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.
Commemorating the bicentenary of Ruskin's birth a new article 'John Ruskin and Wakefield' by Lesley Taylor has been added to Discover Wakefield's History
Our next Summer Excursions is an excursion to the Kings Cross area of London on 7 August
A brief description of our visit to Cawthorne Jubilee Museum and village on 11th July and to the Lion Salt Works, the Anderton Boat Lift and Knutsford on 18 July have been added to Recent Events.
Information about our Lecture Programme for winter 2019-2020 has been added. The first lecture is on Wednesday 11th September, 7.30pm in the Old Restaurant at Wakefield Town Hall. Gaynor Haliday will be speaking on 'Struggle and Suffrage in Wakefield: Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality'.
Information recently added to the News page:
Walk and talk: Archaeology and Folklore of Lowe Hill, Thornes Park
South Leeds Archaeology, The Knight Templars of Temple Newsam, 24 July
Calderdale Heritage Walks
Royal Armouries anniversary of Cloth of Gold in 2020, re-creating a Tudor helmet
Festival of Archaeology 13 - 28 July 2019, website open for registration and information about events