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Lecture Notes 2016-2017


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Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

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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.

Coming events

The final lecture of our Winter programme was on 12th April. Details of the first summer excursions and a downloadable booking form have been added to Summer Excursions (Please note that these are for members of Wakefield Historical Society and their guests only.)

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Did you work or live in Wood Street? Do you have interesting stories or anecdotes about the shops, pubs, or the bank there? Perhaps you worked in the Town Hall or at the Law Courts? We are seeking people who would be prepared to be informally interviewed about their experiences or to come for training in conducting oral interviews. Please contact us, we would be pleased to hear from you.
More information: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield


A summary of the two talks at the Society's AGM on 8 March 2017: The Red Shed: A Prehistory by Ken Rowley and 20th Century Piano Lessons and an Eighteenth Century Dancing Master by Lesley Taylor have been added to: Lecture Notes

Accounts of the Society's donation to the Friends of Chantry Chapel on 23rd January, the Society's visits to the new West Yorkshire History Centre on the 9th February, and to the National Mining Museum's 'Lest we Forget' event on 11th February, have been added to the Recent Events page.

Information recently added to the News page:

Open Day at Queen's Mill Castleford on 6 May

Local and Family History Month at Leeds Central Library

New website about historical pageants which includes the Wakefield pageant of 1933

Lottery funding for Kirklees Archives project to move to Heritage Quay in Huddersfield

Unveiling of the Oaks Memorial on 7 May in Barnsley

Information sought about remarkable Wakefield women for new book.

Information about South Leeds Archaeology
























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