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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.

NEW: 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

The next summer coach excursion is on Friday15th August to Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire. Details are on Summer Excursions. (Excursions are only available for members of the Society and their guests)

Our monthly lecture programme for 2013-2014 has now finished, the first of the autumn lectures in the 2014-2015 programme will be on the 10th September; details will appear later.


A new series of talks by historian and archivist John Goodchild, Aspects of Medieval Wakefield, take place on 9th, 16th and 23rd of July at the registry of Deeds, Newstead Road, Wakefield.
More information: West Yorkshire Archives.

See Recent Events to learn about the boat trip on the Calder and Hebble Navigation on 24th June and the talk by Dr Joanna Laynsmith on 14th June about Cecily Neville, the widow of Richard, Duke of York

Please check the News page for information on:

22nd and 23rd July: Wakefield Historical Society Events for Festival of British Archaeology

17th -24th July: Events to celebrate Aldborough Museum's 150th Anniversary

1st-3rd August: Crigglestone WW1 weekend

2nd August: Europeana 1914-1918: The WW1 Collection Day at the British Library, Boston Spa.

4 – 24 August 2014: Opportunities for Excavation at Star Carr.

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

The Gott Collection of historical drawings of Yorkshire has been digitised by the Hepworth and is now freely available online.
































































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