Welcome to The Arts Society Malmesbury

Chairman: Katharine Odlum

The Arts Society Malmesbury is now a Member Society of The Arts Society.  It 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.


What's On

Become a member - Would you like to become a member of The Arts Society Malmesbury? If so please complete and submit an application form.

Jane Austen and the Chawton Connection, at The Athelstan Museum on 9th March.

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

Study Days - Members of The Arts Society Malmesbury can attend study days being run by other groups. Click here for details of just three run at the end of 2017.


Feedback from the January lecture: "Excellent, very enjoyable. Particularly good slides" If you have feedback for the February lecture please click the box below.

Feb 13th - Counter Memorials : Germany's post WWII culture of apology and atonement 

Mar 13th - The Good Life - Gimson and The Barnsleys : Inventing the Cotswold Style

Apr 10th - Emperor Qianlong : Ultimate Renaissance Ruler and Art Collector

May 8th - Edward Seago : Landscape Perfectionist and Royal Favourite


Apr 21st - Westminster Abbey Musical Tour with The Purcell Club

July 11th - Clandon Park and Watts Gallery

Sept 18th - Rodmarton Manor and Gardens

Study Day

Feb 14th - The English Country House 1550-1830