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.


Becoming a member of the Phil & Lit gives you a chance to learn about a wide range of topics and enjoy the company of others with an endless appetite for knowledge. Being part of this Society, now in its third century, connects you to its heritage and helps to ensure that it continues to thrive.

Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Special member-only events and lectures
  • Free and discounted publications
  • A free copy of the Society’s Annual Review
  • Opportunity to join the Council
  • Information about the lectures, concerts and other cultural activities supported by the Society
  • An invitation to the dinner and lecture which follow the Annual General Meeting
  • Help shape the future of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society as well as and the City of Leeds
  • A chance to enter the fiendishly challenging annual Christmas quiz

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