The Society

Our fine arts and heritage society was established initially by long-standing members of other branches of The Arts Society, many of which have long waiting lists.  The Arts Society has more than 93,000 members.

Our aim is to provide an opportunity for the appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts and heritage and to provide lectures, special interest days, visits and tours.  There will be something to tempt you with lively, stimulating and good company in pleasant surroundings.


  •     meet on the second Thursday morning of each month, for 10 months of the year (not during July and August) 

  •     enjoy a varied programme of nationally respected speakers giving illustrated lectures with occasional visits of cultural and heritage interest

  •     have the opportunities for special interest days on specific subjects and visits to selected places of interest

  •     undertake other volunteer activities with a cultural flavour to help local communities and organisations

  •     provide a basis for friendship between like-minded people

For a modest annual subscription (£45 per year) you can attend as many lectures as you wish.  For full details of the lectures go to the programme page.

In addition, The Arts Society produces a magazine which is sent to each member's home address.  It is published quarterly and provides news of Arts Society activities nationally, as well as features on a range of topics including exhibitions or artists with significant anniversaries and news of heritage importance.

The inaugural lecture was on 8th January 2009 when the draft constitution was agreed and the committee elected.

Since then, our Founder and Founding Chairman, Mrs Hannah Denton, has kept a record of what the Society has been doing.  This is available for members to consult, by contacting Hannah or at one of our meetings.

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Mrs Hannah Denton shows members our archival record Members looking at the record