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.

The Priestley Lecture 2020. Edward Jenner: a man who changed the world

The 2020 Priestley Lecture is sponsored by the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, The Leeds Library and Mill Hill Chapel. Professor Gareth Williams discusses the life and work of Jenner and his impact on the science of vaccination. This is extended into modern infectious disease eradication programmes such as smallpox as well as the prospects for development of effective COVID vaccines.


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the future of the society

Become a member for:

  • Special member-only events and lectures
  • Free and discounted publications
  • A free copy of the Society’s Annual Review
  • Opportunity to join the Council
  • Annual membership £25 per year
  • Free membership for under 25s

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