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.
Two new Summer Excursions have been added: a coach excursion to Doncaster Mansion House and Brodsworth Hall, and a 'make your own way' guided tour of Wakefield Cathedral. Please see: Summer Excursions (Please note that these are for members of Wakefield Historical Society and their guests only.)
Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
Did you work or live in Wood Street? Do you have interesting stories or anecdotes about the shops, pubs, or the bank there? Perhaps you worked in the Town Hall or at the Law Courts? We are seeking people who would be prepared to be informally interviewed about their experiences or to come for training in conducting oral interviews. Please contact us, we would be pleased to hear from you.
More information: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
Information has been added about guided walks by Wakefield Civic Society for the Wood St: Heart of Wakefield project.
A summary of the talk on 12 April 2017: Flames and Feathers: Tulips in Wakefield since the 18th Century by James Akers has been added to: Lecture Notes
An account of the excursion on 10th May to Hucknall and Newstead Abbey has been added to Recent Events
There is information about the new exhibition at the Gissing Centre
Information recently added to the News page:
'Meet the Author' session with the editor of the new book in the Wakefield Court Roll series, 22 May
York Eboracum Festival 1-4 June
The HOW project - the history and heritage of Walton
Wakefield Cathedral to mark the First World War Centenary with a new project
Exhibitions and talks with a historical theme at the York Festival of Ideas
New website about historical pageants which includes the Wakefield pageant of 1933
Lottery funding for Kirklees Archives project to move to Heritage Quay in Huddersfield
Information about South Leeds Archaeology