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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 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.

Wakefield Waterfront Project

Wakefield Waterfront has a long and fascinating history. The Aire and Calder Navigation, and the Calder and Hebble Navigation once provided a transport link that was vital to Wakefield's prosperity. The Waterfront was a hub of industry, lined with mills and warehouses, maltings and other businesses. The aim of our project is to research this history with the help of the local community. For more information please see our dedicated website: Wakefield Waterfront

A new page has been added to the Wakefield Waterfront website: Find out about our research and a new article, A Walk down Thornes Lane in the Nineteen Forties, appears on More History

coming events

The first summer coach excursion is to Skipton on 13th May. Details are on Summer Excursions

Our monthly lecture programme for 2013-2014 has now finished, however there is an extra talk on 14th June: Cecily Nevile, wife of Richard Duke of York, talk by Joanne Laynesmith. Details are on the News page.


A summary of the Society Meeting on 12th March describing members' talks following the AGM has been added to Lecture Notes

Please check the News page for new information on:

1 May, Talk at Leeds City Museum about Canadian Pioneers from Yorkshire

April-June 2014 Guided City Walks led by a Leeds City Guide






















































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