The Society was established in 1974 and follows The Arts Society’s ethos of providing first class lectures, days of special interest, cultural visits and holidays.

Roger Mitchell at Shaw HillOur President is Roger Mitchell MA (Oxon), pictured right at a Christmas Lunch, Shaw Hill.

He studied History at Oxford and Fine Art at Leeds. He then travelled and studied in the USA with a Churchill Award. A former College Vice-Principal, he now lectures at the University of Liverpool and for Adult Residential Colleges. He organises and leads Country House tours and also tries to find time to do research at Chatsworth.

Society meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at Samlesbury Hotel, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0UL.

Coffee is served from 10:00 to 10:30am, followed by a lecture which starts at 10:45am and finishes at approximately noon.

We are a member of The Arts Society. To find out more click here.

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Upcoming Programmes

    • 12/12/2018

      Optical Entertainments before the Movies – Andrew Gill

      Since the earliest times artists, showmen and scientists have tried to capture real life (movement and perspective) through art and mechanical devices.  The Victorians used the new science of optics to create perspective machines, persistence-of-vision devices, panoramic scenes, three-dimensional imagery and moving pictures in large-scale theatrical extravaganzas and children’s toys.

      This talk look at the Victorian optical entertainments …. peepshows; transformation views; dioramas; panoramas; zoetropes; magic lanterns; phantasmagoria shows and much more …. that led to the invention of cinema and, ultimately, the plethora of visual entertainments that we enjoy today.

      This talk is a light-touch, lavishly illustrated meander through the history of optical entertainments from cave art to the birth of the movies in 1895.

    • 09/01/2019

      Henry Moore: A Revolution in British Sculpture – Jo Walton

      Henry Moore is one of the most popular and important British sculptors of the twentieth century, revolutionising the way people thought about the human figure and sculpture, and making beautiful forms that grew out of his love for the landscape. He was often inspired by the art of the past and of other cultures, but he was also at the forefront of modernism – creating a new language of sculpture, full of abstract shapes, holes and magisterial forms. This talk explores his life and works, as well as the vibrant artistic world of mid-twentieth century Britain.