Members of The Arts Society Kensington & Chelsea enjoy quality lectures, by lecturers accredited to The Arts Society specialising in the arts and artistic heritage, every month from October to July, in the Kensington Central Library Lecture Hall. Members also have the opportunity to join curated visits in and around London as well as overseas trips.

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Upcoming Lectures

Our lectures will ve held either via Zoom or in the lecture hall and our visits and trips will be listed on the website as and when we can organise group visits. Please keep updated via our website and email noticeboards.

You can view our archives of past trips and lectures here

That Pretty German Toy – Musings On The Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is arguably the most iconic aspect of our midwinter celebrations.  In this lecture, given on St. Nicholas’ Day, Peter Medhurst delves into the past - as far…

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Fashion, Fury And Feminism; Women’s Fight For Change

When social historian Tessa Boase told the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds she wanted to write their early story, they refused to let her visit their archives.  To…

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Peer Gynt:  The Words Of Ibsen And The Music Of Grieg Create A Norwegian Masterpiece

The unique collaboration of the two giants of Norwegian creativity is a remarkable work of genius.  Although some of Grieg’s tunes are well known, the story behind its creation and…

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Upcoming Visits

A  virtual guided winter walk in the snow covered  Karwendel Mountains, Austria

The Karwendel mountains are a range of limestone peaks and ridges running along the northern border of the Austrian Tyrol and the southern border of Bavaria. Both the Bavarian and…

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Inspiration and the Cartiers: ‘Never Copy, Only Create’

‘It was 10 years ago that I discovered a trunk of long-lost family letters in the cellar of my grandfather, Jean-Jacques Cartier. It all started off with breakfast on his…

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Great Estates of Scotland – Dumfries House

Dumfries House, a  Palladian country house in Ayrshire, Scotland, is located within a large estate around two miles west of Cumnock. Noted for being one of the few such houses…

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