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Lecture Programme 2019-2020

Lecture Notes 2019-2020


Recent Events

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Coming Events

Summer Excursions

Discover Wakefield's History

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Westgate Research Group

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Wakefield Historical Society welcomes all those with an interest in history both on a local level and more widely. We aim to promote knowledge of the area's past and raise awareness of local heritage.  

We offer a programme of winter lectures and summer excursions, provide talks and organise conferences. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, a quarterly newsletter and a Society Journal containing original research.  Activities for members include participating in themed projects and historical research.

Our next lecture on 8th April had been cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Our Summer Excursions Programme for 2020 has also been cancelled. I
f it is possible to provide visits later in the year, we shall inform our members. Hopefully we shall be able to offer the same excellent programme in 2021

Information about the Wakefield Council Westgate Heritage Action Zone, and the buildings and yards that it covers has been added to Westgate Research Group.

A brief account of the meeting on 'William the Conqueror and the Harrying of the North' on Wednesday 12 February has been added to Recent Events.

A report of our lecture on 11th December The Borough Waits and Their Music, by Leeds Waits has been added to Lecture Notes 2019-2020

Information recently added to the News page:

Talks by Phil Judkins and Ken Rowley for the Yorkshire in History Group on 4th March

Events at West Yorkshire Archives

Premiere of 'Clara', TV drama about Clara Clarkson

Reading the Past: free online 16th and 17th century handwriting guide

The Buildings of Tudor and Stuart Wakefield: new book by Peter Brears with details of how to obtain a copy

Talks and exhibition at Leeds Central Library

The 2020 programme of meetings at South Leeds Archaeology




































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