THE LEEDS PHILOSOPHICAL AND LITERARY SOCIETY LIMITED
186TH ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2005-2006
The Council presents its report and financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2006. The financial statements comply with current statutory requirements and with the requirements of the Society’s memorandum and articles.
The Society is a company limited by guarantee governed by its memorandum and articles of association. Membership is open to anyone on payment of an annual subscription of £18 which is due on 1 October each year. Only those members who have paid or have been elected to Honorary Membership are entitled to vote at the AGM.
STRUCTURE, GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT
The members of the Council are considered to be both directors for Companies Act purposes and trustees for Charities Act purposes. One third of the members of Council retire by rotation at each Annual General Meeting (normally held in December), when appointments or reappointments are made. The Council has powers to co-opt to its membership. Membership of the Council takes into account the need to have members with expertise to cover the variety of activities of the Society.
All members of the Society are notified prior to the AGM of the names of the Council members who are due to retire and are invited to submit nominations. Of the Council members who retired at the AGM held on 8 December 2005, Dr Pickering did not seek re-election and Dr Jakeways, Dr Lydon and Professor North were reappointed. Dr Edward Reed was co-opted by the Council when it met on 19 January 2006.
The Officers of the Society are elected by and from the members of Council at the first meeting of Council following the Annual General Meeting; at the Council meeting on 19 January 2006, Professor Seaward was re-elected as President, Dr Lydon as Secretary and Professor North as Treasurer; Dr Hatton was elected as Vice-President.
Council met on six occasions during 2005-2006. Parts of its business were delegated to the following committees: Grants, Events, Museums and Publications, chaired by Dr Hatton, Dr Jakeways, Professor Seaward and Mr Hirschmann respectively. These committees are required to act in accordance with the Society’s Objects and Policies, and their recommendations are put to the Council for its approval.
Mr Norman Madill was re-appointed as Assistant Secretary, managing the Society’s links with its members, the sale of its publications, and other necessary administrative matters.
THE SOCIETY’S OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES
The Society is an educational charity, whose principal objects are ‘To promote the advancement of science, literature and the arts in the city of Leeds and elsewhere, and to hold, give or provide for meetings, lectures, classes, and entertainments of a scientific, literary, or artistic nature’. In furtherance of these objects the Council’s policy has been to disburse its income as follows by:
· providing grants for purposes of research, publication, or artistic performance
· awarding prizes
· providing a programme of public lectures relevant to the Society’s objectives
· supporting the work of Leeds City Museums & Galleries
· supporting other activities in Leeds of a scientific, literary or artistic nature.
In making grants to promote the advancement of the Society’s objectives, the Council places particular emphasis on (but does not limit its grants to) support for citizens of Leeds engaged in academic and scholarly activities, especially those relating to Leeds and its immediate area. It does not normally give grants in general support of students on taught courses. The value of grants is normally in the range £100 to £2,000, although this limit may be exceeded in special circumstances. The Council is keen to support new endeavours by the award of ‘pump-priming’ grants.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE
During the 2005-2006, session the Society continued its recent successes in fulfilling its aims as listed above, including a growing number of artistic and scientific events for members and non-members as detailed below. During the year the Society lost 5 members through resignation or death and welcomed 14 new members, so that at the end of September 2006 the total number stood at 141.
The Society offered a varied programme of events throughout the year:
· An Evening with Prof. Neill Alexander, preceded by dinner
· Pre-Bonfire Night Spectacular (Mike Hoyland)
· The New Pevsner City Guide to Leeds (Susan Wrathmell)
· Priestley Lecture: “Three Men who have not discovered Black Holes” (Prof. Ian Lawrie)
· ULITA Exhibition: Patterns of Culture – Decorative Weaving Techniques (Prof. Mike Hann)
· AGM, Dinner and Speaker: “The BBC of the Future” (Tamsin O’Brien)
· “The Mediæval Manuscripts in Leeds University Library” (Dr Oliver Pickering)
· “Journalism: A First Draft of History or Tomorrow’s Fish and Chip Wrappings?” (Martin Wainwright)
· “21st Century Leeds: Making a Book about the Contemporary City” (Dr Rachael Unsworth)
· Science Fair in ‘The Light’
· Tour of the Leeds Library (Geoffrey Forster)
· Lecture/Visit to the Thackray Museum (Joanne Stewardson)
· Visit/descent of Gaping Ghyll (led by Prof. Dennis Wray)
· “The Black Prince and City Square: Art, Politics, and Patronage in Leeds” (Melanie Hall)
· Building a Steam Engine from Scratch: Tornado – visit to see the new class A1 in Stockton followed by visit to the Bowes Museum
· Visit to Harewood Gardens and House (Karen Lynch and Susan Kellerman)
Prizes and Grants
During the year the following prizes and grants were awarded by the Society:
· Arthur Chadwick Prize (University of Leeds): Clare Gough
· Modern Language Prize (University of Leeds): Keir Simon Howie
· Towards costs of printing catalogue for Brangwyn exhibition, Leeds City Art Gallery
· Support of publication costs of poetry collection Shell Island by Ian Parks
· Photography of historical physics instruments in the University of Leeds
· Support of publication of Biography of Jacob Kramer by David Manson
· Preparation of interactive CD of the Leeds mummy by Thomas Small
· Support of Leeds Lunchtime Concert series
· Support of publication of Rayner Heppenstall Guide
· Towards costs of ‘Arts to Share’ project
· Support of University of Leeds Choral Composition competition
· Support of University of Leeds Alumni Recital Series
· Prizes for ‘Peace Poetry’ Competition
· Publication costs of History of Methodism in Woodhouse by Colin Dews
· Publication costs of Religion & Place in Leeds by John Minnis, jointly with English Heritage
· Schools education pack for ‘Celebrate Leeds 2007’
· Support of Unlimited Theatre Company production of TANGLE
· Publication of compilation of History of Medicine lectures given at the Thackray Museum
· Towards costs of publication of The Leveller poems by Tony Griffin
· Support of LEEDSLIEDER+ festival programme
· Support of participation of local schools in the Shakespeare Schools Festival
The Society published the second edition of the highly successful Building Stones Heritage of Leeds by Murray Mitchell.
The Society continues its active involvement (together with the Friends of the Leeds Museums, the Thoresby Society, and the Leeds Civic Trust) in the planning and the development of the Leeds Institute building as the New Central Museum, and the preservation and conservation of our national heritage in auxiliary archives and resource centres.