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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.

Wakefield Waterfront Project

Wakefield Waterfront has a long and fascinating history. The Aire and Calder Navigation, and the Calder and Hebble Navigation once provided a transport link that was vital to Wakefield's prosperity. The Waterfront was a hub of industry, lined with mills and warehouses, maltings and other businesses. The aim of our project is to research this history with the help of the local community.

You can now watch a film put together during the project. It follows the changes over time on the Waterfront and includes recording of people's memories of living and working on the Waterfront in the past:
Please see our dedicated website: Wakefield Waterfront

coming events

Our next lecture in the 2014-2015 programme will be on Wednesday 8th October: Servants nowadays are so inconsistent... Uncovering the social history of Nostell Priory in the eighteenth century. 7.30pm, Chantry Chapel, Wakefield

Please note a change of venue for the 10 December lecture which will now be at the Orangery, Back Lane Wakefield, WF1 2TG

The next summer coach excursion is on Wednesday 17th September to Kiplin Hall and Northallerton. Details are on Summer Excursions. (Excursions are only available for members of the Society and their guests)


See Recent Events to learn about the visit to Welbeck Abbey and Tickhill Parish Church on 15th August.

Please check the News page for information on:

Local and Family History Networks at Wakefield and Ossett

13th-21st September: Beverley Georgian Festival

18th September: The Marriage Bed of King Henry Vll, Wakefield Civic Society

20 September - 9 May 2015: Great War Centenary, Saturday talks at the Bankfield Museum

Study Days at Abbey House Museum, September/October

20th September 2014-15th January 2015 Leeds Museum: Roman Empire: Power & People

Autumn Lectures, Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford

11 October: Transforming the City of York: archaeological evidence from the Norman Conquest to the local plan

14 October: Comrades of Conscience: Conscientious objectors in the First World War, Westgate Chapel

18th October: Day Conference, Malton Museum, The Romans in Ryedale and Beyond
























































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