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.
Wakefield Waterfront Project
Wakefield Waterfront has a long and fascinating history. The Aire and Calder Navigation, and the Calder and Hebble Navigation once provided a transport link that was vital to Wakefield's prosperity. The Waterfront was a hub of industry, lined with mills and warehouses, maltings and other businesses. The aim of our project is to research this history with the help of the local community. For more information please see our dedicated website: Wakefield Waterfront
A new page has been added to the Wakefield Waterfront website: Find out about our research
Our next lecture is Wednesday 12th March, Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm
AGM followed by members describing their research on the Waterfont.
More information: Lecture Programme
A summary of the Society Meeting on 12th February Old for New: Fifteen Years of Archaeological Discoveries in the Wakefield District by Pam Judkins has been added to Lecture Notes
Please check the News page for information on:
The launch of a new website dedicated to deserted medieval villages on 10th March
“Women in Archaeology”,a day conference in York on 15th March
Opportunities to volunteer at Conisborough Castle excavations, (closing date 16th March)
CBA members’ trip to Standedge Tunnel in May
Dearne Valley Archaeology Day in May
Residential course on Armour in August
YAS opportunities to take part in archaeological excavations
Free day conference examining the history and archaeology of Roman and Early Medieval York and Yorkshire through discussion of its coinage in June.