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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.

coming events

Our next Society meeting is on Wednesday 14 December, 7.30pm, Elizabethan Gallery, Brook St. Please note change of venue.
Wood Street: the Heart of Wakefield.
Learn about the HLF funded project the Society is undertaking with Wakefield Council who want to rescue the derelict Court House and explore the history of Wood Street. Contribute your memories over mince pies and wine. Led by Phil and Pam Judkins

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 talk on 9 November: Slavery in Yorkshire: The historical significance and reputation of Richard Oastler who launched the ten-hour factory movement to protect child labour in Yorkshire factories by Dr John A Hargreaves, 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:

Clayton Hospital and the Victorian Society

The future of Thornes Park

Closure of Kirklees Museums

Extension of the Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative

Conversion of Wakefield Market to a cinema and shops

Efforts to preserve Wentworth Woodhouse

Open lectures at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

The Requiem Mass for Richard, Duke of York on 30 December at Chantry Chapel





















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