MENU
THE ARTS SOCIETY
BROMLEY

DateNews
07 October 2019Diane Chorley Succeeds Hilary Williams as President
07 October 2019TO BE ANNOUNCED
24 November 2018The Arts Society GLA GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION CONCERT
06 October 2018ARCHIVE OPEN DAY AT TATE BRITAIN
22 September 2018'OUR TRUE GOLD; A Jubilee Celebration at Bridewell Hall'
17 July 2018Visits organised by The Arts Society Beckenham
18 June 2018OUTINGS BOOKED FOR THE SEASON 2018-2019
04 March 2018GLA Golden anniversary Study Days
01 January 2018TOURS PLANNED FOR 2018
19 October 2017The Arts Society Bromley 100 club

Click on a row and scroll to display more details about the news

Diane Chorley Succeeds Hilary Williams as President
Monday 07 October 2019

Diane Chorley Succeeds Hilary Williams as President  

Hilary Williams, who has served as Honorary President of The Arts Society Bromley for ten years, a term limited by our constitution, was awarded lifetime honorary membership of the society at the Annual General Meeting on October 7.  During her tenure she has delivered the first lecture of each year on subjects ranging from Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt to historic villas in Kent and the Treasures in the Wallace Collection.  

A member of the Society since joining as Artistic Director when it was established, Hilary has served in a wide range of roles on the committee, perhaps most memorably as Tours organizer, before succeeding Founder Member, Valerie Carboni, as President in 2009. Diane Chorley, who was chairman of the Society from 2008-2011, has, like Hilary, worn many hats on the committee during the years since she first joined in 2000. She continues as Tours secretary for the current membership year. Diane’s career as a teacher and LEA inspector culminated in a stint as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools. 

There was enthusiastic applause when Rosaleen Bishop, current chairman, presented Hilary with a gift from the membership of two enormous tomes of Rembrandt’s prints and paintings published by the Rijksmuseum this year.  In thanking the audience for this gift, an accompanying bottle of champagne, and a collection of photographs of the chairmen of our society who had worked alongside her, Hilary said she had loved Rembrandt ever since first seeing his work as a ten year old and it was this that had set her on the path to becoming an art historian and lecturer.   Hilary is currently Art History Education Officer at the British Museum where she was formerly Superintendent of Prints and Drawings.  

In thanking Hilary for her many years of service, Rosaleen noted that our Young Arts Programme had benefited greatly from Hilary’s generosity in donating her lecture fees over the years.