The Arts Society, Huntingdonshire


We are the Huntingdonshire branch of the national Arts Society, whose mission statement is ‘Enriching lives through the Arts’.  We provide a programme of monthly lectures in a central St. Ives location, occasional study days, visits to various exhibitions, volunteer groups and an annual short holiday.

Please click on the links in the side-bar (for mobiles on the menu links) for information on how to find us (Location),  the full programme of lectures (Programme 2021 – 22) and (How to join).

A message from Claire Sarkies, our Chair:

Dear Members,

Please click on the side-bar (for mobiles on the menu links) for our new season of lectures for 2021-2022, starting in September, which, I hope you will agree, looks as varied and interesting as ever, thanks to the efforts of our Programme Secretary, Sassy Skinner. The full programme will be printed on membership cards, as usual.

Sue Jackson is now unable to give the lecture ‘The art of snow and ice’ on 8th December.

The lecture will now be replaced by the following:



This lecture demonstrates how the two great Queens of Crime brought the metropolis to life in the 1920s and 30s and how Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey found a home there. Both authors chronicled the rapidly-changing London of the 1920s and 30s, writing in the same genre but in radically different ways. They also had very particular views on where their characters should live and work. Although Sayers gave up detective fiction, Agatha Christie charted the changes she witnessed throughout her long career.

Richard Burnip has a BA Hons in English Language and Literature from the University of Manchester, and an acting diploma from the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama. He combines acting, writing and lecturing. He has lectured in many venues including the National Army Museum and the Museum of London.

Richard has contributed to, among others, The Journal of Popular Film and Television, The Sherlock Holmes Journal, and the P G Wodehouse journal Wooster Sauce. A specialist in voice work, he has narrated numerous documentaries and 150 audiobooks.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Isobel Lattimore

We were sorry to learn of the death of Isobel Lattimore, a memoriam of her can be downloaded from here Mary Isobel Lattimore.

Papers from the A.G.M. can still be downloaded below:

With all good wishes for your safekeeping, and enjoyment of the remaining summer.


Coronavirus continues to affect our future plans, but we hope that the North Devon trip (which is now fully subscribed) will go ahead in May 2022 (Future Visits and Special Interest Days).

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