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.

2012 Annual Review

Includes Reports on Society Events and Grant-funded projects for the year end: 2012

Reports of Events held during 2012

  • Can protein-like gels be used to cure back pain?
  • Colonel North the “Nitrate King”
  • The Genius of Michael Faraday
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
  • Bringing the past to life
  • The Welfare State: Past and Present
  • Female Pharaohs
  • Summer Outing to Standedge Canal Tunnel, Red House and Oakwell Hall
  • An evening with Professor David Cooper
  • Annual Science Fair
  • Solar Energy – will we ever mimic the leaf?
  • Mike Hoyland’s ‘Pre-Bonfire Night Spectacular’
  • Dan Dare and L. Ashwell Wood
  • AGM dinner and talk – Diamond Chronicles – India & the West
  • The West Yorkshire Hoard

Reports on Grants received during 2012

  • Leeds Lieder+ 2011 – Educational Projects
  • Roscoe – a unique History
  • Building a great Victorian City
  • 19th century research on anthrax in West Yorkshire and the continent
  • Lotherton Hall Bird Garden Specimens
  • Exhibition on the Mexican business activities of Weetman Pearson (Lord Cowdray)
  • Exhibition marking the anniversary of the 1911 school strike in Leeds
  • Cleaning, re-articulation and mounting of Leeds City Museum’s Moa skeleton
  • Yorkshire Youth Choir Spring Residential Course, April 2012
  • Wentworth Castle & Georgian Political Gardening: Jacobites, Tories & dissident Whigs
  • Carol Ann Duffy – An evening of poetry and music
  • Otley Science Festival Fair
  • Amy’s Last Dive – a new opera by Cheryl Frances-Hoad 

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