Welcome to The Arts Society Malmesbury

Chairman: Katharine Odlum

The Arts Society Malmesbury is a Member Society of The Arts Society and was previously known as Malmesbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society (MDFAS).

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 nationally by The Arts Society 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 The Arts Society.

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 Member Society within The Arts Society 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.


The March lecture and all future lectures will start at 13:45, with doors opening at 13:15, to fit in with the revised GWR schedule.


Become a member or renew your annual subscription - click here for more information.

Our Information Leaflet has just been updated and will be sent to all of our members. If you would like to read it online click here.

Guests at Lectures

If you as a member would like to invite a guest to a lecture or come along yourself if you are not a member, please contact our Membership Secretary Judy Little on 01453 884683 or by email: to let her know before a lecture.  The cost per guest is £10 payable at the lecture.


April 20th-24th - Visit Haarlem, The Hague and Gouda in The Netherlands

June 16th - Visit Broughton Castle and Broughton Grange near Banbury

July 9th - Visit Sezincote and Bourton House Gardens

Special Interest Days

Feb 19th - From Monochrome to Polychrome: How Colour Transformed the Art of Garden Design ----- Click here to see photos taken 

The Arts Society West Mercia runs Study Days to which our members are invited to attend. For details click here.

Lectures 2019 - 2020

Please let us have your feedback on lectures you have heard by sending an email to Thank you.

Feb 11th - Angela Findlay - The Empty Chair in Art: From Van Gogh to Ai Weiwei

Mar 10th - Paul Rabbitts - A Concise History of our Great British Public Parks 

Apr 14th - Christopher Bradley - Islamic Art: Exploring the Decorative Arts of the Islamic World 

May 12th - Kate Strasdin - An Easy Day for a Lady: The Dress of Early Women Mountaineers 1850-1914. This will be followed by our annual Plant Swap.

Jun 9th - Simon Seligman - 'Debo' - Mitford, Cavendish, Devonshire, Duchess and Housewife 1920-2014

Jul 14th - Leslie Primo - Signs, Signals and Iconography: The Hidden Stories in Art

What Else is On

Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre - Music for everyone! Click here to see what's on.

Movies@Malmesbury - Do you like to see live broadcasts from The Royal Opera House or Royal Shakespeare Company? If so, click here