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Wakefield Waterfront

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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.

More information on our dedicated website: Wakefield Waterfront

coming events

Our next lecture in the 2014-2015 programme will be on Wednesday 12th November, Joseph Rhodes: Local and Global, by Kate Taylor 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


See Recent Events to learn about the talk by Cyril Pearce on 14th October: Comrades of Conscience

Please check the News page for information on:

23rd October: Wakefield Archives have been awarded £3.9 million for the new archive on Kirkgate.

World War One and the West Yorkshire Historical Environment Record

29 October: The Write to Conscience, Wakefield Library

Newsletter from West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service

Local and Family History Networks at Wakefield and Ossett

23-26 October, Harrogate History Festival

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