Dorset County Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Welcome to the Dorset County Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DCDFAS) website.

This society serves the Dorchester and Weymouth area in Dorset and our members are interested in and enjoy the arts in general. Our Society is affiliated to The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).

Our objective, through lectures and visits, is to broaden our knowledge and enjoyment of the decorative and visual arts. We meet in the Corn Exchange in Dorchester to attend illustrated lectures given by experts chosen for their knowledge and presentational skills to speak on a huge variety of topics: architecture, artists, china, glass, painting, sculpture, jewellery, furniture and much more, covering every period when mankind has been creative.

The Visits may include museums, palaces, country houses, gardens, exhibitions and other places of interest. Our Special Interest Days provide the opportunity for members who want to study subjects in greater depth from a lecturer who has more time to speak at length. We also enjoy several social events each year. Our volunteers help at the Dorset County Museum and Church Trails in churches nearby. Our society also supports Young Arts with a variety of projects.

We are open to all age groups and hope you will find much to interest you in our very varied programme of events.

Guests of members and visitors wishing to attend on a "trial" basis are welcome to our lectures and, as a Registered Charity, we request a discretionary donation of £5 per person at the door.

Why not spend time to explore this website to discover more about our activities?


From May 2017 your society will become "The Arts Society, Dorset County". 

This follows an extensive review and national rebranding of NADFAS which is intended to bring greater clarity to its name and purpose. The new name "The Arts Society" is designed to reflect the scope of its activities over many categories of The Arts and also reinforces the fellowship and volunteering elements which are so important to members. All members should have received a newsletter by e-mail on 31 January 2017 giving links to further details. The Spring "Review" magazine has also provided more information.  A film about the rebranding can be linked to here.  


The small team of volunteers would welcome new recruits. If you are interested in books and their conservation, would like to assist the County Museum and have a couple of hours available on Monday or Thursday mornings usually once a fortnight you are invited to come along to the Library between 10am and 12 noon on Thursday 27 April to meet some of the team and find out what is involved.


The ceramic tree at Damers School has now been completed and is in place on a wall of the new building in Poundbury. Further details and images will soon be available on the Young Arts page


The second day visit of the year will be to Hestercombe and Cothelstone Manor in Somerset on 13 June 2017. For further details and an application form please go to VISITS.

Our final day visit of the year will be to Buckfast Abbey and Ugbrooke House in Devon on 13 July 2017. Please go to VISITS for further details and an application form. 


We would be very grateful if members would give us feedback on their opinion of the quality and interest level of the lectures via the website. This will help us greatly in preparing the future programmes.

All current members have been registered and should be able to give feedback on lectures.  If anyone finds problems in registering, please send a message and the registration will be done MANUALLY by the Website Manager.  Once an acknowledgement reply is received to say that registration is successful, please give your feedback again. This may take some time as the Website Manager may not be at his computer at that moment!


The website designer has made some minor design changes to the website especially where members view the site on their mobile phones. If it looks a little odd please refresh your browser whilst viewing the page. This is usually by pressing the F5 key.