation of the Trinity Arts Centre. More recently we have been active in campaigns to save the Civic Centre as a cultural and civic heart to the town. At present we are urging more positive and co-ordinated planning for the town centre and a resolution for the cinema site.
- Our educational and social side presents an annual programme of talks and other events. The Local History Group, a section within the Society, encourages the study of the town's history, and has published a number of books on the subject.
The prefix 'Royal' was awarded to the former borough of Tunbridge Wells in 1909. Today it is used to distinguish the town itself from the much larger local authority area.
The Society is run by a committee that is elected each year.