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
An intriguing connection between LPLS and the Red Planet…???
A Martian sundial might well sound as if it has come straight from some fantasy, but Leeds astronomer and former President of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Charles Whitmell did actually once build such a device.
How Local Astronomer William Gascoigne Put Leeds at the Forefront of the Scientific Revolution – All Thanks to a Spider…
When William Gascoigne (1612-1644) died, whilst fighting for the army of King Charles I in the English Civil Wars, he seemed destined to be forgotten by history.
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.