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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.

Members: Subscriptions were due on 1st January, if you have not paid but intend to do so, please contact the Membership Secretary:

coming events

Lecture Programe Our next lecture is on Wednesday 10 February 2016, 'A Tale of Three Cities; Newcastle, Leeds and Wakefield'. The Brandlings: their activities as country gentry, colliery owners and in politics and local life.
Please note the venue for this meeting: Chantry Chapel, Wakefield, 7.30pm.


A summary of the talks given at the Society's meeting on 13 January 2016 in conjunction with Groundworks'
Kirkgate Calling project and the Civic Society appears on Lecture Notes 2015-2016. Brief information and a photograph of the event also appear on the Recent Events page.

A link to a new blog resulting from meetings with Elizabeth Pente, a PhD student from Huddersfield University who is researching Public History and Regeneration has been added to: Recent Events.

Recently added to the News page:

13 February Wakefield Socialist History, The Levellers and the Diggers

Conference: Finds from Roman York, Brigantia and beyond, 1-2 April, Kings Manor, York

Historic England: Listing post-war sculpture

History Research Seminars at the University of Huddersfield

new book: Captain Cook's Computer, The Life of William Wales FRS (1734-1798)













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