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.

About the Society

The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, founded in 1819, is a charity that promotes interest in science, literature and the arts – in the city of Leeds and beyond. We have meetings, lectures, entertainments, publications and visits.

2007 Annual Review

Includes Reports on Society Events and Grant-funded projects for the year end: 2007


The regular monthly events continued to be well supported and were clearly welcomed by those attending. The following events took place:

  • An Evening with Prof. Duncan Dowson, preceded by dinner
  • Pre-Bonfire Night Spectacular (Mike Hoyland)
  • AGM, Dinner and Speaker (Professor John Holman)
  • Furnaces and Fuel: New perspectives on the mediaeval and early modern iron-industry of Bilsdale and Rievaulx, North Yorkshire (Jane Wheeler)
  • Finding my feet as an MP (Greg Mulholland)
  • The Move to the Left in Latin America (Richard Gott)
  • Science Fair in ‘The Light’
  • Great Art: Great Stories (Edward Reed)
  • The Votes for Women Campaign 1905-14: Yorkshire’s Rebel girls (Jill Liddington)
  • Between the Poles (John Lydon)
  • Visit to Burton Agnes Hall and The Deep
  • The Arts of the Post Reformation Church (Professor Graham Parry)

Prizes and Grants

  • During the year the following prizes and grants were awarded by the Society:
  • Arthur Chadwick Prize (University of Leeds): Ryan Cawood
  • Modern Language Prize (University of Leeds): Annie Ring • Support of the Leeds Festival Chorus
  • Towards the George Baxter Exhibition at the Leeds Art Gallery • Towards the costs associated with a theatre play associated with Dorothy Squires and Maria Callas
  • Support of publication of biography of William Turton, Leeds tramways pioneer
  • Further support of interactive CD of the Leeds mummy by Thomas Small
  • Support of a study of the early history of the Society
  • Printing costs of four display panels in the Health Sciences Library of The University of Leeds
  • Towards the second phase of the dragonfly conservation project at the Rodley Nature Reserve Trust
  • Towards the Thoresby Society’s exhibition, The Borough of Leeds 1207-2007
  • Support of the Ilkley Literature Festival
  • Prizes for Leeds Peace Poetry Competition 2007 • Support of exhibition Form, Shape and Space at the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive
  • Towards the publication costs of Weighing the World: The Reverend John Mitchell of Thornhill
  • Towards costs of Arts to Share project
  • Support for the creation of IT software to catalogue the historical science, medicine and technology holdings of the University of Leeds
  • Support of Leeds Astromeet 2007
  • Support of the Wetherby Arts Festival
  • Towards the production costs of the satirical revue, Blackout, Blowout and Beyond by Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka
  • Towards the costs associated with a conference devoted to the music of Emmanuel Nunes


The Society had no publications of its own during the year. However, it supported the publication by the Thoresby Society of The Monuments of the Parish Church of St Peter-at- Leeds. The Society has entered into an agreement with EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, USA whereby the Society’s publications will be made available online.

Leeds Museums

The Society continues its active involvement (together with the Friends of the Leeds Museums, the Thoresby Society, and the Leeds Civic Trust) in the planning and the development of the Leeds Institute building as the new Museum, and the preservation and conservation of the museum collections. Members of Council have had the opportunity to visit the new Museum following its handover by the contractors to the Museum Service prior to the fitting out phase. Council members have been impressed with the successful modification of 

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