The Manchester Lit and Phil was established in 1781 with the object of promoting the advancement of education and public interest in any form of literature, science, arts or public affairs.
We are a membership-based charitable organisation and our members play a key role in supporting the Society’s aims and in planning our lecture programme.
We set high standards in the subject choices of our lectures and our reputation is an important factor in attracting prominent speakers who are active in significant contemporary issues.
- We are proud of our history but respond to the changing world around us
- We strive to maintain the quality of all we do
- Members should take ownership of the society and make a valuable contribution to it
- We promote the value of education for all
- We celebrate diversity in all respects
- We see collaboration as a way of working
- We take a democratic, informed approach to the management of the society
- We treat members, staff and associates with respect and dignity
The management of the Manchester Lit and Phil is overseen by its Council. Council members are elected at the Annual General Meeting, usually held at the end of September, serve for two years, and are eligible for re-election for a further term. The principal officers of the Society are the President, who is elected for a two-year term, the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer.
The Society employs three professional members of staff who manage the day to day running of the Society.
In addition to the main Council there are four section committees, each being responsible for organising at least six lectures a year. These are:
→ Science and Technology
→ Social Philosophy
→ Young People
Council & Section Committee Members - 2020-2021