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.

2016 Annual Review

Includes Reports on Society Events and Grant-funded projects for the year end: 2016

Society Events in 2016 

  • Thomas Dunham Whitaker – his books, his library and his legacy 
  • William Sterndale Bennett 
  • Fifty active years beyond fifty An evening with Professor John Fisher
  • Science Fair 2016 
  • Treasures of the Brotherton: A Visit to the New Gallery
  • Four Centuries of Natural History Books in the Leeds Library 
  • William Astbury – The Man in the Monkeynut Coat 
  • Summer visit to Northumbria 
  • Sir Gilbert Scott and the Restoration of Ripon Cathedral 
  • Preserving Britain’s Antarctic Heritage 
  • Infinite Power and Infinite Being: Spinoza’s God and the Human Soul 
  • AGM and The Great Yorkshire Election of 1807

Reports received during 2016 on Grants awarded by the Society 

  • The ‘Drink with a Chimp’ project 
  • ‘Yorkshire Capabilities: The Yorkshire Landscapes of Capability Brown’ 
  • Crowheart – an interactive drama adventure for years 4, 5 and 6
  • Leeds Lieder Festival 
  • The Peerson Project – recording the Mottects or Grave Chamber Musique (1630)
  • Storytelling walks telling the history of Carriageworks Theatre 
  • Acquisition of Viking Ring for Leeds Museums and Galleries 
  • Capability Garden Plan for Temple Newsam 
  • Surprising Lives: a trail through Beckett Street Cemetery 
  • Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla mounts
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • The Language of Saris, Launch of the Alchemy Book Collection (ABC) 
  • & the Inaugural Peter Hirschmann Salon
  • Undream’d Shores: musical project exploring Leeds’s industrial heritage & migration 
  • Victorian Chatelaine: Emily Meynell Ingram of Temple Newsam and Hoar Cross 
  • A fly-through of the first White Cloth Hall, Leeds, as it looked in 1711.
  • Bringing the Aftermath Dislocation Principle Riot Tour 2016 by Jimmy Cauty to Leeds
  • Shoddy: a textile / disability arts project in Leeds 
  • MathsWorldUK Outreach Activities in Leeds:MATRIX conference 

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