The Leeds Philosophical
and Literary Society
Registered Charity  224084   Company Registered in England  177204   

Registered Office:  c/o Leeds City Museum, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 8BH


N.B.  The dates and times of some events may have to be changed;  please contact the Hon. Secretary, Dr. John Lydon (0113 3432874 or 0113 2785596) to confirm the details shown below. 

Lectures will be held in the School of Music, University of Leeds at 7.30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.


Events programme, 2015            


Thursday 17th September       Paul Ehrlich and the invention of modern medicines            Professor Richard Bushby, in connection with the 100th anniversary of Paul Ehrlich’s death


Thursday 22nd October           Where there's muck, there's brass - Pirie resurrected   Tony Abramson


Thursday 29th October            Pre-Bonfire Night lecture and demonstration – Mike Hoyland and Matt Smithson

[date & details to be confirmed]                    At Leeds City Museum


Thursday 19th November        Annual Priestley lecture – will be on the discovery of photosynthesis. [date & speaker to be confirmed]                At Mill Hill Chapel


Thursday 10th December        AGM  and dinner, followed by a talk:  The Roman site of Aldborough (near Ripon) by Professor Martin Millett.    At University House




Recent Events


Wednesday 15th July              Summer visit to Lincoln


Thursday 18th June                 Anne Clifford’s Great Books              Professor Jessica Malay


Thursday 21st May                  John Fowler and his Steam Plough Works    Derek Rayner

At Armley Mills and in connection with their special exhibition on ‘The Life and Work of John Fowler of Leeds’.  Please note that there is no lift access to the lecture theatre at Armley Mills.


Friday 17th April                     An evening with Timothy Noad: talk with dinner, at University House. 


Thursday 19th March              Leeds’s forgotten Modernist – John Clifford Procter               Janet Douglas

Saturday 14th  March              Science Fair, at Leeds City Museum.  11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Thursday 19th February          Firework displays       Dr Tom Smith

Thursday 22nd January           What is life and how did it begin?     Dr Terry Kee




Wednesday 3rd December                  AGM, in University House;  and annual dinner: speaker:  Daru Rooke:  The Haunted Castle: a photographic tour of 19th century Cliffe Castle, Keighley.

            6.30 p.m.


Thursday 20th November                    The 2014 Joseph Priestley lecture, jointly with the Leeds Library and the Priestley Society:  Ben Russell: James Watt, engineer

                                                            and polymath.

                                                            In Mill Hill Chapel, City Square, Leeds. 


Thursday 16th October                        “An evening with …  Mike Green”.  Dinner, followed by a talk:  Berkeley Moynihan – surgeon, soldier, statesman (his contributions

                                                            to the Great War)      In University House.


Tuesday 23rd September                     Woodbine Willie: an unsung hero of World War I            Bob Holman


Saturday 6th September                      A natural history road show at the Discovery Centre, jointly with the Museum Service


Friday 18th July                                  Outing to Quarry Bank Mill and Jodrell Bank


Thursday 19th June                             Natural tissue scaffolds – off the shelf tissue transplants      Professor Eileen Ingham


Thursday 22nd May                             The Vale of York Hoard in its Viking context                        Professor Joyce Hill


Thursday 10th April                            John Atkinson Grimshaw event: 

                                                            6.00 p.m.  Plaque unveiling, in St George’s Field, by Mary Ferriss

                                                            6.30 p.m.  Reception and mini-exhibition in the University Art Gallery, jointly with the Art Gallery

                                                            7.30 p.m.  John Atkinson Grimshaw              talk by Eveleigh Bradford, in the University Music Department


Thursday 20th March                          Protein folding: nature’s origami                 Professor Sheena Radford


Saturday 15th March                           Science Fair, at Leeds City Museum.  11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Thursday 20th February                      Meccano         Jim Gamble


Thursday 23rd January                        Putting Harrison in his place:  a lecture on the Harrison clock                        Dr Richard Dunn