small banner
home page about us page activities page publications page Wakefield's history contacts page links page


Joining the Society

Lecture Programme

Lecture Notes 2015-2016


Recent Events

Coming Events

Summer Excursions

Discover Wakefield's History

The Society's History

Wakefield Historical Publications

Society Journals

Friends of Chantry Chapel

The Gissing Trust


Our associated websites:

Wakefield Waterfront

The Road to Fotheringhay


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 first Summer Excursion is on 24th May. Morning visit to the Swinton Park Hotel followed by an afternoon visit to Theakstons at Masham. Excursions are only open to members of Wakefield Historical Society or Wakefield Civic Society and their guests.


Wakefield Roll of Honour from World War One has been added to Discover Wakefield's History.
On the same page is a new article about the inauguration in 1882 of the Wakefield Tradesmen's Benevolent Institution, and the grand parade that included an elephant and camels.

A report of Rugby League: A Threat to the Establishment by David Hinchliffe on 13th April 2016, appears on Lecture Notes 2015-2016.

Full details of the Society's Summer Excursions and a downloadable booking form are now available:
Summer Excursions

Information recently added to the News page:

Research Project on the Oaks Colliery Disaster in 1866

Open Day at Queen's Mill Castleford on 7th May

The Victorian Society's walking tour of Wakefield on the 14th May.

Yorkshire in History Group visit to the Gissing Centre

New Booklet: The Way We Were, Wakefield and Dewsbury

More information about the plans by Wakefield Grammar School Foundation to redevelop the Clayton Hospital Site














The banner at the top of this page is based on an engraving of Wakefield by Samuel Buck: view original
© 2011 Wakefield Historical Society. All rights reserved. Every attempt has been made to gain permission from the owner(s) of copyright material.
The Society is not to be held responsible for the accuracy of content, and does not necessarily endorse views held on this site.If you find broken links or other website problems please contact the Website Manager
visitors to this site

site last modified 27/4//2016