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


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


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


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


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


Thursday 23rd June                 Modernising local government – the devolution agenda                  Professor Colin Mellors         At Leeds Civic Hall




Recent Events


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