The Arts Society Teme Valley
Welcome to The Arts Society Teme Valley. We draw our members from across the community and are dedicated to promoting the appreciation and enjoyment of Art, its history and its contribution to our heritage.
We are proud of our series of well-supported lectures given by renowned experts on a wide variety of interesting subjects. They are held on the 3rd Wednesday each month from September to May in the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. See Lectures for more information. We also organize Study Days, and Visits. Other events will be advertised from time to time.
Come and join us on a Wednesday afternoon from two o’clock at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms to find out more and enjoy listening to a talk about something you had never realized was so fascinating.
To find out how to join us or become a member and find out more about us, please click on Join Us and the other tabs above. We are a member of The Arts Society and are part of The Arts Society West Mercia area.
Next Lecture: "Not bloody likely!" The Covent Garden piazza from Inigo Jones to Bernard Shaw and beyond
Ludlow Assembly Rooms Wed 21 March 2018 2:15 pm
Covent Garden was the first great square in London: an Italianate ‘piazza’ with colonnaded arcades and a Palladian church by Inigo Jones. Pepys visited Covent Garden in the 17th century, and in the 18th Handel, Hogarth and Garrick were celebrated here. Voltaire lived in Covent Garden yards from where Boswell first met Dr Johnson and where J.M.W. Turner was born. In the 19th century, the famous opera house burned down (twice!) and Dickens had the Artful Dodger tried in Bow Street. Over the centuries, Covent Garden has embodied all that is most characteristic of British cultural life: a state of grace which - as Bernard Shaw's Eliza Doolittle might have put it - must at times have seemed ‘not bloody likely!'
Writer, broadcaster and professional lecturer; author of a dozen books on social and cultural history. Degrees from Cambridge and Cornell. Lectured at University of Sussex, and later Chief Producer, BBC Radio (Features) and now a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (University of London). Recent books include 'The Hitler Emigrés: The Cultural Impact on Britain of Refugees from Nazism' and 'The Gilded Stage: a Social History of Opera'. Leads frequent music tours to many of the world's great cultural capitals.
Visitors welcome, pay £8 at the door