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 the Arts. We look at the history and contribution to our heritage of all forms of the Arts in their many guises including painting, sculpture, design, theatre, music and architecture.

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.


Owing to renovation works currently being carried out by the Ludlow Assembly Rooms (LAR), from now until further notice, Lectures will take place in Oscars, NOT in the auditorium. The coffee and tea sessions after the Lectures will be held in the Studio. LAR will provide signage to enable visitors to find Oscars as the usual entrance will be closed. Should the improvement works at LAR ever preclude the use of Oscars, details of an alternative venue will be published here.


20th NOVEMBER 2019



Looks at one of the finest Jacobean country houses in England. Built between 1618 and 1635, its public history is almost as long as its life as a private house. Aston was the first great house in Britain to be taken into public ownership – and the subject of the country's first major Heritage campaign. The Hall, full of outstanding interiors effectively unaltered since the middle of the 18th century, is now part of Birmingham’s museum service. After an introduction to the house, the talk considers the ideas, problems and excitement of interpreting a major house and collection for the public, and the series of furnishing programmes which, since the 1940s, have steadily brought the Hall back to life.

Martin Ellis:

Martin has worked as a field archaeologist, art curator, broadcaster and art dealer. At Blackburn and Birmingham Museums, he curated collections of fine and applied art, exhibitions and historic buildings. His most recent project is the co-curation of the major exhibition Victorian Radicals, currently on an 8-venue tour of the USA. Martin was closely involved with the development of the BBC and British Museum project A History of the World in 100 Objects, and has written and presented a variety of programmes for BBC Radio 4 in association with Pier Productions. He currently works with his wife Julia in their art and antiques business. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an accredited lecturer for the Arts Society, a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham.


Further details of each Lecture will be shown on the Lectures page as soon as they become available

Visitors welcome, pay £8 at the door


You can read a review of some Lectures after they have been given by navigating to "Previous Lectures" on the Lectures Page. Click on the particular Lecture in which you are interested and, if it exists, the Review will be found beneath the Description of the Lecture. To read reviews of some of the  Study Days or Visits, follow the same principle as above but navigate first to the relevant page ie "Study Days" or "Visits" and then proceed as above.

Should you wish to make your own comment on any Lecture, Study Day or Visit for posting on this web site, please download the Comments Form from the Documents tab and once completed, email it to the Webmaster : The Society reserves the right to edit any such comments.