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 Zoom lecture will be on Thursday 16th September at 7.30pm 

Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper

Love is enough: at home with Jane and William Morris.

William Morris wrote: ’The secret of true happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.’

This lecture looks at the houses and works of art that Jane & William made together, from the Red House to Kelmscott Manor.  Through newly revealed letters and diaries, furniture, wall-hangings and beautiful books, we can explore the pioneering life they embraced with their artist friends.

Dr Fagence Cooper studied History at Oxford University and Art History at the Courtauld Institute and at Christie’s Education.  She was a Curator and Research Fellow at the V&A Museum for twelve years and is now a Visiting Fellow at the University of York. Dr Fagence Cooper lectured extensively for museums and on Cunard liners and undertaken broadcasts and consultancies for the BBC and Channel 4.  She was the Historical Consultant to Ralph Fiennes for The Invisible Woman, a film about Charles Dickens and the BBC drama, The Living and the Dead. Her publications include Pre-Raphaelite Art in the Victoria and Albert Museum (2003), The Victorian Woman (2001) and Effie Gray, Ruskin & Millais (2010).  She was Research Curator at York Art Gallery for the exhibition Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud (2019) and her most recent book is To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters.  Currently Dr Fagence Cooper isworking on a new book: At Home with Jane and William Morris. 


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Lecture Programme 2022

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