Due to continued H.M. Government restrictions guidance, it will come as no surprise that all lectures for January, February, March, May and June will be held on line via Zoom. The link to each of these Lectures will be e-mailed to members on the Monday prior to the Wednesday Lecture. We hope to return to the Mercure Preston Hotel, Samlesbury as soon as possible. Members will be informed of the return date and of any specific requirements regarding social distancing that may be in force at the time. Updates will be posted on this section of our website.

Difficulties in working  safely with other bodies have meant that our much appreciated Volunteer activities have had to be suspended. These include Arts  Appreciation, Heritage Volunteering, and Trails of Discovery. These will be resumed as soon as possible and details of when will be posted on this section of the 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.

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 now lectures will be delivered online via Zoom.

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

Registered Charity No. 514394

Upcoming Programmes

    • 13/10/2021

      The Magic of Pattern – David Phillips

      From the Alhambra to William Morris, patterns can be gorgeous, yet pattern has often been dismissed as “mere ornament” in comparison with painting. We will discover what a mistaken view that is as we look at the ideas that inspired some of the great pattern inventors and traditions from around the world. We’ll see that whilst some glorious effects depend on very simple patterning procedures, others can be wonderfully clever, as we watch patterns evolving across the screen in beautiful animations.

    • 10/11/2021

      Charles Dickens: The Man, His Life and Characters – Bertie Pearce

      Charles John Huffam Dickens brought into the world a staggering array of wonderful characters with orphans, starving children, misers, murderers and abusive school teachers among them. People such as Mr Micawber, Fagin and Abel Magwitch remain in one’s literary psyche long after the books are put down. Largely self-educated, Dickens possessed the genius to become the greatest writer of his age with 15 major novels and countless short stories and articles. In his lecture Bertie Pearce looks at the life and places of Dickens through his characters. The talk is interspersed with readings of this works. A truly Dickensian experience