Leeds – a biographical dictionary
We supported the publication of the first biographical dictionary of Leeds since 1865.
David Thornton received a Leeds Phil & Lit grant to support publication (2021) of the first biographical dictionary of Leeds since 1865. The retired head teacher compiled brief summaries of nearly 900 people. Some are famous, others less so. If they have a connection to Leeds, then they’re likely to be amongst the 340 pages of this volume, available via Beecroft Publications.
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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.
Since 1819, the Phil & Lit has been inviting the people of Leeds to hear from knowledgeable and entertaining speakers. Many are leaders in their field of science, arts or current affairs. We also hold an annual Science Fair and organise occasional visits. Becoming a member means that you’ll receive invitations to all these activities. In future, we plan to have a mix of real and virtual events.