Please read Chair’s Notices and Covid-19 Arrangements for up to date notices regarding the delivery of our Lecture Programme while the current Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Please also note that all our lectures are being presented via Zoom while the current pandemic continues and are NOT taking place at the Bronte Lecture Theatre of the University of Huddersfield.  Details can be found by following the links in the right hand column on this Home page under the heading “Forthcoming Events”. Thank you.

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.

The Huddersfield Society has a healthy membership of over 120 and welcomes new members throughout the year. 


Each year the society presents nine lectures and opportunities to learn and socialise further through days of special interest.  Our lectures take place on a Thursday from 19.30 normally in the Sparck Building, Firth Street, Huddersfield, with members getting together from around 18.45 onwards and notices, prior to the lectures, at 19.15. Currently, our lectures will be provided on line via Zoom.  For full details of dates and subjects of each lecture please click on the Lecture title under “Forthcoming Events” in the right hand column on this Home page where a rolling programme can be found.  Alternatively, to see the complete programme, view the page “Upcoming Lectures” which can be found in the drop down box by clicking on “Lectures” in the banner above and following the links.  The programme itself will be updated if new arrangements are made.  Details of Days of Special Interest and Visits can also be found on dedicated pages on this website although, under the current lockdown arrangements, these have not yet been finalised.

Our next lecture will be on Thursday 18th November at 7.30pm via Zoom

Dr Neil Faulkner

Renaissance, Reformation and Counter-Reformation: a revolution in art in context.

What does “Renaissance Art” mean?  The paintings, sculptures, and architectural forms of the 15th to 17th centuries were never ‘art for art’s sake’.  Art was doing a job of work: communicating messages about a new world order that was coming into being.  Art was expressing the conflict of traditions and values that powered the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation.

By focusing on a selection of representative artists and artworks, this lecture will unpack the ferment of ideas implicit in Renaissance art.  We will range from Michelangelo’s Rome to Shakespeare’s London to Rembrandt’s Holland but our survey will demonstrate that art was the common language of an age of turmoil and a way of thinking about a changing world.

Dr Faulkner was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He works as lecturer, writer, archaeologist and occasional broadcaster.  He is a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.   Dr Faulkner is also Editor of Military History Monthly; Director of Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project and Director of the Great Arab Revolt Project.   He is author of The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain; Apocalypse; Hidden Treasure; Rome: Empire of the EaglesThe Ancient Greek Olympics: a visitor’s guide and author of the forthcoming Lawrence of Arabia’s War.  His major TV appearances include Channel 4’s Time Team; BBC2’s Timewatch; Channel Five’s Boudica Revealed and Sky Atlantic’s The British.


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Lecture Programme 2022

Advance notice of next year’s Lecture Programme can be found by following the link above.