Welcome to The Arts Society Cambridge

Registered Charity 276000

A letter from our Chairman

November, 2019

Dear Members and Visitors

Welcome to the Home Page of The Arts Society, Cambridge.  Our Society is vibrant and friendly and if you are looking at this page out of curiosity, do look at other pages of our website and learn more about what we do, who we are and what our purpose is.  Our membership year runs from October and our third lecture is next month.   If you are not a member and would like to join, please contact our Membership Secretary by email on and you may be a member in time for the next lecture.

Our new year got off to a splendid start as we heard from Rupert Featherstone, Director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute and the two bursary holders Jo and Rowan, who are being supported by TAS Cambridge bursaries as they complete the gruelling three year easel painting conservation diploma.  Your Committee has worked hard to prepare another diverse and diverting year and we hope you will enjoy all that is on offer.  I am proud of the variety of subjects in our programme and know from talking to members that it is often the lectures one doesn’t expect to enjoy particularly which are the most enthralling. The new programme ranges from Wallpapers to Portraiture, we have jewellery, the representation of glass and of snow and ice in painting and intriguingly, what happened when WWII forced the movement of the nation’s art treasures out of London. 

The Arts Society remit is broad and is reflected in our lecture and Special Interest Day choices - please look at the forthcoming lectures list to see what we shall be hearing about in the coming months and what we have learned about in the past.  Our visits are very special too; we have already thoroughly enjoyed an exclusive visit to the Hamilton Kerr Institute and shall be visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum and having an exclusive talk from Vicky Avery later this month.  We have visits to the David Parr House and the National Horse Racing Museum and Palace house plus a five day visit away from Cambridge to Hampshire and Devon next year.

The work of our Heritage Volunteers is hugely satisfying and I know appreciated.  We have groups working in the Old Library at Magdalene College and the David Parr house and we have just started a new Magdalene College project in the College Archives.  I am so pleased so many members are able to be involved with these exciting projects.  If you would like to know more, talk to a committee member at the next lecture.

A note for our members about parking.  We know it can be tricky.  If you have had difficulty parking at Churchill in the past, please take the time to look at to plan a journey using the bus.  From the Madingley Road P&R you can either walk through to Eddington Avenue and get a U bus or you can walk down to Madingley Road, opposite the British Antarctic Survey and get the C4 bus.  Both will take you to the bottom of Storey's Way.  

Whether you come by foot, bus, bike or car you will be very warmly welcomed at our Society and I hope you will enjoy your membership all year.  I look forward to seeing you at our third lecture on jewellery (Christmas present ideas anyone?) next month.

Sue Greenwood



The Committee is delighted to welcome Peter Williams who has been co-opted onto our Committee as our new Secretary from the beginning of our 2019-2020 Season.



1. Visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum's

"Feast and Fast: The art of food in Europe, 1500 – 1800"

Wednesday, 27 November




2. Holiday to South Devon 18-22 May 2020


A 4 night/ 5 day tour by coach arranged by Heritage Travel

Click here for flyer.

Click here for Booking Form. Please note the price for this trip will be £740.00 per person


3. A trip report for the recent visit to the Hamilton Kerr Institute can be viewed by clicking here


If you are a member and would like to support the Society with Gift Aid, please click here for the up to date Gift Aid Form


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