The Totnes Society was founded in 1990 and currently has around 240 members living in and around Totnes and the surrounding areas.   Our aim is to inform and interest people through the appreciation and study of decorative and fine arts including painting and  painters, music and musicians, literature, furniture, mosaics and architecture from around the world, through an extensive lecture and visit programme.   We also provide the opportunity for children and young people to become involved in creative art activity through Young Arts and Church Trail projects and also for people of all ages to become involved in heritage and conservation projects in the surrounding areas.

Monthly Lectures are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September to May. Our lectures, starting at 10.30am, take place in the Barn Cinema, Darlington Hall Estate, Totnes, TQ9 6EL.

Car Parking uses automatic number plate recognition, so you need to pay at a machine, entering your registration number but you do not need to display a ticket. The lecture usually lasts a little more than 1 hour, so pay for two and have a coffee before or afterwards... they are pretty strict with issuing fines. The carpark is often quite full, so give yourself time and drop less nimble walkers near the theatre. Blue Badge parking is available next to the Shippon Studios, a short walk from the theatre.  For a large diagram of carparks suitable for those attending lectures, look under "Our Society" then "Documents", you can download this and print it if you wish.

The Lectures are given in the Barn Cinema within the stunning surroundings of Dartington Hall and Gardens.

The lecturers are expert in their subject and mostly accredited by The Arts Societies. In addition to our lecture programme we hold study days where we explore a particular subject in more depth. We also aim to provide day visits and access to UK and European guided tours. Please see the Lecture and Visits / Tours pages on our web site for more details.

Guests. If you would like to attend one of our lectures as a guest please contact our membership secretary, Sylvia Butler (  We ask for a donation when you visit please. Our lectures are followed by the opportunity to meet and talk with other members over tea, coffee or lunch. Members wishing to bring guests to any of our lectures should contact the Membership Secretary in advance.

Affiliated membership of The Arts Society is also available for £10 p.a.  See their website - Benefits include their quarterly Arts magazine, invitations to members events and courses, special offers and concessions, regular newsletter with updates from The Arts Society and opportunities to volunteer.

Listed below is a brief summary of our data protection policy:

  • Members' details will be processed fairly and lawfully and in accordance with the Society's legitimate activities.
  • Members' details with be disclosed to The Arts Society for the purposes of mailing the quarterly magazine The Arts Society Review.
  • Members' details may be disclosed to the The Arts Society Area or to other Member Societies.