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, 2014



                                                            Pre-Bonfire Night lecture and demonstration, by Mike Hoyland and Matt Smithson

                                                            Unfortunately this annual event cannot take place this year, due to the unavailability of the two presenters.


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

                                                            and polymath.


                                                            In Mill Hill Chapel, City Square, Leeds.  N.B.  Starting at 7.00 p.m. – tea/coffee will be available for the 20 minutes before.


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.                    



Recent events


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, starting at 7.00 pm.


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


Wednesday 4th December 2013         AGM and annual dinner;  speaker:  Professor Anthony Ogus:  Operatic experiences: then and now


Tuesday 19th November                     The 2013 Joseph Priestley Lecture:  Ben Franklin – Priestley’s American counterpart.   Dr Peter Maw.


Thursday 31st October                        Pre-Bonfire Night lecture and demonstration, by Mike Hoyland and Matt Smithson.


Thursday 17th October                        Military paintings      John Evans


Thursday 19th September                   A natural history themed Road Show, organised jointly with Leeds City Museum (at the Discovery Centre)


Tuesday 23rd July                               Summer visit – to Rochdale Pioneers Museum and Lyme Park


Thursday 20th June                             Life in crystals: the Bragg centenary                        Professor Tony North and Dr Arwen Pearson


Thursday 16th May                             The physics of music              Professor Peter Main


Thursday 18th April                            A talk on the Fountains Abbey Estate, by Michael Ridsdale


Saturday 23rd March                           Science Fair, at Leeds City Museum, from 11.00 a.m.


Thursday 21st March                          “An evening with … Mark Hearld”  (a York-based artist)


Thursday 21st February                      Through the cooking glass: the wonderland of flavours and aromas                 Professor John Bradley


Thursday 17th January                        Haiti – heraldry, history and a touch of voodoo            Malcolm Lobley