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?



The latest Young Arts Project at the new Damers First School is a ceramic tree fixed to the end of one of the walls.  Every child took part.  To learn more visit the Young Arts section. You can either click the link in blue in the previous line or navigate to 'Volunteering' and then 'Young Arts'.


As previously advised NADFAS has taken the decision to rebrand and use the name "The Arts Society" with effect from 17 May 2017. However, individual societies have been given the option to take more time to change their name and adapt their websites and marketing and communication materials so that costs and effort may be optimised and spread over a longer period. Your Committee has taken this option and we shall not be changing our name for the time being. We shall of course keep you updated with future developments.

A film about the rebranding can be linked to here.  


Tickets are now available for "Riviera Paradise" on Tuesday 10 October 2017 presented by Mary Alexander. Please go to "Special Interest" for details and an application form.


Our first visit in 2018 will be a three-day outing with an exciting programme taking in Blenheim Palace, a guided city tour of Oxford, Pitt-Rivers Museum, Ashmolean Museum and Hughenden Manor departing 22 April 2018. Please go to VISITS for details.


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.