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.

Leeds Photographic Society 1852-2022

170 years of image making & photography, in Leeds & worldwide

A talk by Alan Parsons at the hall in NE Leeds where the LPS usually meets

Leeds Photographic Society, the oldest in the world, was founded in 1852, before even the Royal Photographic Society.

Activity of this early society picked up in the 1880s as major developments in camera technology opened up photography to a wider range of people. Members have always shared both the ever-evolving technology of photography and the images produced. Their programme continues to be a mix of illustrated talks, competitions and outings.

This talk, by the Society’s Competition Secretary Alan Parsons, will cover both the early days of photography and the history of LPS.

Amongst the founders was Leeds-born scientist Washington Teasdale (1830-1903) (pictured below), whose interests encompassed both microscopy and astronomy.

Alan Parsons joined the Leeds Photographic Society in 2019, having moved up to Leeds from Burton-on-Trent. He initially trained as an industrial designer but from just after the turn of the millennium has had his own marketing and design business, designing websites and printed literature for companies large and small including the NHS, Mappin & Webb, British Waterways, Nottingham University and many others.

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