The Arts Society, Huntingdonshire

Sunset at St Ives Bridge


The Coronavirus outbreak continues to affect our plans.

Dear Members,

Following discussions with The Arts Society and our own recent committee meeting, we have regretfully decided to put back the re-opening of lectures at The Burgess Hall from September 2020 to January 2021. In the meantime, from September – December we will try to provide some suggestions for self- study around the topics that would have been presented, with the intention that the lecturers will be re-invited 12 months later. The current programme can be downloaded here Programme for September 2020- December 2021.

The committee joins me in sending sincere wishes for your health and well-being.

Claire Sarkies

Suggestions for self study will be sent out in the second week of the month. The self-study topic for September 2020 is Roman Times and Archaeology and the topics can be downloaded from the links below:

The Romans ruled Britannia for more than 350 years, leaving an indelible mark on our landscape. Town and countryside were transformed by innovations in comfort and culture – albeit shot through with a uniquely British twist – glimpses of which can still be seen at numerous splendid sites and museums in England, Wales and Scotland. ‘Roman Britain and Where to Find It’ provides the history of the best Roman villas, forts, walls and bathhouses, as well as the hidden gems which the uninitiated might pass by. It also explains how these remnants of the past fit into the bigger story, pointing out details which have their own tale to tell, connecting us with the people who lived here 2,000 years ago.

Further reading:

‘Roman Britain. and Where To Find It’, by Denise Allen and Mike Bryan

Amberley Publishing, £19.99


Please note that A.G.M papers can still be downloaded below:


Suggested additions to the website should be sent to the Hon. Sec.

Please use our Guest Book for comments on the lectures, or other activities.

Illustrated lectures will be held, when we resume normal programmes, on the second Wednesday of each month at 2.30 pm at the Burgess Hall, St Ivo Recreation Centre, St IvesNew members or guests will be made most welcome. There is ample free parking.

Once normality resumes members will be able to enjoy visits and special interest days, and can join various friendly volunteer groups.

A report on the Cotswolds trip is in the Recent Visits page.


The Arts Society supports the Cambridgeshire Area Young Artists competition for primary and secondary schools. This awards prizes to each Key Stage, 0-5, with a special prize for best in show for both Primary and Secondary Schools.

Last updated 19th September 2020. Webmaster: Bob Woodham