During the 2002-2003 Session the Society continued its
recent successes in fulfilling its objects as listed above, including a
growing number of artistic and scientific events for members as detailed
below. During the year the
Society welcomed 11 new members, so that at the end of September 2003 the
total number stood at 123 (an increase of 5 over 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 colleagues.
has continued to offer a varied programme of events. We have had lectures on
Renaissance printing, Henry Embleton (the local sponsor of large-scale choral
music and patron of Elgar) and on current cosmic ray research in Argentina.
popular pre-bonfire night spectacular attracted an audience of 350.
members and guests came to the AGM and dinner.
Science Fair again brought together exhibitors from local science-based
societies and interested members of the public for a day of demonstrations and
discussions. We look forward to the time when this can be held in the new
Museum and attract a larger audience.
This year we
have had two coach outings. For
the first, postponed from summer 2002, we were welcomed by the Whitby Literary
and Philosophical Society who gave us a tour of their museum and library.
The second coach outing visited the recently reopened masterpiece of
Victorian industrial architecture, the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire. Our
involvement with local conservation groups was extended with a guided tour of
the Rodley Nature Reserve. In a new venture we had an ‘Evening with Donald
Nicholson’, the ‘inventor’ of metabolic pathways in Biochemistry. This consisted of a meal in University House followed by a
talk about Donald’s remarkable life. The
occasion was so successful that we plan to have meetings with a similar format
2002-03 the Arthur Chadwick Memorial
Prize was awarded to Emily O’Connor, School of Biology, and the Modern Languages Prize to Cecilia Bullock, Joint Honours in Chinese
and Economics. This year the
Society replaced The University of Leeds Research Scholarship with The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Research Scholarship,
open to students from the United Kingdom for study at any of the
universities and higher education colleges in the Leeds area.
The scholarship is intended for new research students undertaking a
full-time or part-time Masters or Doctoral degree on a topic associated with
Leeds or its immediate area. Unfortunately
only two applications were received, neither of which was eligible for the
award. The scholarship will be
offered again next year.
extensive publicity the number and quality of applications for grants have
improved this year but, despite that, the Grants Committee was not able to
spend its full allocation, mainly owing to the dearth of suitable applications
for the Research Scholarship. During
the year individual grants were awarded by the Society to:
The Thackray Medical Museum
towards the design costs of the illustrated guide to the Beckett Street
The School of Music, the
University of Leeds, towards the performance by the Edinburgh String Quartet
of ‘Papillon’ by Nick
Caswell, the winner of the Society’s Millennium String Quartet Prize
The University of Leeds
towards the costs of printing the catalogue for the ‘Africa and beyond’
exhibition in the University of Leeds Gallery
The Cyprus College of Art
towards the costs of a book by Norbert Lynton on the former Leeds painter
Leeds Museums and Galleries
in support of the Young Artists Concert Series at Lotherton Hall
Mandy Sutter towards the
costs of research associated with her Leeds-based novel
Leeds Art Collection Fund
towards the publication of a two-volume book on Leeds Pottery by John D
The Leeds International
Medieval Congress to assist with the payment of bursaries
Jessica Yorke towards the
expenses of research on John Atkinson Grimshaw
Jane Wheeler towards the
expenses of research on the environmental resources of Rievaulx and Bilsdale
The Chapel Allerton Arts
Festival towards the costs of a poetry reading
Ilkley Literature Festival
to support the African Visions event
Professor H Allen Brooks
for a lecture on the architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Nina Kane towards the
expenses of research to develop a
new theatre-based performance for life-drawing audiences and gallery spaces
under the banner of ‘Cast-Off
Barry Tebb towards
preliminary work on an anthology of the Gregory Fellow poets.
the end of the year the Council authorised a grant to Leeds
Museums and Galleries towards its purchase of the Egyptology collection
formerly belonging to Aquila Dodgson, a former Secretary of the Society,
subject to the purchase being successfully concluded.
The Society issued one
publication during the year 2002-03: Stuart
Wrathmell and John Goodchild’s The
King’s Mills, Leeds: the History and Archaeology of the Manorial
Water-Powered Corn Mills, which was launched at the Society’s AGM in
December 2002. It is an attractive 60-page booklet with a full-colour cover.
As usual, the Society also
supported, through grants, the publication of works by other bodies or
individuals which fit with the Society’s stated charitable objectives. The
following were supported in this way, and distributed free to members of the
Sylvia M. Barnard and Penny
Wainwright, Surprising Lives: A Trail
through Beckett Street Cemetery (Leeds, Thackray Museum, 2002);
Leeds Museums and Galleries Review, 4, 2001-02, the three preceding issues of which have also all
been supported by the Society;
53, 2003: the Society has been
pleased to enable the continued publication of this long-standing Yorkshire
Antonia Lovelace and
Deborah Snow, Africa and Beyond: the Anthropology Collection of the University of Leeds
(Leeds, the University Gallery, 2003): catalogue
of an exhibition to which members were invited;
Lynton, Stass Paraskos (Mitcham,
Orage Press, 2003): a study of the Cyprus-born painter, who studied at Leeds
College of Art.
year, the city's stage-1 lottery bid for the development of the Leeds
Institute building as the new central museum was successful. We were gratified to hear that the document produced by the
Society in conjunction with three other local societies (the Friends of the
Leeds Museums, the Thoresby Society, and the Leeds Civic Trust) had been a
significant factor in the eyes of the Lottery Commission when coming to their
year, the focus has been on stage 2. This involves submitting more detailed
plans for the external and internal aspects of the museum and for the contents
and layout of the galleries.
the past year the ‘Four Societies’ have been involved in a series of
discussions with the architects, designers and museum staff.
There are of course many shades of opinion as to the style and function
of the new museum, and each of the societies has its own distinct viewpoint.
However, we agree on what we see as the major issues and, together with the
Thoresby Society and the Friends, your Society has submitted a document laying
out our comments on the latest proposals from the designers.
Our vision is of a museum which will be more than a 9am to 5pm gallery containing material displayed in glass cases. We see a building which is alive with activity, where there will be lectures, meetings and discussions every night of the week and at weekends. We see a building that will not only be the hub of the museum service but will be a social focal point of the City.