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.
Lecture Programe Our next lecture is on 9 December 2015, 7.30pm Chantry Chapel.
A Winter's Tale by Peter Taylor, looking at Wakefield now and then.
Lecture Programme 2015-2016
Meetings with Elizabeth Pente, a PhD student from Huddersfield University who is researching Public History and Regeneration, are described on: Recent Events
A summary of the lecture on 14th October, Local Newspapers, appears on Lecture Notes 2015-2016
Recently added to the News page:
Wakefield Grammar School Foundation Lecture Series on the Great War in 2016
Requiem Mass for Richard Duke of York, 30 December 2015
Report about the annual listing of buildings and archaeological sites at risk in our area.
The new programme for the Wakefield and Ossett Local and Family HistoryNetworks
The development at Bretton Hall
The sale of Wentworth Woodhouse