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.
New Summer Excursions have been added: a coach excursion to Hulll, City of Culture on 1st August and a 'make-your-own-way' visit to Leeds Civic Hall on 26th August. For more information and a downloadable booking form please see: Summer Excursions (Please note that these are for members of Wakefield Historical Society and their guests only.)
Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
Find out more about our present project which explores the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed there over the years.
More information: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
New Lecture programme 2017- 2018
Details of our varied and interesting lectures from September 2017 to April 2018 are now published:
Information has been added about guided walks by Wakefield Civic Society for the Wood St: Heart of Wakefield project.
An account of the excursion on on 8th June to Durham Town Hall and Brancepeth Castle and church has been added to Recent Events
There is information about the new exhibition at the Gissing Centre
Information recently added to the News page:
Events at the West Yorkshire History Centre
Events at Leeds Central Library in July
Royal Archaeological Institute's conference, York from 17 - 19 November Arras 200 – Celebrating the Iron Age
The HOW project - the history and heritage of Walton