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.

Registered Charity No. 514394

Upcoming Programmes

    • 13/12/2017

      Rag Dolls to Robots – A World History of Toys – Chloe Sayer

      Toys form an intimate part of our own personal histories, yet they are also universal. Many of the toys we know today were played with in ancient times. Marbles from the Stone Age have been found in Austria. Greek and Roman children amused themselves with rattles, balls, spinning tops, dolls that had jointed limbs, and pull-along animals on wheels. Around 3000 years ago, kites were flown in China.

    • 10/01/2018

      The History of Maritime Art from Turner to the present day – Catherine Wallace

      This lecture takes you on a journey through time round the coast of Cornwall with paintings and engravings made in the 18th and early 19th centuries by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Clarkson Stansfield and William Daniell  through the era of impressionism and expressionism with artists such as  Terrick Williams and Oskar Kokoschka to contemporary artists such as Jamie Medlin and Andrew Tozer.