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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 is on 11 December when we welcome The Borough Waits and Their Music
Leeds Waits are the official civic musicians. This will be in the Old Restaurant in the Town Hall, 7.30pm.
Lecture Programme for winter 2019-2020.

A new page has been added to the website about the Archive Research Group which is conducting research on Westgate with reports on the meetings on 14th and 18th October.

A report of our lecture on 9 October by Phil Abramson on Barrows, Bunkers and Blue Streak Missiles: Archaeology on the MOD Estate has been added to Lecture Notes 2019-2020

Brief reports on the unveiling of a blue plaque to John Goodchild and the talk about Lofthouse Park Camp 1914-19 have been added to Recent Events

A new article has been added to Discover Wakefield's History about how the Pilgrimage of Grace and the Reformation affected Wakefield and the surrounding area.

Information recently added to the News page:

The 2020 programme of meetings at South Leeds Archaeology

Study Day dedicated to the late George Redmonds, Huddersfield, 23 November

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day 30 November

Discovery of a Wakefield 18th century seal in New York State

Research into early miniature railway locomotive built at Heath



































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