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Lecture Programme 2019-2020

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Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

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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 the 13th November, 7.30pm is: Civilian and military prisoners of Lofthouse Park Camp near Wakefield, 1914-1919 by Claudia Sternberg, project leader of ‘Legacies of War and lecturer and at University of Leeds. This will be in the Old Restaurant in the Town Hall.
Lecture Programme for winter 2019-2020.

A report of our lecture on 11 September by Gaynor Haliday has been added to Lecture Notes 2019-2020

News from the Gissing Trust, reports of our October meeting, the talks for Heritage Open Days, and the conducted walk on the Waterfront have been added to Recent Events

A new book review has been added: YORKSHIRE V.C.s by Alan Whitworth

Information recently added to the News page:

Blue Plaque unveiling for John Goodchild

Wakefield Socialist History Group, 12 October

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day

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

Research into early miniature railway locomotive built at Heath

Autumn programme for South Leeds Archaeology

Public courses at the University of York, 2019-2020


































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