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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

Wakefield's Medieval Bridge and Chantry Chapel: context and new perspectives
Day Conference: Saturday 1st October at The Hepworth, Wakefield
More Information and Booking Form: News

Our next Society meeting is on Wednesday 12th October at Chantry Chapel The National Coal Mining Museum for England: the first thirty years by Dr Margaret Faull, OBE, Director and Company Secretary of the Mining Museum 1986-2015


A summary of John Goodchild's talk on 14 September: Gil Moody's Journal: the story, work, and adventures of an 18th Century middle-class gentleman has been added to Lecture Notes

Descriptions of the visit to Rothwell on 20th August, to Wollaton Hall and Papplewick on 17th August, to Leeds Library on 21st July, have been added to the Recent Events page.

Please note that there are new contact details for the Gissing Trust

Information recently added to the News page:

National Archives conservation of Kirkgate Station Map

Wakefield Cathedral event on 12 October

University of York public lecture on 18 October

Romans and Natives in Central England; Conference on 29 October

Lunchtime talk at Leeds Central Library on 10 October Theatres through Time

West Yorkshire Textile Heritage Project




















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