Promoting science & the arts and supporting the city of Leeds since 1819
380 grants since 2002
£275,000 in grant awards since 2002
204 years of history
4th oldest Phil & Lit Society in England
We’ve been going over 200 years, but we’re up to date
The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society is a charity whose purpose is ‘To promote the advancement of science, literature and the arts in the City of Leeds and elsewhere, and to hold, give or provide for meetings, lectures, classes, and entertainments of a scientific, literary or artistic nature.’
Welcome to the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society.
Light, Camera, Optics!
Widening the scope of research about seeing and understanding - with Professor Gordon Love, University of Leeds
Defoe’s account of ‘the populous and wealthy West Riding’ in 1724
A contemporary enquiry into a mysterious textile manufacturing success - Dr Stephen Caunce
Honorary Life Memberships awarded
Contributions of long-serving members recognised
Featured projects & stories
Join us and help shape the future of the society
Become a member for:
- Special member-only events and lectures
- Free and discounted publications
- A free copy of the Society’s Annual Review
- Opportunity to join the Council
- Annual membership £25 per year
- Free membership for under 25s
The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organisations in support of cultural and scientific activities which increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area. It also supports local museums and galleries and publications relating to the city.
Since 1819, the Phil & Lit has been inviting the people of Leeds to hear from knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. Many are leaders in their field of science, arts or current affairs. We also hold an annual Science Fair and organise occasional visits.