194th ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2013-2014
The Council presents its report and financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2014. The financial statements comply with current statutory requirements and with the requirements of the Society's memorandum and articles.
The Society is a company limited by guarantee governed by its memorandum and articles of association. Membership is open to anyone on payment of an annual subscription of £18 which is due on 1 October each year. Only those members who have paid or have been elected to Honorary Membership are entitled to vote at the AGM. In the event of the Society being wound up, every person who is a member, or who has been a member within one year, is liable to contribute to the debts and liabilities of the Society a sum not exceeding £10.
STRUCTURE, GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT
The members of the Council are considered to be both directors for Companies Act purposes and trustees for Charities Act purposes. One third of the members of Council retire by rotation at each Annual General Meeting (normally held in December), when appointments or reappointments are made. The Council has powers to co-opt to its membership. Membership of the Council takes into account the need to have members with expertise to cover the variety of activities of the Society. All members of the Society are notified prior to the AGM of the names of the Council members who are due to retire and are invited to submit nominations. The AGM held on 4th December 2013 approved the re-election of Dr Hatton, Dr Jakeways, Cllr Nash, and Professor Seaward.
The Officers of the Society are elected by and from the members of Council at the first meeting of Council following the Annual General Meeting; at the Council meeting on 16th January 2014, Professor Hill was elected as President, Dr Lydon as Secretary, Mr Evans as Treasurer and Professor North as Vice-President.
Council met on six occasions during 2013-2014. Parts of its business were delegated to the following committees: Grants, Events, Publications and Museums, chaired respectively by Dr Hatton, Professor Bushby, Mr Hirschmann and Professor Hill. These committees are required to act in accordance with the Society’s Aims and Policies, and their recommendations are put to the Council for its approval. Mr Hirschmann resigned from membership of Council in July 2014, and the decision was taken to suspend the Publications Committee for the time being, there being no current plans for further publications beyond those of record, which are handled by the Council.
THE SOCIETY'S AIMS AND ACTIVITIES
Society aims to promote the advancement of science, literature and the arts in
the city of
· providing a programme of free public lectures relevant to the Society’s aims
· supporting the work of the City of Leeds Museums & Galleries
supporting other activities in
· providing grants for purposes of research, publication, or artistic performance
· awarding prizes
In making grants to promote the advancement of the Society’s aims, the Council places particular emphasis on (but does not limit its grants to) the support of activities which directly benefit the citizens of Leeds or assist those engaged in academic and scholarly activities relating to Leeds and its immediate area. It does not normally give grants in general support of students on taught courses. The value of grants is normally in the range £100 to £2,000, although this limit may be exceeded in special circumstances. The Council is keen to support new endeavours by the award of ‘pump-priming’ grants.
The Society’s archives
The Society’s archives are held in the Special
Collections section of the Brotherton Library and during the year conservation
work has continued on the more important documents in the collection. Professor
North and Dr Hatton have undertaken a review of holdings in various libraries
in Leeds with a view to ensuring that, as far as possible, there are complete
sets of the Society’s Annual Reviews for public access in the
During the 2013-14 session, the Society continued its recent successes in fulfilling its aims as listed above, including a programme of artistic and scientific events for members and non-members as detailed below. During the year the Society lost 14 members through resignation or death and welcomed 14 new members, so that at the end of September 2014 the total number remained at 185.
The regular monthly events covered a wide range of topics as usual and were always well supported both by Society members, guests and members of the public.
The following events took place:
· John Evans Military Paintings.
· The Priestley Lecture: Dr David Maw Ben Franklin, Priestley’s American Counterpart.
· Annual General Meeting and Dinner, with after-dinner speaker, Professor Anthony Ogus Operatic Experiences – Then and Now.
Harrison Clock in the
· Jim Gamble Meccano.
Science Fair – in
· Prof Sheena Radford Protein Folding - Nature’s Origami.
Atkinson Grimshaw Event - unveiling memorial plaque at
· Prof Eileen Ingham Natural Tissue Scaffolds: off the shelf tissue transplants.
· Summer visit to Quarry Bank Mill and Jodrell Bank.
History-Themed Road Show at the Discovery Centre, organised
jointly with the
· Bob Holman Woodbine Willie, an unsung hero of World War One.
In addition, the Society was represented at a
number of events, including the preview of the Grayson Perry tapestries at
During the year the following grants were awarded by the Society:
· Richard Wilcocks, £1000 towards the cost of commissioning James MacMillan to compose a work to be performed by Leeds Festival Chorus in the Town Hall in March 2014.
Frederick Mee, £1000 to support the delivery of an
interactive drama and creative writing project, Gawain and the Green Knight, to 600 Years 5 and 6 pupils in Leeds
Moore, £1000 to deliver a multi-sensory, switch-accessible computer system to
facilitate meaningful play between disabled and non-disabled children at events
· Benjamin Saunders, £1000 to purchase new music for the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme.
· Linzi Saunders, £750 to support Pavilion's young people's The Follies of Youth, in a history and community project excavating a lost Japanese garden in Otley.
Reeve, £750 to fund conservation work by the
Edward Royle, £100 to support the publication of a study
of The Great
Lomax, £1000 towards the festschrift in honour of the late Dr Terry Friedman
whose 30 year career was spent at
Dolf Mogendorff on behalf
of the Sinai Players, £1030 to support their performance of a new musical,
· Jane Anthony, £1500 to support an English language production of Mozart's The Magic Flute by Young Opera Group.
· Hazel Costello, £250 to support the Otley Science Festival Family Science Fair.
· Jillian Johnson on behalf of the School of Music, the University of Leeds, £750 to support a performance of Peter and the Wolf by the Orchestra of Opera North in their 'Family Concert' series.
During the year the Society published a 48 page
As before, we have continued to enjoy a good
relationship with the staff of the Museums, to whom we are most grateful for
their collaboration. It has been helpful that Mr
meetings have continued to be held in the Museum. The Museum’s arena again provided a splendid theatre for our ‘pre-bonfire night spectacular’.
The Museums Committee, comprising representatives from the Council and the Leeds Museums Service, has met twice in the course of the year and provides a valuable meeting place to discuss collaboration in the planning of events and the best use of grants for supporting the museum.