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.
kate Taylor's memorial service
Wakefield Cathedral was full for the memorial service for Kate on 26 September 2015. Her many contributions to the life of the community were recognised by the MBE which was presented to her son, Simon Jenkins, by the Lord-Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid M Roscoe.
Our next lecture is on 14 October 2015, Local Newspapers, a showing of 'The Wakefield Express', a short film made by Lindsay Anderson in 1952, followed by a talk about how digital publishing has dramatically changed the face of local newspapers.
by Julie Marshall, feature writer for the Yorkshire Post
More Information: Lecture Programme 2015-2016
Summer Excursions. (Please note these are only open to members of the Society and their guests)
Wednesday, 30th September; Rail Tour with John Goodchild: Wakefield – Huddersfield –Barnsley – Kirkgate. John will provide a commentary on the history of the local railways and there will be an opportunity to see the refurbished Kirkgate Station
More information: Summer Excursions
Recent Events includes a summary of our visit to Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle on 24th September
A summary of the lecture on 9th September, The Letters of Esther Milnes of Wakefield 1771-3, appears on Lecture Notes 2015-2016
Recently added to the News page:
The awards for essays for the Yorkshire History Prize, and information about the 2016 Competition
Find out about the progress of the new West Yorkshire Archives History Centre on Kirkgate
The Parish of Middlestown with Netherton World War 1 commemorations