The Arts Society, Huntingdonshire

Sunset at St Ives Bridge


The Coronavirus outbreak continues to affect our plans.

Dear Members,

In May we had our fifth Zoom lecture, Utility, Post-war Design and the Festival of Britain (c.1939 – 1960)“.

The war years brought innovations that we now all recognize as key practices in competitive markets: limited variety, low-cost materials and streamlining. Some utility designs in furniture still stand up to scrutiny. The place of the industrial designer was clearly stated in this period and played a key part in the decorative style of the 1950s, when new technologies such as x-ray crystallography influenced product design. Exploring major UK exhibitions such as Britain Can Make It, 1946, and the Festival of Britain in 1951, this lecture highlights key characteristics of period style.

Previous Zoom lectures appear to have been a great success, judging by the feedback.

The current programme and the articles from September to December 2021 can downloaded from the Programme 2020-2021 page.


We were sad to learn that Patricia Spencer had passed away. An appreciation of her life can be downloaded from here.


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 13th May 2021. Webmaster: Bob Woodham

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