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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.

Coming events

Our next Summer Excursions are a coach excursion to the British Library at Boston Spa and to Lotherton Hall on 22nd September, and a 'make-your-own-way' visit to Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre on 29th September. For more information and a downloadable booking form please see: Summer Excursions (Please note that these are for members of Wakefield Historical Society and their guests only.)

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Find out more about our present project which explores the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed there over the years: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

New Lecture programme 2017- 2018

Our first lecture of the season is on Wednesday 13th September: The plight of human fortune and the pitilessness of death: The Black Death and the Church in Yorkshire, 1349 by Gary Brannan, Access Archivist, Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York.

In the spring and summer of 1349, up to 40% of the population of Yorkshire suddenly died. The arrival of pestilence - sometimes called the Black Death - caused one of biggest social and demographic shifts the north has ever seen. But how did they affect people on a personal level? Using the original will of a local clergyman and previously unexamined archives kept by the Archbishops of York, we will take a very personal look at the impact of mass mortality in Yorkshire. Spanning the Russian Steppes, the ghosts of Naples and the windswept coasts of Yorkshire, this talk will illustrate the devastating effect of plague, and the opportunities that lay beyond for the survivors.

Details of our varied programme of lectures from September 2017 to April 2018 are now published:
Lecture programme


An account of the Society's exhibition and talks at The Hepworth for Heritage Open Days has been added to Recent Events

Information recently added to the News page:

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day, Saturday 18th November 2017, Showroom Cinema Sheffield

New programme for the Local and Family History Network, Ossett and Horbury Group

Wakefield Cathedral "Conscience and Conflict" Walk 27 September

National Coal Mining Mueseum is seeking volunteers.

The Wars of the Roses abridged: Chantry Chapel 29 September

The James Paine festival at Doncaster Mansion House, 7th October

Heritage Brickwork Repair Course 25-27 September Pontefract

Information sought by Wakefield Rotary Club with reference to their centenary

Exhibition at Leeds City Museum: Skeletons: Our Buried Bones, 22 Sept – 7 Jan 2018

























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