Membership of The Plymouth Athenaeum is a bargain at just £58 per year

Membership of The Plymouth Athenaeum is fantastic value at just £58 per year.

Based in Plymouth city centre, we have an annual programme of activities and events for a one-off annual fee of just £58 per year, which provides access to all of our activities, groups and facilities.

We even offer one month’s FREE trial membership to give you a chance to find out if you like what we do.

Here’s a list of some of our groups and activities:

Art Group

Meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10.15am throughout the year. Members’ work is displayed in the Lounge.

Chinese Brush Painting Group

Meets regularly on the second Monday of the month.

CrossCountry Writers

CrossCountry Writers open mic events are held regularly on Saturday evenings.

The Library at The Plymouth Athenaeum, which is available to members and the general public by appointment. The Plymouth Athenaeum belongs to the Independent Libraries Association.

Discussion Group

Monthly meetings are held on Wednesdays in the Library at 2.30pm to exchange and discuss ideas on the programmed subjects or, on the day, if members agree on the dominant topic.

Photographic Society

The Photographic Society enters and hosts the Gerry Trophy, hosts the Western Counties travelling print exhibition and produces periodic exhibitions.

Play Reading

Monthly on Fridays, at 2.30pm in the Library. For details of the play chosen, see the noticeboard. Readers and listeners are welcome.

Pleasure of Books

Meets on Fridays at 2.30pm, eight times a year. This provides an opportunity for book lovers to share enthusiasms, exchange ideas, participate in discussions and listen to a variety of talks by members.

Poetry Please

Elements of the Radio 4 programme “The Moral Maze” intertwine with studying the background of the selected poetry. There is never one interpretation of any particular work and we rarely accept the viewpoint of a presenter without adding our own gloss.

The Lecture Room at The Plymouth Athenaeum.

Thursday Lectures

The 2018-19 programme will be split between afternoon and evening lectures. Autumn and spring lectures will take place at 7.30pm. Winter lectures begin at 2.30pm.

Tuesday Afternoon Talks

The 2018-19 programme of talks will feature a wide variety of topics. Full details are listed in the programme booklet.

Writers’ Group

The group meets on Monday evenings. The aim is to provide a practical support network for experienced and aspiring writers.

Genre range from poetry and drabbles to plays, short stories and novels. Members of the group can read their work in a friendly and informal environment as part of the process of developing their writing, where they can give and receive honest feedback.

The best feedback inspires the author to look for creative solutions and more effective alternatives.

View our members’ programme of activities and events here.

If you are interested in membership of The Plymouth Athenaeum, please ring (01752) 266079 or email