STOP PRESS – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – JANUARY 2021

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

    • 12/05/2021

      The Making of Landscape Photographs – Charlie Waite

      A fully illustrated talk with in excess of 60 images exploring the relationship between the making of an image and the way in which it is perceived by the viewer. Further discussion around the eye and the brain being an extraordinary double act made up of visual references and intellectual interpretation.

    • 09/06/2021

      Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard – James Taylor

      From the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II millions of artist drawn humorous postcards were produced not only just for entertainment but also to bolster morale, to inspire, instruct, motivate and persuade. Discover the popular themes and styles of the period by the masters of the medium such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Dudley Buxton, Donald McGill and Fred Spurgin, and the reasons why their popularity waned with the British public.