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.

24 September 2023

Honorary Life Memberships awarded

Honorary Life Memberships of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society have been awarded to Chris Hatton and Robin Jakeways by the Society’s Council. This is in recognition of the major contributions that they made to the Society over many years and in many roles.

Chris Hatton served with distinction as President (serving two terms) and as instigator and Chair of the Grants Committee, as well as making many other important contributions to the Society.

Robin Jakeways served with distinction as the founder and driving force behind the Events programme of the Society and the organiser and promoter of the annual Science Fair – perhaps our biggest and most successful public engagement event.

Chris and Robin each gave their commitment and support to Council for more than 20 years.

We wish Chris and Robin well and look forward to seeing them at future LPLS events.

Portraits of Robin Jakeways and Chris Hatton

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