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.

2020 Annual Review

Includes Reports on Society Events and Grant-funded projects for the year end: 2020

Society Events in 2020

  • Dr Dan Franks The evolution of menopause in resident killer whales
  • Professor Mark Harris Hot Topic: Update on the recent outbreak of a novel Coronavirus: Perspectives on the virus and public health
  • Dr Christine Holdstock History of dyes from Ancient Egypt to Leeds
  • Annual Science Fair in the Leeds City Museum
  • Professor Nicola Stonehouse The Search for a Coronavirus Vaccine
  • Professor Wendy Webster Europeans in Britain in World War II
  • Professor Gareth Williams Edward Jenner – the Man Who Changed the World
  • AGM (virtual meeting held via Zoom)

Reports received during 2020 on Grants awarded by the Society

  • Rudi Leavor’s Cantata ‘Enosh’ [‘Mankind’]
  • Leeds; a Biographical Dictionary
  • The Seven Hunters
  • Friends of University Art and Music (Leeds) 30th Anniversary Appeal
  • The Downy Birch Copse Project
  • Leeds Baroque 20th Anniversary Concert Season
  • Commission by the Leeds Festival Chorus of a new work by Jonathan Dove
  • MathsWorldUK outreach activities
  • The Headingley Postie
  • Lady Gascoigne’s war medals
  • Rodley Nature Reserve – The First Twenty years
  • Thomas, Lord Darcy and the Tudor House of Temple Newsam 

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