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. For more information please see our dedicated website: Wakefield Waterfront
Our next lecture is Wednesday 11th December, Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm
'As the York Mystery Plays are to the City of York so the Towneley Plays are to the City of Wakefield' true or false?' by Peter Meredith, Emeritus Professor of Medieval Drama, University of Leeds.
More information: Lecture Programme
A summary of the lecture on 13th November, Northallerton: the Evolution of a County Town by Jennifer Allison has been added to Lecture Notes
A report on the Symposium and Launch of the 1812-13 Wakefield Court Rolls on 23rd November has been added to Recent Events. A summary of the meeting on the 27th November about the Lowe Hill Archaeology Project has also been added to this page.