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Cambridge Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Welcome to Cambridge Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Registered Charity 276000

Welcome to the Home Page of Cambridge DFAS. Please browse these pages to find out more about what we do and who we are and how you can join us.

The Society is a member society of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies which is itself a leading arts charity which works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, alongside promoting the conservation of our artistic heritage. NADFAS opens up the world of the arts for everyone to enjoy, learn, participate in, and preserve.  Our Society was formed in 1971 by our Founder Mrs. Vivian Tubbs.

Each year the committee of volunteers arranges a varied programme which includes ten lectures, two Special Interest Days, four  or more visits and sometimes a longer visit of several days. We have active groups of Heritage Volunteers and Church Recorders. The Society also supports Young Arts, most recently by giving a grant to Eddie's to enable a group of young people with special learning needs to make a film which was shown at Junction 3 in Cambridge.

The Society’s year begins in October and ends in June. Lectures are held in Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, which has theatre style seating so that members can enjoy the images which accompany the lectures. Because of the limited size of the hall however, only members of Cambridge DFAS  may attend without registering; guests must register with the membership secretary at least 48 hours before a lecture.  The lecturers and leaders of Special Interest Days are chosen from the NADFAS directory of excellent speakers. Special Interest Days are also held in Churchill College. Details of all of the above can be found in these web pages.

We hope that you find this information helpful and enjoy reading about our programme for 2016/17.

The Institute of Continuing Education has an Open Day on 1 April.  

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Visit on 1 June to Gainsborough's House and the Warner Archive.   

Booking opens on 13 April and booking forms will be available from the documents section (go to About Us, Documents) from the day before.



Because of the shortage of parking places, members are requested to park as economically as possible taking as little space as you can.