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BARTS Society events

BARTS Society, in Association with Buckinghamshire New University

All lectures run from 7pm until 9pm in Owen Harris Lecture Room 2 unless otherwise stated.

Bucks staff and students: free
BARTS Society members: £4
Visitors: £6.00

For more information please email Carol Willatt on: 

To take a look at the BARTS 2015 diary of events (pdf).

About the BARTS society

In the early 1990s, the Humanities Faculty of the Bucks New University came up with the inspired idea of introducing a multi-disciplinary, part time degree, directly aimed at mature students, most of whom were in work. The degree was called Arts & Society and covered six disciplines Art History, English Literature, Politics, Sociology, Psychology, Film and Media Studies.

After attending lectures two nights a week for a minimum of four years, plus occasional Saturday study days, having written 32 assessed essays of 2,000 words each and taken 16 three hour exams and written a dissertation of 10,000 words, many of us came through it all and achieved an honours degree.

But, that was not the end of the story. Most of us are masochists. We enjoyed studying! It's like an addiction- once you start you just don't want to stop. As a result, in 1995 a group of the new graduates started the BARTS Society, its main objective being to nurture the new found knowledge and keep the alumni together.

The name BARTS for the Society was easy- we had studied Arts & Society and for many of us the end result was a Bachelor of Arts Degree! The University is extremely proud of its Arts & Society graduates, some of whom achieved special internal and external awards and it continues to support BARTS. We are independent but are proud to be in association with Bucks New University.

How has the BARTS Society evolved?

Originally, membership of the Society was restricted to those who had studied for the degree. However, sadly, the University dropped Arts & Society in its original form in 1997 and incorporated it into the Faculty's modular programme. The pool of ex-student talent from which we recruited members was, somewhat diminished.

However, because of the amount of interest shown in the Society's meetings by friends and guests, it was decided to open the membership to embrace a wider audience. As a result, our programme of lectures and events has gone from strength to strength.

We have embarked on many new ventures since the Society began but the original ethos remains - a strong focus on Arts & Society and the original six subjects that were studied. The Society is served by a small committee of dedicated volunteers, who plan the lectures and events and administer the inner workings of the group.

We welcome new ideas for lectures and events within the present framework.

What do you get for your membership fee?

We have over 120 members who pay £15 each per annum which includes:

  • reduced rates at all lectures;
  • advanced preferential booking for all events;
  • regular calendars and newsletters.

We strive to keep costs to a minimum and always ask for a special group price when visiting galleries etc. The committee have always agreed that by keeping down the prices as much as possible it encourages more members to take part

Lectures are held in the Owen Harris Building on Thursday evenings and occasional Saturdays, in accordance with our Diary of Events. Information regarding the diary can be found on the BARTS Society website.

Staff and students of the Bucks are always welcome to attend our lectures - free of charge. They may, of course, join the BARTS Society and/or go on our outings, subject to there being space available but, at the same cost charged to our members.

BARTS Society has regular trips to art galleries, historic towns, houses and gardens nationwide. Annual foreign trips have also been a part of the BARTS programme. Florence, Rome, Milan and Istanbul are just a few to mention.