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Lecture Notes 2016-2017


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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 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.

John Goodchild

We are saddened to learn of the death of John Goodchild, peacefully at home, on the 6th January. A Vice President of our Society, John will be a most tragic loss to local history, given the extensive breadth and depth of his knowledge.

John's funeral will be on Tuesday 31 January 1pm, at Westgate Unitarian Chapel.

coming events

Our next Society meeting is a joint one with Wakefield Civic Society.
Thursday 19th January 2017, Kingswood Suite, Wakefield Town Hall
Transports of Delight: travels on the Orient Express and other stories about trains.
Kevin Trickett, President of Wakefield Civic Society
Please note change of day and venue

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Wakefield Council, with Wakefield Historical Society, Wakefield Civic Society and Leeds Beckett University as partners, this project will explore the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed over the years. Wakefield Historical Society is undertaking the training of participants to do historical research on Wood Street, and also training people to record people's memories. More information: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield


A summary of the Society's meeting on 14th December 2016, Wood Street: the Heart of Wakefield, led by Phil and Pam Judkins has been added to: Lecture Notes

Reports on the visit to the new West Yorkshire History centre on 23 November, has been added to the Recent Events page.

Information recently added to the News page:

Sharing memories of Coal Nationalisation in 1947 at the National Coal Mining Museum

Lunchtime Talk at Pontefract Museum about Tanshelf Pottery

Cannon hall secures Lottery money for park and gardens

CBA Annual Symposium, 4 February

New book 'Yorkshire Collieries 1947-1994'

Information for 2017 about the Local and Family History Networks at Wakefield and Ossett

New book about Alice Bacon MP (1909-1993), born in Normanton.

New book to celebrate 50 years of the Red Shed, the home of Wakefield Labour Club





















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