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Hull Literary and Philosophical Society


During August Holy Trinity will be hosting a  display telling the story of the Hull Literary and Philosophical Society - the 'Lit & Phil.' Founded in 1822 at a time when the Enlightenment was generating an enthusiasm for scientific discovery, the Lit & Phil was intended to educate and inform its members.

The first President was Dr John Alderson, whose statue stands outside the Royal Infirmary, and the Vice-President was local customs officer Charles Lutwidge, grandfather of 'Alice in Wonderland' author Lewis Carroll.

The display tells the story of the Lit & Phil, and follows its development of Hull's first public museum and its attempts to bring university education to Hull for the first time in the form of university extension lectures.

It also looks at The Royal Institution, which the Lit & Phil built as its Albion Street home in 1853 and which was destroyed in the Hull Blitz of 1941. The Lit & Phil still thrives and members hope that telling the story of the Society's part in the history of the City will attract new members to carry it forward to its two hundredth anniversary in 2022

Earlier Event: August 1
Summer Painting Day
Later Event: August 29
Summer Painting Day