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2011 July 4th Lecture

[25th Jun 2011]
Blog » 2011 July 4th Lecture

This year's July 4th lecture will be at Heckmondwike Grammar School. The theme will be Heckmondwike's Priestley Heritage, with a talk by Alan Dronsfield and with a display in the Library. A powerpoint flyer is available for the event here.

Attendance is free, and all are welcome.

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Upcoming Priestley Day & Society AGM

[5th Mar 2011]
Blog » Upcoming Priestley Day & Society AGM

On Sunday 13th March the Priestley Society will be having its annual AGM and celebrating Priestley Day. There will be talks starting at 2pm at Mill Hill Chapel in Leeds City Square, followed by refreshments and the Society's AGM. All are welcome to this free event. A powerpoint flyer is also available here.

The programme for the day is as follows:

2pm
Introduction
Geoffrey Forster: Priestley Society and Leeds Library
“Priestley’s Leeds”

2011 International Year of Chemistry
Alan Dronsfield: Royal Society of Chemistry, Historical Group
“Priestley’s Laughing Gas”

Les Woodcock: Priestley Society and University of Manchester
“Priestley’s theories: blood, body and soul”

2011 250th anniversary of Priestley’s first publication “Rudiments of English Grammar”
Norman Rose: Priestley Scholar PhD University of Birmingham
“Priestley’s Impact on Education in England: 250 years on”

4.00pm
Teatime with light buffet refreshment and/or Priestley’s favourite tipple “Madeira Wine”

4.30pm
Priestley Society AGM (agenda available here)

5.00pm
Discussion: closing summary

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Pond Building Refurbished at Joseph Priestley House

[6th Dec 2010]
Blog » Pond Building Refurbished at Joseph Priestley House

In a previous news item we detailed the history of Joseph Priestley House, and mentioned new plans to renovate the Pond Building there. This item was based on a talk Ron Blatchley gave to the Priestley Society earlier this year. We are now pleased to report that refurbishments are complete, and the area shall be used as a meeting place and for exhibitions.

An article about the newly refurbished Pond Building appeared in Sunbury, Pennsylvania's 'The Daily Item' and can be read here.

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Leeds Library Annual Priestley Lecture 2010

[7th Nov 2010]
Blog » Leeds Library Annual Priestley Lecture 2010

This year the Leeds Library Priestley lecture will be given by Geoffrey Forster and is entitled. "Joseph Priestley and the Leeds Library". Geoffrey is the Librarian at the Leeds library and a founder member of the Priestley Society.

The Lecture will take place at Mill Hill Chapel, City Square, Leeds on Wednesday 24th November, 7.30pm

A pdf flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

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