Society Publications

In achieving the Society's goal of educating the public on Priestley's life and legacy the Society has released two publications, both available from the Society.



Friends and Foes Front Cover

Joseph Priestley: Friends and Foes

by Keith Baker

On the 10th February 2009 the society announced on its website the forthcoming publication of a new book on Priestley, and at the Priestley Society's 2009 annual 4th July Priestley Lecture the Society released its latest publication 'Joseph Priestley: Friends and Foes', written by Keith Baker. The book tells the story of a remarkable group of people, both friends and foes, whose lives became entwined with Priestley’s during the Revolutionary era of the late eighteenth century. They include Benjamin Franklin, John Wilkinson, Anna Barbauld, Antoine Lavoisier, William Pitt, William Cobbett, the Presidents Adams and Jefferson, and several other remarkable characters.

The book also includes a Foreword by Professor J.D. Bowers of Northern Illinois University and is illustrated fully in colour.

The book is currently available and it costs £12.50, paperback, plus £2.00 p.p. Cheques need to be made to The Joseph Priestley Society

Please do not hesitate to contact either of the addresses below with any queries.

The book can be ordered from:



Front cover of the Priestley Society's second Publication, Joseph Priestley: Life and Legacy

Joseph Priestley: a celebration of his life and legacy

Read an extract of Life and Legacy

On the evening of March 13th 2003 a small group of well-wishers met in the Old Hall, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, Joseph Priestley’s boyhood home. The topic of discussion was how we might celebrate the bicentenary of the life and legacy of Priestley (Born 13th March 1733 in Birstall; died 6th February 1804 Northumberland Pennsylvania USA) It was resolved that the forthcoming 2004 Bicentennial would not pass unheralded, at least in West Yorkshire. This Bicentennial Commemorative Collection represents the culmination of those early deliberations, three years on, and summarises in a single Volume, the recorded contributions of many Priestley scholars, exhibitors and distinguished lecturers from the UK and North America.

This is a book of approximately 284 pages with over 200 images, many in colour. It covers all the bicentennial year celebrations. It contains lectures, illustrations and articles regarding Priestley's contribution to science, politics, education and religion and is a brilliant way to learn more about Joseph Priestley, and celebrate his legacy.

If you are interested in ordering 'Joseph Priestley: Life and Legacy' it costs £20 (+£4 postage UK) or $36 (+$16 postage US). For more information please contact us. To buy the book please send a cheque made to The Joseph Priestley Society with contact details to:

The Priestley Society
6 Thistley Court
Grimethorpe
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S72 7AZ