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.

2018 Annual Review

Includes Reports on Society Events and Grant-funded projects for the year end: 2018

Society Events in 2018 

  • Stephen Mobbs Volcanic disruption of air travel: can we do better?
  • Stuart Wrathmell Excavations at Kirkstall Abbey Guest House
  • Annual Science Fair in Leeds City Museum
  • Bob Woosnam-Savage The Killing of Richard III
  • An Evening with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, Sir Alan Langlands
  • Alaric Hall Tolkien in Leeds
  • Peter and Barbara Murphy A Year in the Life of Rodley Nature Reserve
  • Summer visit to Beamish Open Air Museum
  • Adrian Whitehouse The Under-Appreciated Burden of Viruses in Cancer 
  • Ryan Mathew Awake Brain Surgery – A Rubik’s Cube within a Rubik’s Cube
  • Annual Priestley Lecture: 
  • Joe Williams Wilson Armistead (1819-1868) – A story of religion and activism
  • AGM & Dinner – The Leeds Waits 

Reports received during 2018 on Grants awarded by the Society 

  • Drawings by Imtiaz Dharker
  • Thomas Chippendale Tercentenary Exhibition
  • Leeds Cradle of Innovation
  • On The Spot: The Yorkshire Red Books of Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardener 
  • William Gascoigne Plaque
  • Leeds PeaceJam Conference
  • Royal Armouries ‘The Mess’ 
  • St Peter’s Singers: Penthos Project
  • History of Leeds Pals Battalion
  • Performance of Twelfth Night at Home Farm, Temple Newsam Estate
  • Così fan tutt(i) at Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley 43 
  • MathsWorldUK outreach activities 

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