The Leeds Philosophical
and Literary Society
Registered Charity  224084   Company Registered in England  177204   

Registered Office:  c/o Leeds City Museum, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 8BH


N.B.  The dates and times of some events may have to be changed;  please contact the Hon. Secretary, Dr. John Lydon (0113 3432874 or 0113 2785596) to confirm the details shown below. 

Lectures will be held at 7.30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. 


Events programme, 2018


Some events remain to be finalised;  at present the programme is:



Thursday 22nd February          Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum:  Robert Woosnam-Savage:  The killing of Richard III.    2.00 p.m., at the City Museum.


Saturday 17th March               Science Fair.  At Leeds City Museum.  11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Thursday 22nd March              Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum:  Stuart Wrathmell:  Excavations at Kirkstall Abbey Guest House.   2.00 p.m., at the City Museum.


Wednesday 11th April             An evening talk, with dinner:    Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds.         7.00 for 7.30 p.m., at University House


Thursday 28th June                  A year in the life of Rodley Nature Reserve                 Peter and Barbara Murphy      At University House.      



Thursday 18th October            Surgeons that manhandle pipettes (on brain surgery)             Ryan Matthew                        At University House.




Recent Events


Thursday 18th January             Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum:  Professor Stephen Mobbs:  Volcanic disruption of air travel: can we do better?  2.00 p.m., at the City Museum.




Thursday 7th December           AGM & dinner, from 6.00 p.m.   Talk by Bobbie Millar, on the Yorkshire Quarry Arts            At University House.


Thursday 23rd November        The annual Priestley lecture – this year on Erasmus Darwin.   Given by Professor Jonathan Powers, of Derby University.     At Mill Hill Chapel, City Square.     


Thursday 19th October            The science of three-person babies     Professor Eric Blair                 At University House


Thursday 21st September        William Gascoigne (1612-1644) Leeds astronomer (how a spider put Leeds at the forefront of the scientific revolution)   by David Sellers    At University House


Monday 10th July                    Summer outing to Derby – visiting the Rolls-Royce aero-engine works and Kedleston Hall                                        


Wednesday 14th June              Air quality: a silent killer                     Professor Matthew Evans                   At University House


Thursday 18th May                  Emily Meynell Ingram of Temple Newsam and Hoar Cross              James Lomax              At University House



Thursday 20th April                 Yorkshire capabilities portrayed: portraits by Georgian artists of the Yorkshire landscapes designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown          Patrick Eyres   At University House


Saturday 18th March               Science Fair.    At Leeds City Museum, 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Thursday 16 March                 An evening talk, with dinner:  Professor Colin Mellors: Modernising local government – the devolution agenda.  6.30 for 7.00 p.m., at University House.


Thursday 23 February             Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum:  John McGoldrick on Armley Mills.  2.00 p.m., at the City Museum


Thursday 19th January             Afternoon talk, jointly with the City Museum:  Lucy Moore on Women in Leeds 1914-1918.  2.00 p.m., at the City Museum




Monday 5th December            AGM and annual dinner, followed by talk given by Professor Edward Royle, on the Great Yorkshire election of 1807

                                                            At University House, from 6.00 p.m.


Thursday 24th November        This year’s Priestley lecture, given by John Heyderman, with the title: Infinite power and infinite being – Spinoza’s God and human selfhood.  In Mill Hill Chapel


Thursday 20th October            Preserving Britain’s Antarctic Heritage          Camilla Nichol

                                                            At Leeds Civic Hall


Thursday 22nd September        A Very Dangerous Work - Sir Gilbert Scott and the restoration of Ripon Cathedral            David Winpenny         At Leeds Civic Hall


Monday 18th July                    Summer outing: a visit to the National Glass Centre and the Anglo Saxon Church of St Peter, both in Monkwearmouth;  and to Arbeia, the Roman Fort and Museum at South Shields  


Thursday 19th May                  The life of pioneering scientist William Astbury – the man in the monkeynut coat                  Dr Kersten Hall           At Leeds Civic Hall


Thursday 21st April                 Four centuries of natural history books in the Leeds Library             Martin Watts               At the Leeds Library


Saturday, 9th April                  Introduction to the “Treasures of the Brotherton” exhibition, by Laura Wilson.  Parkinson 10.30 a.m.  Court, Leeds University


Saturday, 2nd April                  Science Fair.    At Leeds City Museum, 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Thursday 10th March               Fifty active years after fifty: an evening with Professor John Fisher. Talk, with dinner; at University House.


Thursday 25th February           William Sterndale Bennett – the man and his music               Dr Stephen Muir         At the Music Department, University of Leeds



Thursday 28th January             Thomas Dunham Whitaker - his books, his library and his legacy                 Andrew Morrison          At Leeds Civic Hall