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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, provide talks and organise conferences. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, a quarterly newsletter and a Society Journal containing original research.  Activities for members include participating in themed projects and historical research.

Coming events

Our next Summer Excursion is Wednesday, 13 June:Burnley - Morning at the Weavers' Triangle and afternoon at Towneley Hall and Park. For information about these and other excursions and a booking form please see: Summer Excursions. Please note these are only open to members of the Society and their guests.


The visit to the Mental Health Museum on the 14th May, the excursion to Hartlepool on 17th May and the talk about the Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield Project given to Wakefield and District Family History Society on 5th May are described on the Recent Events page.

A new publication: 'Guide to Historic Buildings in Wakefield' is now available to purchase.
More information: Publications

Find out about the 'Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield, Celebration Event', held on 10th March, and the banners now up and flying!: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield.

A summary of the talk on 11 April, Object Voices, by Cara Sutherland about items at the Mental Health Musem can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018:

Information recently added to the News page:

Update on the re-opening of Calderdale Archives (Halifax)

Guided walk of Wood Street area Wednesday, 23rd May

York Festival of Ideas 5 - 7 June

Workshops for 'Forgotten Women of Wakefield'

England's Places photographic collection now online

Updated programme for the Local and Family History Network for the Wakefield Group

Exhibitions and events at Leeds Library: Celebrating the centenary of some women getting the vote, the death of Richard 111 and the Mysterious Photographs of Godfrey Bingley.

New telephone numbers for all West Yorkshire Archives centres.



























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