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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.

A reminder to members that Subscriptions are now due for 2015,
(see the download on Joining the Society for fees and details)

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

coming events

Our next lecture in the 2014-2015 programme will be on Wednesday 11 February: The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway from its origins in the 1840s to the present day by David Carter, WHS member and railway engineer. This will be held in conjunction with the 'Kirkgate Calling' project. Please note this lecture will be at the Orangery, Back Lane Wakefield, WF1 2TG at 7.30pm.

A series of three lectures at Wakefield Archives by John Goodchild: To the Manor Born, are taking place on 21st, 28th January and 4th February. More information on the News page


A summary of the talk on the 10th December A Yorkshire Glossary: the Wonderful World of Words by George Redmonds, appears on: Lecture Notes

Please check the News page for information on:

The 'Kirkgate Calling' project - take part to restore the history of the Kirkgate area.

Public Lectures from the University of York - Spring Programme

Talk on the Bedale Hoard at York Museum

Talk by Dr David Starkey at York: York's Place in History

Course at Wentworth Castle; Standing Historic Building Recording

Day School of Yorkshire Vernacular Building Study Group

Information about Notable Abodes website

Information about the Yorkshire Journal website

Lunchtime talks in Leeds


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