THE SEASON 2019 – 2020

For the 2019-2020 programme we have chosen a series of fascinating lectures which we hope you will enjoy. They will be held at 7.10 pm in the BATH ROYAL LITERARY and SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN on the first Monday of the month whenever possible. Convenient car parking is available close by in the Charlotte Street Car Park.

Non Arts Society members are very welcome at a cost of £8.00 and Arts Society visiting members £5.00. If you need any further information please contact Chairman, Jane Walters on 01225 834030 or email:

Wine, tea and coffee are available from 6.30 pm.

Members are kindly requested to be seated by 7.10pm .

A ROYAL RESCUE: Dumfries House saved and revealed

Monday 7 October 2019

Dumfries House in Ayrshire was acquired for the nation following a last minute rescue in 2007, largely through the involvement of HRH the Prince of…

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CLIFFORD ELLIS: The founding of Bath Academy of Art at Corsham Court

Monday 4 November 2019

Clifford Ellis (1907-1985) and his wife Rosemary worked as partners, designing posters and book jackets. Clifford was also Head of Bath School of Art, which…

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WILLIAM BECKFORD: An extraordinary and eccentric art collector

Monday 2 December 2019

Throughout his lifetime William Beckford created one of the greatest collections in Europe and had buildings especially designed within which to display it.  His pictures…

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GIOTTO: The founder of modern art

Monday 6 January 2020

In the early 1300s, a new style of painting appeared that revolutionised art in western Europe.  This new style was initiated by the first Italian…

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THE BAUHAUS 1919-2019: A hundred years of modern design

Monday 3 February 2020

Founded in the wake of the first World War under the leadership of Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus strove to create a design ethos for a…

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A PARADISE GARDEN: The art of medieval natural symbols

Monday 2 March 2020

Our churches and cathedrals are packed with symbols that make much better sense if you understand the meanings and associations behind them. This lecture presents…

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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: History of Theatre from Greek and Roman times to the present day

Monday 6 April 2020

This talk gives a panoramic overview of two and a half thousand years of theatre history, tracing the origins of theatre traditions and showing how…

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ANNUS HORRIBILIS: The fire in 1992 and restoration of Windsor Castle

Monday 11 May 2020

1992 was described by The Queen as her “Annus Horribilis”  This illustrated talk tells the story of one part of that year, the devastating fire at Windsor Castle. How…

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BRILLIANT BRITISH HUMOUR: The forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard

Monday 1 June 2020

From the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II millions of artist-drawn humorous postcards were produced not just for entertainment but to bolster…

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