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 scrutinise planning applications, give awards, erect plaques, organise Heritage Open Days, and make representations on council and national policy and plans. More recently, we have been active in campaigns to save the Civic Centre as a cultural and civic heart to the town.
We have 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.