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 2017 is being arranged; some alterations to the details shown below may be necessary.
Events programme, 2017
Thursday 23rd November The annual Priestley lecture – this year on Erasmus Darwin. Given by Professor Jonathan Powers, of Derby University. 7.00 p.m., at Mill Hill Chapel, City Square.
Thursday 7th December AGM & dinner, from 6.00 p.m. Talk by Bobbie Millar, on the Yorkshire Quarry Arts At University House.
Some events remain to be finalised; at present the programme is:
Thursday 18th January Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum: Professor Stephen Mobbs: Volcanic disruption of air travel: can we do better? 2.00 p.m., at the City Museum.
Thursday 22nd February Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum: Robert Woosnam-Savage: The killing of Richard III. 2.00 p.m., at the City Museum.
Thursday 22nd March Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum: Stuart Wrathmell: Excavations at Kirkstall Abbey Guest House. 2.00 p.m., at the City Museum.
Thursday 28th June A year in the life of Rodley Nature Reserve Peter and Barbara Murphy At University House.
Thursday 18th October Surgeons that manhandle pipettes (on brain surgery) Ryan Matthew At University House.
Recent Events, 2017
Thursday 19th October The science of three-person babies Professor Eric Blair At University House
Thursday 21st September William Gascoigne (1612-1644) Leeds astronomer (how a spider put Leeds at the forefront of the scientific revolution) by David Sellers At University House
Monday 10th July Summer outing to Derby – visiting the Rolls-Royce aero-engine works and Kedleston Hall
Wednesday 14th June Air quality: a silent killer Professor Matthew Evans At University House
Thursday 18th May Emily Meynell Ingram of Temple Newsam and Hoar Cross James Lomax At University House
Thursday 20th April Yorkshire capabilities portrayed: portraits by Georgian artists of the Yorkshire landscapes designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown Patrick Eyres At University House
Saturday 18th March Science Fair. At Leeds City Museum, 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Thursday 16 March An evening talk, with dinner: Professor Colin Mellors: Modernising local government – the devolution agenda. 6.30 for 7.00 p.m., at University House.
Thursday 23 February Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum: John McGoldrick on Armley Mills. 2.00 p.m., at the City Museum
Thursday 19th January Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum: Lucy Moore on Women in Leeds 1914-1918. 2.00 p.m., at the City Museum
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.
Thursday 24th November This year’s Priestley lecture, given by John Heyderman, with the title: Infinite power and infinite being – Spinoza’s God and human selfhood. In Mill Hill Chapel
Thursday 20th October Preserving Britain’s Antarctic Heritage Camilla Nichol
At Leeds Civic Hall
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