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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, 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 Lecture Pogramme for 2018-2019 is now available. The first lecture is on 12th September at the Elizabethan Gallery, Brook Street (please note new venue): The development of pit banners and trade unions in the mining industry by Anne Bradley, Curator of Social and Oral History at the National Coal Mining Museum.

The excursion to Rochdale on the 9th August, the study group walk along Westgate on 14th August and the visit to Leeds Discovery Centre are described on the Recent Events page.

Information about the 2018 exhibition at at the Gissing Centre has been added: The Gissing Trust

Information recently added to the News page:

Black Horse Poets commemoration performance, 21 September

Heritage Open Days in our area, September

Lecture at Leeds City Museum, 29 September, Ancient DNA and the Beaker Phenomenon

Opportunity to volunteer at Brodsworth Hall

Book review of 'Beside the Seaside' by John Heywood

Society for Church Archaeology Conference 14-16 September.

Event at University of Leeds, 29 September: New Approaches to the North: A Colloquium in Memory of Gordon Forster

Symposium on James Paine, Cusworth Hall, October 4th

'Wars of the Roses Abridged' Tour, 14th and 15th September, Wakefield

Invitation to WW1 Memorial Event, 20 September





























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