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

    • 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.

    • 14/02/2018

      My day with Salvador Dali – Peter Webb

      In this lecture I will give an account of the fascinating day I spent with Salvador Dalí at his house in Port Lligat, Spain, in 1962. This will lead into an examination of the extraordinary ideas present in his paintings, which seem to illustrate many of Freud’s theories in his Interpretation of Dreams even though Freud himself found them difficult to fathom.