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) and (How to join). The link to the full programme of lectures for the current year, 2022 – 23, is now available through the link on the side bar.

Please note that all lectures start at 2.30 p.m. unless otherwise advised.

The next lecture on February 8th is ‘The Men Who Made Menswear – Russell Nash’


This lecture tells the story of men’s tailoring over the past 200 years, told through the lives of the men who commissioned and created and wore it. Tailors, shirt maker, hatters and other craftspeople in London’s west end, especially around Savile Row & Jermyn Street have shaped the way men dress since the Regency. How did men such as Beau Brummell, The Duke of Windsor, Tommy Nutter, Montague Burton, Alexander McQueen and John Stephen create their signature looks which influenced the men’s fashion? This lecture also looks at the wider cultural shifts since the early 19th century to the present day and how they affected the way that men present themselves.

Russell Nash trained and worked as an actor, writer, puppeteer and theatre maker for 15 years. In 2015 he qualified a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Around this time, he rekindled his love of art and art history. He now regularly guides the major galleries and museums in London such as the National Gallery, Tate Modern & Britain and the British Museum. He has delivered lectures for institutes and museums, as well as numerous U3A groups and other societies. During Covid lockdowns he devised and delivered more than 30 different virtual tours and lectures to groups from the UK and across the globe. .

The Making of Textiles – Study Day – Wednesday February 1st

Making of Te3xtiles

Hemingford Abbots Village Hall

Cost £15 including coffee, tea and a simple lunch

In the morning an illustrated talk by Dr Susan Wallis

The Early Development of Textiles”


In the afternoon Practical Demonstrations by Jacqui Fuller & Sue Wallis on spinning and weaving and your chance to actually try.


The St Pauls Cathedral visit includes an Entrance Fee and a Private Group Tour Guide fee. The Tour Guide will be of the Cathedral Floor and Crypt lasting approximately 1 hour. The coach has already been booked at £20.00 per person as has the Group Tour Guide of £10 per person. I will also book the Group Entrance requirement which is £18.40 per person thus making the total cost £48.40. Please pay Carole Pook preferably by card.


I (Margaret Gledhill) have also been asked if it is possible for some people to visit Tate Modern to see the Cezanne exhibition instead of going to St Pauls. This will certainly be possible but you will need to book this yourself on the Tate Modern web site or by telephoning 0207887888 (When I rang them, they were very helpful). I would also recommend going to their website as they have lots of useful information for example Bags and items larger than cabin bag size (55cm x 40cm x 20cm) are not permitted in the building. Potentially dangerous objects are also not permitted.
If you are NOT a member of Tate Modern there will be a further the cost to see the Cezanne Exhibition of £22.00 thus making your total expenditure £42.00. The Tate Modern is in walking distance of St Pauls.

Please pay Carole Pook £20.00 for the coach preferably by card.
I have booked a 50 seater coach. Currently 21 people have expressed an interest in visiting St Pauls. So, it is first come first served for both events.

The coach will leave Burgess Hall Car Park at 8.30 am and we will start the return journey at 4 pm.

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