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.

2011 Annual Review

Includes Reports on Society Events and Grant-funded projects for the year end: 2011

Reports of Events held during 2011

  • Boomerangs
  • The Calendar
  • Phyllis Bentley – Yorkshire Writer
  • Annual Science Fair
  • Sugar Island
  • Biological Approaches to Providing Alternative Energy: Prospects and Problems
  • Stop worrying – radiation is good for you
  • Jazz and all that: rondo à la Meadowcroft
  • John Smeaton, F.R.S. (1724-1792)
  • Summer Visit to Renishaw Hall
  • The Role of Lichens in Shaping our World
  • The Public Engagement with Science
  • The Annual Pre-Bonfire Night Spectacular
  • The Case of Wentworth – the Georgian Battle of the Follies
  • AGM dinner and talk

Reports on Grants received during 2011

  • History of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society
  • A web presentation of historical physics equipment held by the University of Leeds
  • International Symposium and UK premiere of the first act of Taneyev’s opera “Oresteia”
  • Leeds Haydn Players
  • The provision of new staging for the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall
  • The Otley Festival Family Science Show
  • The Crossing
  • Northern Ballet Archive Exhibition
  • Yorkshire Youth Choir Spring Residential Course
  • The Bragg Notebooks held at the Royal Institution 

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