The Leeds Philosophical
and Literary Society
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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 22nd September A Very Dangerous Work - Sir Gilbert Scott and the restoration of
Ripon Cathedral David Winpenny At Leeds Civic Hall
Thursday 20th October Preserving Britain’s Antarctic Heritage Camilla Nichol
At Leeds Civic Hall
Thursday 24th November This year’s Priestley lecture will be entitled Priestley and Spinoza. It will be held at 7.00 p.m. in Mill Hill Chapel - on 24th November, 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.
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.
October Pre-Bonfire Night lecture and demonstration –
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
Wednesday 15th July Summer visit to
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
Saturday 14th March Science
Thursday 19th February Firework displays Dr Tom Smith
Thursday 22nd January What is life and how did it begin? Dr Terry Kee