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Wakefield Waterfront

The Road to Fotheringhay


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

The Society conducted a project during 2013-2014 to research the history of Wakefield Waterfront with the help of the local community. You can now watch a film put together during the project. It follows the changes over time on the Waterfront and includes recordings of people's memories of living and working on the Waterfront in the past. More information on our dedicated website: Wakefield Waterfront

coming events

Our first summer excursion is on Wednesday 13th May to Salford Quays. Please note that these excursions are only available for Society members and their guests. Please see: Summer Excursions

The last of John Goodchild's series of talks on
Railways around Wakefield is on 29th April, at 2pm, Westgate Chapel


Notes on the talk about Charles Waterton by John Whitaker of Wakefield Museum on 8th April appear on: Lecture Notes

A new article by Kate Taylor: Entertainment in some of Wakefield's public houses and inns. Find out where you could have watched cock-fighting, played bagatelle or dominoes, or listened to a Polyphon in the past.
see: Discover Wakefield's History.

Recently added to the News page:

The Wakefield Waterfront Project and the HistoryPin website

Gott Memories? - Have Your Say Event arranged by students at the University of Huddersfield at the Hepworth onSaturday, May 2, 2015 10:30am to 15:30

Roman Catterick, 70 years of rescue 70 years of research - talk at Thornton-le-Street, 24 April

Conference: Princes of the Church and their Palaces, 30 June-4 July, Auckland Castle

A new book: - Going Underground by Stephany Leach, a study of the human archaeological remains in Yorkshire caves

Summer Public Lecture Programme from the University of York

Dearne Valley Archaeology Day on 30 May

Events commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at Pontefract

Events at Brodsworth Hall

Heritage events at Yorkshire Sculpture Park during the Spring and Summer

A new family and local history website for Horbury and Ossett

Railways around Wakefield, talks by John Goodchild on 15, 22 and 29 April 2015





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