The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) is a pioneering educational arts charity that has been fostering appreciation of the decorative and fine arts and the preservation of our national heritage for over 40 years. The association has a membership of more than 91,000, supporting a network of over 375 local Societies in the UK, Europe and Australasia, which is increasing all the time.

The NADFAS Chiltern Hills Area currently covers most of the societies in Buckinghamshire and includes some in east Oxfordshire, and in Windsor and Maidenhead, This Area comprises 14 Societies,  further details of which can be found in the Societies  section.

With inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the country's top experts, together with days of special interest, educational visits and cultural holidays, NADFAS is a great way to learn, develop your knowledge of the arts, have fun and make new and lasting friendships.

You can find out more about NADFAS nationally by clicking here.

In Chiltern Hills we play our part in preserving our national heritage and giving back to the arts, with volunteers involved in

  • Church Recording - archiving details of stained glass windows, medieval wall paintings, ancient silver, church organs etc.   and we learn that to a modern child "font" means the size and shape of letters rather than where a baby is christened!


  • Restoration and conservation of old books                        painstaking work under the guidance of a professional conservator


  • Trails to encourage young children to explore their local churches and discover ancient things                Church is not just for Sunday School!


  • Young Arts projects, funded by our societies to help school children to develop their artistic talent and expression           making things can be fun  and different!


  • Grants to students in tertiary education, in areas such as silver-smithing, jewellery, furniture making and textiles             all based round local resources to be found in our area.


Have a look at our site, where photographs and videos add to the descriptions of our various activities.

Links are highlighted in blue. Click on a link and it will take you to a different page, or another website. All our Societies have their own website and you can access each Society's Lecture or Visits programme through these links.





Upcoming events

NADFAS Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 11:00 to 17:00

Backstage at the Opera-a Study Day organised by High Wycombe DFAS

What is a dramaturg?  Come to High Wycombe's Study Day on Mo...Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:00 to 15:00

The Arts Society, Maidenhead. Come and join in the excitement of a new Society start up-and enjoy a free lecture.

...Monday, June 12, 2017 - 11:00

Area Study Day 1 The Silk Road and the Seas. Europe's Gateways to the Treasures of the East

Lecture 1: A general chronology of merca...Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:00 to 15:30

Area Study Day 2: Precious Cargoes from the East.

Lecture 1 The East India companies: Port...Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:00 to 15:00