Social Programme

Please pre-book all your social programme attendances when you complete your online registration booking

Sunday 2 August, 16:30 – 18:00, Welcome Reception, University Parkinson Court under the Tower on Woodhouse Lane and up the steps. (Registration from 15:00 – 18:00) (cost included in the registration fee)

Light buffet refreshment. Enjoy browsing and chatting around the exhibits in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery within the Court.  The great Burton tailoring empire, founded by Sir Montague Burton, offered high quality tailored suits at ‘off the peg’ prices.  Its vast Leeds factory, at its height, employed over ten thousand.  After World War II Burton was a major supplier of de-mob suits, and the phrase ‘The Full Monty’ may have originated as a description of these suits.  Stanley was one of the founder’s three sons, an enlightened philanthropist and a major University benefactor.  He helped the University establish the Gallery, which opened in 1970.  After his death, his wife Audrey paid for the extension and major refurbishment, transforming it into the present exciting space.

Following Audrey’s death in August 2008, the Audrey & Stanley Burton Charitable Trust selected works from the couple’s private collection as a gift to the University, and as a legacy that bears witness to their dedication to the arts.  Look out for major works by 20th century British painters and sculptors given by the Trust, including Stanley Spencer, William Scott, Terry Frost, Ivon Hitchens and F.E. McWilliam.  The Gallery is home to the University’s exceptional art collection, with many treasures, ranging from large seventeenth century heroines to 19th-century miniatures – hopefully something for everyone.

Tuesday 4 August, 17:30 – 19:30, Leeds City Museum Reception and the Joseph Priestley Memorial Lecture This will take place in the Brodick Hall of Leeds City Museum, on Millennium Square. (cost included in the registration fee) – Now subject to availability

Priestley was born in Birstall, near Leeds and became Minister at the Dissenting Mill Hill Chapel in City Square.  He developed a method of dissolving the “fixed air”, evolved from the fermenting liquids at the public brewery, in water. (In 1783 Johann Schweppe patented such a method of carbonating water).  He showed that both a mouse and a candle flame expired when kept in an enclosed jar, yet a sprig of mint continued to grow.  A mouse in the jar with a plant survived longer than a mouse without the plant.  He heated mercury calx with a burning glass and the evolved gas produced a bright candle flame.  When this gas was breathed by a mouse in a jar, it became more energetic.  Benjamin Franklin predicted these facts “will open up a new field of knowledge”.  Priestley moved to Birmingham, where demonstrations against Dissenters destroyed his home, library, and laboratory.  He supported the English ”Glorious Revolution”, independence of the United States, and the French revolution.  This did not make life easy, and in 1794 he settled in the United States, where he spent his last decade, a close associate of Adams and Jefferson. In Leeds he was involved in a philosophical society, the forerunner of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, the current Secretary of which, Dr John Lydon, will speak on “Joseph Priestley, Dissenting Radical, Revolutionary Chemist, and Pioneer of Combustion Science”.Light refreshments will be served, and after the talk in this beautifully restored Grade II listed building, delegates might like to dine at some of the interesting historic pubs in the city centre.

Wednesday 5 August, 14:30 – approximately 22:30, Excursion to York and the National Railway Museum. (cost included in the registration fee) – Now subject to availability

The city, situated on the River Ouse, has a rich Roman, Viking, and ecclesiastical history, with exquisite architecture, including the Treasurer’s House and York Minster and  tangle of quaint cobbled streets for delegates to enjoy exploring the city and its attractions.  Saunter across the river and through the City Walls, to arrive at the National Railway Museum at 19:00 for the Reception and Buffet in the Great Hall.  This is one of the greatest railway museums in the world, home to over 300 years of history and over a million objects.  The Great Hall houses world renowned locomotives, including the: Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive; the Japanese Shinkansen high speed ‘Bullet-Train’; King George V; the Evening Star, the last steam locomotive ever built for British Railways; the Duchess of Hamilton, a stunning piece of 1938-built Art Deco opulence that wowed design critics on both sides of the Atlantic.

Thursday 6 August, 19:00 – event concludes approximately 23:00, Colloquium Banquet, University Refectory, to be purchased in advance of the colloquium, at £55 per ticket – Banquet tickets no longer available to purchase. 

The Refectory is a renowned fun venue.  Here, The Who famously recorded ‘Live at Leeds’, and The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Bob Marley entertained thousands of students.  We too shall have music.  The cost is not included in the registration fee and your booking and payment should be made when you complete your online registration booking.  Additional tickets are available for accompanying persons.

Friday 7 August, 17:00 – 18:30 , Farewell Party, School of Mechanical Engineering’s Fifth Floor, (cost included in the registration fee)

The party will be immediately after end of the final day’s programme.

Please pre-book all your social programme attendances and book/pay for your banquet ticket when you complete your online registration booking

Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum

York Shambles

York Shambles

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

Refectory Banquet

Refectory Banquet