The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS)

San-Bartolo-Guatemala

The Murals of San Bartolo, Guatemala, where I carried out my PhD research

 

I am an Arts Society Lecturer and happy to travel anywhere inside and outside the UK to talk about the Maya and their amazing art and architecture.

Examples of lectures and study days can be found on the general talks page.

Further resources on the Maya can be on my resources page.

Upcoming Talks

” Yesterday was so enjoyed by everyone, I had so many enthusiastic comments. You are obviously passionate about the Maya. We all came away so much better informed and myths dispelled. With many thanks for such a fascinating day.”

Rosalind Balfour – Grayshott Arts Society

2019

9 May
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Croydon Arts Society.

27 June
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Reigate Arts Society.

12 September
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Malling Arts Society.

24 September
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. High Weald Arts Society.

19 November
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Lunesdale Arts Society.

 

“I have had many very positive emails concerning you and your lectures quoting “the best Special Interest Day I have been to” and “warm and engaging”; “not a note in sight”; “passionate about subject”; truly “outstanding”, “wished we had experienced this lecture before we went to Maya”; and many more. For all of this I thank you so very much.”

Sandra Fletcher, New Alresford Arts Society

2020

15 January
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Stafford Arts Society.

11 February
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Mid Essex Arts Society.

18 February
Study Day on the Ancient and Modern Maya. Egerton Arts Society.

20 February
Study day on the Maya. Tunbridge Wells Arts Society.

20 May
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Runnymede Arts Society.

2 June
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Bolton Arts Society.

18 June
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Huddersfield Arts Society.

6 October
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Ascot Arts Society.

9 November
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Cambridge Arts Society.

“Dr Davies was young, enthusiastic and passionate about her subject, a wonderful example of a new lecturer and a breath of fresh air in the speaker list. As an archaeologist and historian she really knew her subject. She spoke without notes, brought lots of lovely artefacts for us to see and from time to time introduced short videos with sound to illustrate the lives of modern Maya in Guatemala. Diane Davies has a refreshing and personal style. It was such a lovely day – the members who were not there missed a real treat.”

Senior member of the Southern Region of The Arts Society.

2021

25 March
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Mid-Wales and Borders Arts Society.

8 June
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Rickmansworth Arts Society.

 

 

Previous Talks

19 March 2019
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Norfolk Arts Society.

13 March 2019
Study Day – The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy – Splendour of Colours: Painted Vessels of the Maya – The Lords of Creation: Kingship in Maya Art. Alresford Arts Society.

27 February 2019
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Cranleigh Arts Society.

15th February 2018
The Splendour of Colours: Painted Vessels of the Maya. Surrey Heath Arts Society.

21 November 2018
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Induction for Arts Society Chairmen Annual Meeting, London.

14 November 2018
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Egerton Arts Society.

17th October 2018
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Sheffield Arts Society.

11th October 2018
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Cambridge Arts Society.

9th October 2018
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. North Devon Arts Society.

12 September 2018
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Birmingham Arts Society.

12 June 2018
The Splendour of Colours: Painted Vessels of the Maya. Havering Arts Society.

11 June 2018
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. North West Norfolk Arts Society.

21 May 2018
The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy. Deben Arts Society.

14th March 2018
Study Day – The Magnificent Maya: Fact and Fantasy – Splendour of Colours: Painted Vessels of the Maya – The Lords of Creation: Kingship in Maya Art. Grayshott Arts Society.

12th March 2018
The Magnificent Maya – Fact and Fantasy. South West London Arts Society.

20th February 2018
The Magnificent Maya – Fact and Fantasy. Haslemere Arts Society.

 

 

At the Maya site of Tikal, Guatemala