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Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

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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.

Our next lecture is on 12 February 'William the Conqueror & the Harrying of the North, 1069-70'
by Gillian WatersEducator and Historical Consultant, Coordinator of CBA Festival of Archaeology. Old Restaurant in the Town Hall, 7.30pm. More information:Lecture Programme

Summer Excursions: Last year we joined members of Wakefield Civic Society to plan, organise and lead the coach excursions and local 'make your own way' visits to places of interest. Members of last year's group will be holding their first meeting on Thursday, 30th January. We would like to add more volunteers to this group, so if you have some ideas and are willing to help, please let us know. If you can't make the meeting on the 30th, you can still be involved. Please contact us for more details:

A brief account of the meeting on 8th January, 'The Timber framed Buildings of Wakefield' has been added to Recent Events.

A report of our lecture on 11th December The Borough Waits and Their Music, by Leeds Waits has been added to Lecture Notes 2019-2020

A new article has been added to Discover Wakefield's History about how the Pilgrimage of Grace and the Reformation affected Wakefield and the surrounding area.

Information recently added to the News page:

The Buildings of Tudor and Stuart Wakefield: new book by Peter Brears with details of how to obtain a copy

Talks and exhibition at Leeds Central Library

Spring 2020 public lectures at the University of York

Can you help? Pigeon Racing in Wakefield

The 2020 programme of meetings at South Leeds Archaeology

Discovery of a Wakefield 18th century seal in New York State

Research into early miniature railway locomotive built at Heath



































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