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.

2013 Annual Review

Includes Reports on Society Events and Grant-funded projects for the year end: 2013

  • Legal and Administrative Information
  • Report of the Council
  • Annual Accounts
  • The year’s Finances at a Glance
  • List of Presidents
  • List of Members

2013 – an important Leeds Centenary

  • The Bragg Centenary and the fruition of molecular biology
  • The Birthplace of X-ray Crystallography
  • The University of Leeds Bragg Centenary Lecture –Quasi-periodic materials

The Harrison Clock in the City Museum

Other Society Events in 2013

  • Haiti: heraldry, history and a touch of voodoo
  • Through the Cooking Glass – the wonderland of flavours and aromas
  • An Evening with Mark Hearld
  • The history and present state of the Fountains Abbey Estate
  • Sound: Music and Physics
  • Summer visit to the Rochdale Pioneers Museum and to Lyme Park
  • Natural History-themed Roadshow 31 Military Paintings
  • Priestley Lecture: Ben Franklin, Priestley’s American Counterpart
  • AGM dinner and talk – Operatic experiences: then and now

Reports on Grants received during 2013

  • 9th Leeds Peace Poetry Competition
  • Post-Medieval Gold Seal Matrix
  • The Papers of Mary Gawthorpe
  • John Atkinson Grimshaw’s watercolour ‘A View of Leeds from Woodhouse Ridge’
  • Music and the Idea of the North
  • Enhancing the virtual home of the Museum of History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Leeds
  • Red Book for Armley House – Humphry Repton
  • International conference ‘Richard Wagner’s Impact on His World and Ours’
  • Portfolio of 9 prints by Karen Babayan
  • Roundhouse, Student-Led Journal
  • Friends of Leeds Baroque
  • Leeds Lieder+ Festival – Education Programme
  • Otley Science Festival Family Science Fair
  • Young Opera Venture tour of Opera Appetizers
  • Yorkshire Live Music Project
  • Securing and Developing the Collections of the University of Leeds Zoological Museum 

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