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.
Two new Summer Excursions have been added: a coach excursion to Doncaster Mansion House and Brodsworth Hall, and a 'make your own way' guided tour of Wakefield Cathedral. Please see: Summer Excursions (Please note that these are for members of Wakefield Historical Society and their guests only.)
Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
Did you work or live in Wood Street? Do you have interesting stories or anecdotes about the shops, pubs, or the bank there? Perhaps you worked in the Town Hall or at the Law Courts? We are seeking people who would be prepared to be informally interviewed about their experiences or to come for training in conducting oral interviews. Please contact us, we would be pleased to hear from you.
More information: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
Information has been added about guided walks by Wakefield Civic Society for the Wood St: Heart of Wakefield project.
An account of the excursion on on 8th June to Durham Town Hall and Brancepeth Castle and church has been added to Recent Events
There is information about the new exhibition at the Gissing Centre
Information recently added to the News page:
Events at the West Yorkshire History Centre
Talks at Leeds Central Library in July
Royal Archaeological Institute's conference, York from 17 - 19 November Arras 200 – Celebrating the Iron Age
Conference on Medieval Rotherham (includes the bridge chapel) 8th July
The story of Pablo Fanque's Circus, event in York
The HOW project - the history and heritage of Walton
Wakefield Cathedral to mark the First World War Centenary with a new project
New website about historical pageants which includes the Wakefield pageant of 1933
Lottery funding for Kirklees Archives project to move to Heritage Quay in Huddersfield