Welcome to The Arts Society Cambridge

Registered Charity 276000

A letter from our Chairman

February, 2020

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 fourth and fifth lectures are this 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.

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 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. We have already enjoyed five lectures - in December a tour de force on Jewellery from Andrew Prince which delighted us by being informative, inspiring and very funny too - perfect for a pre-Christmas lecture and more recently we were treated to the Premiere of Caroline Shenton's new lecture on how the nation's treasures were removed from London at the start of WW2.  It was fascinating. And at the end of January we learned about the way glass is portrayed in paintings and had a quick lesson on the history of glassware too - all really interesting.  In February we learned about the artististic community in Great Bardfield - close to home and possibly meriting a visit in the coming year.

The Arts Society's remit is broad as is indicated by our Special Interest Days as well as our lectures; our visits are very special toe.  We have already thoroughly enjoyed an exclusive visit to the Hamilton Kerr Institute and  the Fitzwilliam Museum with a special talk from Vicky Avery  We have visits to the David Parr House and the National Horse Racing Museum and Palace House, a visit to Hampton Court Palace plus a five day visit away from Cambridge to Hampshire and Devon later this year.

The work of our Heritage Volunteers is hugely satisfying and I know, appreciated by our hosts.  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. It has been tricky but I think is getting easier.  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 next lecture on 12 March.  


Sue Greenwood



Latest News


1. Crowns and Gowns exhibition Ely Cathedral

an informal trip to Ely is being organised on 5 March. Please, register your interest with Andrea, email:

Additinal information will be available at the 20 February lecture 


2.  A Day Out in Newmarket Visit 23 April 2020 Goes on sale 20 February. Click HERE for the Booking form


3. The University Library Tuesday 17 March 2020. Visit is completerly booked.


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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