Welcome to The Arts Society King's Lynn

Welcome to The Arts Society King’s Lynn.  We are one of several hundred individual branches of The Arts Society in Britain (and in Europe, Australasia and Canada).Originally founded in 1968 for people interested in the Fine and Decorative Arts it has since expanded its interests to include the Arts in general, from painting and sculpture to music, architecture and design.  We offer nine excellent lectures (further details available elsewhere on this website)  - to which visitors are very welcome - on the second Thursday in the month between September and May, meeting at 2.05 pm at West Winch Village Hall, PE33 0JY.  The society also organises visits to interesting places nearby, and study tours to places further afield.  For example, members have recently enjoyed a five day visit to the Cardiff area, and next year will visit northern Italy.   In October other excursions for members will include a specialist historic music afternoon and a visit to Warners Textile Museum in Braintree.

The aspect which sets our society apart from others is that our members may, if they wish, undertake practical work as Church Recorders, Heritage Volunteers and devise Children’s Trails (to churches, chapels and other places of interest),  enthralling and educating 8-12 year olds.  The Church Recorders responded to a request from the V & A Museum for society members to record the interiors of churches.  So far King’s Lynn has worked on 20 local churches, compiling their complete inventories for the national record.   The King’s Lynn Heritage Volunteers have for many years assisted the National Trust by cleaning and caring for the books in the library at Oxburgh Hall, and more recently assisted the Wisbech and Fenland Museum in cataloguing its collections. A small team are assisting Holkham Hall in conserving a large 18th century tapestry.   Full training is given to enable members to undertake these tasks with confidence, and to enjoy being part of the friendly teams working alongside those who usually run these organisations.

Nationally the societies are keen to offer opportunities to youngsters, from Primary school to college students, for practical work, visits to see great modern and historic art, and by offering the opportunity for individual young artists to explore their own talents with, for example, bursaries for training in conservation techniques.  Young Arts explores these possibilities.

We are a friendly and welcoming group of people, who have a love of the Arts in the widest sense, and relish the opportunity to help preserve our national heritage for posterity.  If you feel intrigued by any of this, why not give us a visit?  You will receive a warm welcome.

Kate Parker, Chairman

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