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 


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

Members wishing to attend must book their place (30 per head) with Professor Richard Bushby ( by 8 April.


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.


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


Wednesday 15th July Summer visit to Lincoln [Details to be confirmed]


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


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