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 at 7.30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.  The remainder of the programme for 2016 is being arranged;  some alterations to the details shown below may be necessary.


Events programme, 2016


Thursday 20th October            Preserving Britain’s Antarctic Heritage          Camilla Nichol

                                                            At Leeds Civic Hall


Thursday 24th November        This year’s Priestley lecture will be given by John Heyderman, with the title: Spinoza’s nature and Priestley’s “Source of infinite power”.  The lecture, at 7.00 p.m. in Mill Hill Chapel, is being given on the anniversary of Spinoza’s birth in 1632.


Monday 5th December            AGM and annual dinner, followed by talk given by Professor Edward Royle, on the Great Yorkshire election of 1807

                                                            At University House, from 6.00 p.m.



Recent Events


Thursday 22nd September        A Very Dangerous Work - Sir Gilbert Scott and the restoration of Ripon Cathedral            David Winpenny         At Leeds Civic Hall


Monday 18th July                    Summer outing: a visit to the National Glass Centre and the Anglo Saxon Church of St Peter, both in Monkwearmouth;  and to Arbeia, the Roman Fort and Museum at South Shields  


Thursday 19th May                  The life of pioneering scientist William Astbury – the man in the monkeynut coat                  Dr Kersten Hall           At Leeds Civic Hall


Thursday 21st April                 Four centuries of natural history books in the Leeds Library             Martin Watts               At the Leeds Library


Saturday, 9th April                  Introduction to the “Treasures of the Brotherton” exhibition, by Laura Wilson.  Parkinson 10.30 a.m.  Court, Leeds University


Saturday, 2nd April                  Science Fair.    At Leeds City Museum, 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Thursday 10th March               Fifty active years after fifty: an evening with Professor John Fisher. Talk, with dinner; at University House.


Thursday 25th February           William Sterndale Bennett – the man and his music               Dr Stephen Muir         At the Music Department, University of Leeds



Thursday 28th January             Thomas Dunham Whitaker - his books, his library and his legacy                 Andrew Morrison          At Leeds Civic Hall




Thursday 10th December         AGM  and dinner, followed by a talk:  The Roman site of Aldborough (near Ripon) by Professor Martin Millett.    At University House, from 6.00 p.m.



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

                                                At Leeds City Museum


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


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


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