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.

Yorkshire – devolution or division?

A talk exploring the relationship between central and local government in the UK’s largest county

Yorkshire has roughly the same population as Scotland. Yet Scotland has a high level of devolution whereas Yorkshire does not. What would it mean if the 22 local authority areas that make up Yorkshire were to have a ‘One Yorkshire’ devolution deal? How might it affect the nearly five and a half million people who live within the boundaries of an area that comprises more than eleven per cent of the land area of England?

Michael Meadowcroft, journalist and author specialising in British politics as well as honorary secretary of the Phil & Lit, will explain where this idea came from, how it’s been shaped up, where it’s going and what the pros and cons could be.

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