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.

2017 Annual Review

Includes Reports on Society Events and Grant-funded projects for the year end: 2017

Society Events in 2017 

  • Lucy Moore Women in Leeds 1914-1918 
  • John McGoldrick Armley Mills
  • An evening with Professor Colin Mellors 
  • Modernising Local Government The Devolution Agenda
  • Annual Science Fair in Leeds City Museum 
  • Patrick Eyres Yorkshire Capabilities Portrayed: Portraits by Georgian artists 
  • of the Yorkshire landscapes designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 
  • James Lomax Emily Meynell Ingram of Temple Newsam and Hoar Cross
  • Professor Matthew Evans Air Quality: A Silent Killer 
  • Summer outing: visits to Rolls Royce Heritage Centre and Kedleston Hall, in Derby
  • David Sellers William Gascoigne (1612-44) Leeds Astronomer: 
  • How a Spider put Leeds at the forefront of the Scientific Revolution
  • Eric Blair The Science of three-person babies 
  • Annual Priestley Lecture: Jonathan Powers Erasmus Darwin 
  • AGM and Bobbie Millar Quarry Arts 

Reports received during 2017 on Grants awarded by the Society 

  • Beaver taxidermy
  • John Duggan workshop programme – Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme 
  • The Choral Works of Hans Gál 1890–1987: Performances and a Recording
  • The Remember Oluwale Writing Prize 
  • Creative writing sessions with people with autism 
  • Leeds Peace Poetry competition 2016
  • Professor Barker’s Peruvian Expedition film of 1926
  • Gold Signet Ring
  • Leeds Baroque website
  • Essays for The Tetley’s exhibition programme
  • Northern Short Story Festival
  • Horsforth Town Council: public education for Dementia Awareness week
  • The Cave: a Stoneage Mystery
  • Thomas Arne’s Alfred 

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