STOP PRESS – CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – UPDATE – 19th March, 2020

Due to government guidance to limit all but essential social contact, it will probably come as no surprise that we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the following The Arts Society Samlesbury activities:

Outing Wednesday 29 April to Ghislaine & Michael Howard’s Studio in Glossop. A full refund will be sent to those booked onto this trip.

Lectures 13th May & 10th June.
The June AGM will be rescheduled as soon as Lectures resume.

Heritage Volunteers – Lancashire Infantry Museum at Fulwood Barracks
All sessions cancelled until further notice.

We will continue to check guidance and will resume normal services as soon as we can. Updates will be posted onto this website.


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

    • 10/06/2020

      Raphael of Urbino : Artist and Architect – Shirley Smith

      2020 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael. The monumental figures and clarity of form of his art epitomises the grandeur of the High Renaissance while his masterful drawings, in a variety of media, reflect his creative processes. His early death at the age of 37 belies the scope of his work and future influence. In this lecture, we will study his art and architecture, from his early work in Urbino and Florence to its full maturity in Rome.

    • 09/09/2020

      Dame Zaha Hadid – Anthea Streeter

      Before her untimely death in 2016, Dame Zaha Hadid was one of the most distinguished architects in the world. She was also a talented designer. As well as receiving numerous awards and academic honours, she won the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2004; the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011; and received the Royal Gold Medal in 2015.    Members who enjoy breathtaking images and have a keen interest in cutting edge design will be mesmerised by the daring yet brilliant structures of Dame Zaha Hadid.