Malmesbury Decorative & Fine Arts Society


Welcome to Malmesbury DFAS


Chairman: Katharine Odlum

Malmesbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society (MDFAS) is a Member Society of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).  The aim of the Society is to provide an appreciation and study of the decorative and fine arts. 

We enjoy lectures from first class speakers, experts in their field. They cover a wide range of topics in the fine and applied arts, including architecture, furniture, music, ceramics, paintings and many others. We select our speakers from a pool of over 300 which is managed by NADFAS and, between them, they cover over 4,000 topics. We always aim to give our members a balanced programme of lectures through the year.

In addition, several visits a year are arranged to historic houses, museums, galleries, gardens and other places of interest. There are Days of Special Interest to look into particular subjects in greater detail and, an annual UK or overseas cultural trip is arranged.  Members also receive a quarterly magazine from NADFAS.

Run entirely by volunteers, our Society provides a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests, learn, have fun and make new and lasting friendships. Each Society within NADFAS is a registered charity, and we aim to donate surplus money at the end of each year to local causes involved in arts-related projects.

As Chairman I would be glad to supply information or answer queries you may have about aspects of our Society. Please complete the Contact Form and I will answer as soon as possible.


We wish all of our members a Happy New Year


At the January lecture Tom Duncan talked about a local source of unusual and rare plants; that was Pan-Global Plants.

Many members liked the Chocolate Guiness Cake served after the January lecture: for those who would like to make it here is the recipe.

What's on in January and February

January 10th - Lecture: The Gardens of Ireland

April 7th-11th - Visit: The Veneto in Italy

February 14th - Lecture: Vermeer's Quiet Interiors

February 15th - Study Day: Munich and Dresden

2017 Visits

March 28th - Visit: Ashmolean Museum and Trinity College, Oxford

June 5th-8th - Visit: Houses and Gardens in Sussex Unfortuntely we have had to cancel this visit.