The Arts Society is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the Arts through a network of local societies and national events.

With inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the country’s top experts, together with days of special interest, educational visits and cultural holidays, The Arts Society is a great way to learn, have fun and make new and lasting friendships.

Society Members and Affiliate Members can also become involved in worthwhile conservation volunteering projects in churches, museums, castles and stately homes. There are over 375 Societies throughout the UK and mainland Europe, as well as in Australia and New Zealand, so join us and discover all that The Arts Society has to offer.


Our lectures take place on a Thursday from 19.30 in the Heritage Quay Building at the University of Huddersfield, with members usually getting together from around 19.00 onwards and notices, prior to the lectures, at 19.15.  To see the complete programme, view the page “Lecture Programme 2023” which can be found on the banner above and following the links.

Our next lecture will take place at 7.30pm on 16th November 2023 in the Heritage Quay Building of the University of Huddersfield.

NOVEMBER 16TH     ALAN READ                                                                                   


Everyone knows the ingredients of a traditional Christmas: gathering round the Christmas tree, pulling crackers, eating Christmas pudding and mince pies; those last-minute cards sent to people you’ve not seen all year.  These are the festive celebrations with which most of us grew up and they still hold a special magic as representing the timeless Christmases of days gone by but where did they start?  This lecture looks at the characters and personalities of the people who began those traditions or introduced them to this country.

Alan holds a Master’s and First Class Honours degrees in History of Art from Birkbeck College, University of London.  He is a gallery guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery and has lectured at many galleries including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery and the NPG. Alan is also a London Blue Badge Guide and City of London Guide.

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