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, provide talks and organise conferences. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, a quarterly newsletter and a Society Journal containing original research. Activities for members include participating in themed projects and historical research.
The first of our Summer Excursions is on 14th May to Fieldhead Mental Health Museum. For information about this and other excursions and a booking form please see: Summer Excursions. Please note these are only open to members of the Society and their guests.
The first of the Society's summer excursions are now planned,
A new publication: 'Guide to Historic Buildings in Wakefield' is now available to purchase.
More information: Publications
Find out about the 'Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield, Celebration Event', held on 10th March, and the banners now up and flying!: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield.
A summary of the Members’ Evening talks that followed our AGM on 14 March 2018 can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018: Charles Watson: Unsung Hero of Wakefield (the Court House’ architect) by John Seacombe and The France Collection at Wakefield Museum: photographs of the Slazenger sports equipment factory by Shirley Levon.
Information recently added to the News page:
New telephone numbers for all West Yorkshire Archives centres.
Doncaster Heritage Festival, 28 April - 13 May
Pleasure Privilege, Privations, exhibition and talks about Lofthouse Park 1908-1922
Florence Nightingale and Yorkshire, talk at Leeds City Museum, 27 April
Film about the Sykes/Slazenger Archive at Wakefield Museum online
New programmes for the Local and Family History Network, Wakefield Group and Ossett and Horbury Group
Beer and Brewing Exhibition at Temple Newsam
Work about to start on the restoration of the park and gardens at Cannon Hall