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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 and organise talks and short courses. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, a quarterly newsletter and a Society Journal containing original research. 

Activities for members include historical and archaeological investigations and the transcribing and indexing of original documents.

kate Taylor


We understand that the memorial service for Kate Taylor will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday 26th September at 2pm. All are very welcome to join her family in this celebration of her life and works. The family would love to encourage as many people as possible to attend, although a reply to would greatly assist with refreshment numbers.

coming events

Lecture Programe
The first of our new season of lectures is on 9th September at Chantry Chapel, The Letters of Esther Milnes of Wakefield 1771-3
More Information: Lecture Programme 2015-2016

Summer Excursions. (Please note these are only open to members of the Society and their guests)
Our next summer excursion is on Saturday, 12th September; Thornes Park walk
This will be a further opportunity to see developments at the park with the Chair of The Friends of CHaT Parks, Ian Deighton and colleagues.

More information: Summer Excursions


Recent Events includes a summary of our visit on 15th August to Wilderspin National School at Barton upon Humber and Normanby Hall Country Park, and the visit to the Borthwick Institute for Archives at York University on 25th August

Lecture Notes now has summaries of John Goodchild's talks in April on Railways in the Wakefield Area

Recently added to the News page:

Talk by John Goodchild at Walton Hall on Charles Waterton on Monday 21 September

The Parish of Middlestown with Netherton World War 1 commemorations

Heritage Open Days 10-13 September









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