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Lecture Programme 2018-2019

Lecture Notes 2018-2019


Recent Events

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Coming Events

Summer Excursions

Discover Wakefield's History

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Friends of Chantry Chapel

The Gissing Trust


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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 Summer Excursions in June are a visit to Highways England North East Control Centre on 9 June, and a coach excursion to Shandy Hall in Coxwold and Sion Hill Hall in Kirby Wiske on 20 June.

Information about the summer exhibition at the Gissing Centre, and opening times has been added.

Information recently added to the News page:

Free talks at West Yorkshire History Centre in June

Sessions to learn about the history of St Andrew's Parish Wakefield

York Festival of Ideas

University of York Open Lectures, Summer Term

Royal Armouries anniversary of Cloth of Gold in 2020, re-creating a Tudor helmet

Programme for the Yorkshire in History group based at Manygates Education Centre

Peterloo: the Massacre, its Background and its Aftermath, Saturday 8th June 2019: Wakefield Labour Club

Play: Difficult Women 28 & 29 June, Mechanics' Theatre, Wood Street, Wakefield

Event at Chantry Chapel: Performance by Leeds Waits.

Festival of Archaeology 13 - 28 July 2019, website open for registration and information about events

































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