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

    • 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

    • 08/12/2021

      Angels: Messenger or Missile – Caroline Holmes

      Angels, familiar and fantastic, playing major and minor roles, can be seen in centuries of paintings, engravings, illustrations and sculptures. Archangel Gabriel and the Annunciation or Archangel Michael fighting the good fight. Angelic references also abound in Islamic and Jewish traditions, the latter beautifully evoked in Chagall’s Bible Message. Time to contrast the beauty and light of cherubim and seraphim with the dark, fiery abyss of Satan and contemplate the Angel of the North.