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.


19th FEBRUARY 2020




This lecture commences with a brief appraisal of attitudes towards the British empire and concludes with a quick look at efforts being made to preserve the buildings of the British Raj.  In between consideration is given to the very best of British colonial architecture in India.  Commencing with East India Company era churches and mausolea of the mid-17th century, the lecturer takes his audience on a round India journey giving centre stage to the most impressive and unusual buildings of Madras (Chennai), Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta), the military cantonments and hill stations. This whistle-stop tour is completed with a brief look at the grandest of imperial buildings, William Emmerson’s Victoria Memorial in Calcutta and Edwin Lutyens’s Viceroy’s House, New Delhi.

ANTHONY PEERS MA FSA Educated as an architectural historian and trained in building conservation, Anthony works as a consultant providing guidance to those planning the repair, alteration and extension of historic buildings.

Anthony set out in the field of building conservation in the employ of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, a charity founded to campaign for historic buildings at risk of decay and dilapidation.

In the mid-1990s he worked with English Heritage’s Listing Division and then with the DTI in Bombay (Mumbai), India. There he set up and ran an innovative (and UNESCO award winning) project to repair George Gilbert Scott’s University buildings whilst training local architects and craftsmen in traditional repair techniques and conservation philosophy.

In more recent times Anthony has harnessed his aptitude for documentary research and fabric analysis in the preparation of building studies.

His history reports and conservation guidance has served to inform major schemes of works at sites such as The Workhouse, Southwell; Aston Hall, Birmingham; The Royal Institution, London and Winchester Cathedral. One such project saw Anthony immersed (for over a decade!) in the planning and execution of the £35 Million scheme to repair and revitalise Birmingham’s Town Hall. His book on the building’s history was published in 2012, to much critical acclaim, being one of the seven British ‘projects’ cited in the European Union’s 2013 Europa Nostra Awards.

Anthony is Deputy Chairman of the Ancient Monuments Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.



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.