During the 2001-2002 Session the Society continued its recent successes
in fulfilling its objectives, including organising a growing number of
artistic and scientific events for members as detailed below.
During the year the Society welcomed 15
new members, so that at the end of September 2002 the total number stood at
118 (an increase of
the year). We urge members to make an effort to bring the Society and its
activities to the attention of their potentially interested friends and
Bangs and Flashes,
2 November 2001. Our now traditional pre-Bonfire Night occasion featuring
academic chemists and pyrotechnicians Mike Hoyland and Vladimir Volkovitch
with their explosive double-act again attracted an audience of a hundred or
more, of all ages.
Going, Gone, 16 November 2001. In association with the City Museum’s exhibition on
endangered species, the Society sponsored a lecture by Professor Kevin Gaston
of the University of Sheffield, in which he illustrated the devastating
effects of human beings on bird life in the islands of the Pacific.
Annual General Meeting,
7 December 2001. The one-hundred-and-eighty-first Annual General Meeting of the
Society was held on Tuesday 7 December 2001 in University House.
As a token of their appreciation, Council members made a presentation to
Dr Richard Byrn on his retirement from Council. After the dinner, the
Vice-President welcomed the evening’s speaker, Nick Winterbotham, the then
recently-appointed Head of Museums and Galleries for Leeds, who spoke on
‘Making Sense of Museums’ and considered the impact of museums on young
on illustrated shell books, 27 February 2002 - a lecture by S. Peter Dance. This
was another lecture arranged to coincide with an exhibition at the Leeds City
Museum – an exhibition on molluscs organized by Adrian Norris, which
followed his sponsorship by the Society. Mr Dance described the unexpected way
in which the production of books describing shell collections led to the
development of techniques of book illustration.
master classes, 22 February, 1, 8 & 15 March 2002. This series of talks was given
by Neil Jackson, David Levitt, Jeremy Dixon and John Thorp, each describing a
notable local building, followed by a guided tour of the building.
9 March 2002. Representatives of the City’s science-based societies, from
the microscopical to the astronomical, provided another interesting day of
demonstrations and information.
Genes – is genetic science bad for us?,
11 March 2002. The Society was pleased to be associated with this lecture by
Professor Lord Robert Winston.
synthesis and the control of cell division,
13 March 2002. The Society contributed to the cost of this lecture by Dr Tim
Hunt. To a packed Conference Auditorium, he described the work which led to
his Nobel Prize for Physiology, and which has increased our understanding of
inherited disease and cancer.
Astronomers, 22 June 2002 - a lecture by Dr Allan Chapman, organised jointly
with the Leeds Astronomical Society.
22 July 2002. This evening excursion started at the Canal Basin near the Dark
Arches, and continued through the lock system almost to Thwaite Mill, and
provided a magical and different view of Leeds in the evening sunshine.
Emma Millington received the third and final tranche of the Society’s University
of Leeds Research Scholarship for her research undertaken in the School of
Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Ronald Grigg FRS. The Arthur
Chadwick Memorial Prize was awarded to Katherine Evans of the School of
Biology and the Modern Languages Prize
to Mr Adedayo Ajibade of the Department of East Asian Studies.
2001-02 individual grants were awarded by the Society to:
The Lotherton Hall Schubert Residency
The Rodley Nature Reserve Trust to
cover the costs of a promotional leaflet
The Buildings Books Trust towards the
costs of a symposium entitled ‘ Nikolaus Pevsner and the Architecture of
Professor Graham Barber towards the
costs of producing a video record of the restoration of the Schulze organ at
St Bartholomew’s Church, Armley
Professor Neil Jackson towards the
costs of a series of public master classes on recent Leeds buildings
Professor Neil Jackson to support an
exhibition of Students’ project work at the RIBA Design Centre on Woodhouse
Dr Stephen Muir towards the costs of
preparing a new critical edition for publication and performance (in Leeds) of
Dvorak’s 1874 opera Tvrde palice
The Thoresby Society to assist in the
establishment of a ‘Local History Week’
Karen Lynch in support of research on
houses and gardens in Yorkshire
Dr Rachael Unsworth towards the costs
of cartography in connection with research into the development of the Leeds
Professor Griselda Pollock towards the
costs of providing bursaries for speakers at the CongressCATH.
Thomas Small for work on an interactive
CD-ROM based on the Leeds Mummy in the City Museum
Dr Krista Cowman to support a visit to
New York in connection with research on Mary Gawthorpe
Dr Richard Howells to support a visit
to Memphis in connection with research on Louis Le Prince
2001 the Society published The Yorkshire
Union of Artists, 1888-1922 by Dennis Child. The launch of the book
coincided with an exhibition, ‘Yorkshire’s Finest – a Celebration of the
Yorkshire Union of Artists 1888-1922’, at Cartwright Hall, Bradford. There
have been no other publications during the year, but work has proceeded on the
preparation of The King’s Mills,
Leeds: The History and Archaeology of the Manorial Water-Powered Corn Mills,
by Stuart Wrathmell of the West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, and John
Goodchild, which is due to be published in December 2002.
edition of the Society’s successful publication The
Building Stones Heritage of Leeds (1996) is planned for 2006/07.
As well as
publishing its own works, the Society’s policy is to support, through
grants, publications of other bodies or individuals which meet the Society’s
objectives of promoting studies which relate to aspects of Leeds and its
region. These publications are then distributed to the Society’s members.
This year the Society’s Council agreed to increase by 75% its subvention to
the Leeds Museums and Galleries Review. Unfortunately, despite that
support, no issue of that journal has been published this year. Copies of A
Taste of Leeds by Peter Brears (1998) were however distributed to members
in autumn 2001.
Publications Committee has revised its page on the Society’s website and has
taken the opportunity to decrease the prices of several older publications.
These have also been offered to members at an even greater discount. There is
a link to the Society’s site from ‘Books for academics’, a website www.booksforacademics.com
which brings together small publishers of academic books. Several copies of
the Society’s publications have been sold through the web this year.
The present developments regarding the new museum look very promising. In the summer we heard that the City’s Heritage Lottery bid had passed its first (and major) hurdle, and the City has been invited to submit detailed proposals for the next round. We have been told that the Lottery Commission commented explicitly on the level of popular support for the Museum, and on the joint document submitted by LPLS and the three other interested local societies. We therefore consider this venture to be successful, and that this document clearly served its major purpose. We are now engaged in a series of detailed discussions with the Head of Museums and Galleries, Nick Winterbotham, members of the Museum staff, and representatives of the other societies. We are discussing the way in which the Leeds Institute building will be adapted, and how the material will be displayed. We are especially eager to support and encourage the Museum to undertake some of the more large-scale and spectacular displays which have been proposed.