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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.

kate Taylor


Kate Taylor has been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list with the award of MBE for her services to heritage and community in Wakefield. The award is justly deserved. Kate worked tirelessly to educate people from all walks of life about the history of Wakefield and preserve its heritage for future generations. Her son Simon Jenkins will accept the honour on her behalf.

coming events

Summer Excursions.
Our next summer coach excursion is on Saturday 15th August; Wilderspin National School and Normanby Hall Country Park.
Please note that these excursions are only available to Society members and their guests.
More information: Summer Excursions


Recent Events includes the Society's attendance at the Party on the Bridge on 11 July and at the Lowe Hill Celebration event on 10 July. There is also a summary of our walk through Charles Waterton's Walton Hall Estate on 4 July.

Lecture Notes now has summaries of John Goodchild's talks in April on Railways in the Wakefield Area

Recently added to the News page:

29 July, Talk and exhibition at the Orangery about the escaped bear in 1844

10-22 August, Live Archaeology Dig: Uncover First World War Doncaster, Volunteers needed.

Information about the Nightingale Festival, commemorating the death of Charles Waterton 150 years ago

Exhibition at the National Coal Mining Museum on Rugby League, 1-20 August

Opportunities to volunteer at the National Coal Mining Museum

Information about the Family and Local History Networks at Wakefield and Ossett, including the change of venue for the Ossett group.

New content on the Discover Wakefield's History page:

Have you forgotten when Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited Wakefield, when Marsh Way was opened or when the Greyhound Stadium was closed? Events in Wakefield in the last century are listed in Kate Taylor's Timeline of Wakefield in the 20th Century

Do you live on the Lupset Estate, or perhaps you grew up there? Discover its history in Walk around Lupset.

Find out where you could have watched cock-fighting, played bagatelle or dominoes, or listened to a Polyphon in the past in Entertainment in some of Wakefield's public houses and inns, by Kate Taylor.

Have you ever been unsure about the dates of historical events in Wakefield? Find out from Kate Taylor's article: Some Key Dates in Wakefield's History








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