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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.

coming events

Our next Society meeting is on Wednesday 9th November at Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm
Slavery in Yorkshire:
The historical significance and reputation of Richard Oastler who launched the ten-hour factory movement to protect child labour in Yorkshire factories. Dr John A Hargreaves, FRHistS, FHA, FSA.


A summary of John Goodchild's talk on 14 September: Gil Moody's Journal: the story, work, and adventures of an 18th Century middle-class gentleman has been added to Lecture Notes

Reports on the launch of the Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield project on 12th October, and the day conference Wakefield's Medieval Bridge and Chantry Chapel on 1st October have been added to the Recent Events page.

Information recently added to the News page:

Open lectures at the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

The Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield project

Details of the Yorkshire in History Group programme

The Requiem Mass for Richard, Duke of York on 30 December at Chantry Chapel

National Archives conservation of Kirkgate Station Map

Romans and Natives in Central England; Conference on 29 October

West Yorkshire Textile Heritage Project




















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