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.

Our President is Roger Mitchell MA (Oxon).

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.  However, for the remainder of 2020, lectures will be delivered online via Zoom as follows:-

14th October – David Wright 11.00 a.m.
11th November – Barry Venning 4.00 p.m.
9th December – Brian Healey 4.00 p.m.
Some of the early 2021 Lectures may continue to be held on-line via Zoom.  We hope to return to The Mercure Preston Samlesbury Hotel as soon as is possible.  Members will be informed of the return date and any specific requirements regarding social distancing that may be in force at the time.

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

Registered Charity No. 514394

Upcoming Programmes

    • 09/12/2020

      All about Icons – Brian Healey

      Why is it that so many icons appear so similar, so dark, so primitive even? It takes a trained eye to reveal the fascinating language of icons, the symbolism of colour and line, the meaning of reverse perspective, elongated fingers and faces and desexualised features. Combine this with an understanding of the process of creating or ‘writing’ an icon and the many variations of a particular theme, and suddenly it all makes sense. Through a close look at their construction, common themes and characteristics of Russian icons in particular, this lecture will help de-mysticise these intriguing artworks and help explain why they are so central to Orthodox belief.

    • 13/01/2021

      The Glories of Anglo-Saxon England – Imogen Corrigan

      It seems that many peoples over many centuries have wanted to live in and claim England as their own. Why? For some incoming settlers, England can’t have been the most obvious choice as richer pickings might have been had by heading southwards or eastwards. Here we will see not only who came, but also why. We will look at the many great attractions of England, not just the varied and rich pastures and natural wealth beyond belief today, but also – perhaps surprisingly – unparalleled education, justice and hierarchy: it was a good place to settle upon your heirs.