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
Our next lecture in the 2014-2015 programme will be on Wednesday 10th December, From a Yorkshire Glossary, the wonderful world of words, by George Redmonds, writer and author of many books on place names and surnames. Please note a change of venue, this lecture will be at the Orangery, Back Lane Wakefield, WF1 2TG
A summary of the talk on 8th October by Dr Julie Day ‘Servants nowadays are so inconsistent' has been added to Lecture Notes
The visit to the 'Roman Empire: power and people' exhibition in Leeds is described in Recent Events
Please check the News page for information on:
Public lectures at the University of York
Lunchtime talks in Leeds
'We will remember them' - an online archive from Wakefield Library
Heritage Lottery Bid by the Friends of Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens to restore the 1760 landscape.
Proposed Sale of Wentworth Woodhouse in Spring 2015