2024-2025 A word from our Programme Secretary - Margaret Martin.

Dear Members,

I do hope you find the details of next years programme enticing. I have tried to include topics which we have not covered recently and to include a wide range of areas we think of as `art'. There may be lectures which do not immediately appeal but may I suggest you still come! As a member myself in the past I often thought the upcoming lecture was not of interest to me. However, I always attended the meeting and can honestly say I was never disappointed.  The quality of lectures is consistently good and I do think that throughout life we should always be attempting to expand our horizons. The Art Society is an excellent way of doing this!

Looking ahead I am booking speakers for 2025/6 and the programme is heavily based on YOUR suggestions. Thank you again to all those members who came up with good ideas and you will see I have been able to use almost all of them. Thank you too for all of you who accept the evaluation forms at each meeting from my friend Jenny Dee. I collect these and your evaluations are reported to the next committee meeting when we review our lectures and I send a review to the Arts Society. Jenny and I do appreciate how happily members take the form and help us in this way. Some of you may at times be hesitant but do have your say! It is important we collect a wide range of opinions.

I am very keen to involve members in creating our programmes and much appreciate how you have helped so far.

With many thanks for your interest and support,

All good wishes,


Please click on the images below to see the details of the lecture and lecturer.

Tapestry : The Ultimate Wall Decoration

Lecturer: Susan Kay-Williams
Thu 4th Jul 2024 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Caravaggio: A Rebel with a Cause

Lecturer: Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe
Thu 3rd Oct 2024 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Art Down Under: Australian Art from the convict years to the modern era

Lecturer: Val Woodgate
Thu 7th Nov 2024 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Christmas Story in Medieval Art

Lecturer: Sally Dormer
Thu 5th Dec 2024 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Election Entertainment Series and the birth of political satire

Lecturer: Rupert Dickens
Thu 2nd Jan 2025 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Scandinavian Landscape Painting 1840-1910

Thu 6th Feb 2025 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Art for the Afterlife : ancient Egyptian tomb scenes and funerary goods

Lecturer: Lucia Gahlin
Thu 6th Mar 2025 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Poet in Paint : The Art and Life of Paul Nash 1889 – 1946

Lecturer: David Haycock
Thu 3rd Apr 2025 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

A Magical Mystery Tour : The English Miniature from the Tudors to the Victorians

Lecturer: Mark Cottle
Thu 5th Jun 2025 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Margaret Martin - Programme Secretary - Email: bookworminbourton@gmail.com