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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.

Coming events

Our next Summer Excursion is Wednesday, 27 June, a 'make-your-own-way' visit to Tadcaster, for a morning walk led by members of Tadcaster Historical Society. For information about these and other excursions and a booking form please see: Summer Excursions. Please note these are only open to members of the Society and their guests.


The visit to 'The Weavers' Triangle' and Towneley Hall in Burnley on 13th June are described on the Recent Events page.

A new publication: 'Guide to Historic Buildings in Wakefield' is now available to purchase.
More information: Publications

A list of research topics has been added to: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

A summary of the talk on 11 April, Object Voices, by Cara Sutherland about items at the Mental Health Musem can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018:

Information recently added to the News page:

Excavation of bath house at St Swithin's Well, Stanley

Yorkshire History Prize - call for entries

Film premiere evening – The Angel of Passchendaele, Tuesday evening, 3rd July

Heritage of Walton project seeking information about Walton Colliery banner

David Hey Memorial Meeting at Sheffield on 23 June

Update on the re-opening of Calderdale Archives (Halifax)

Workshops for 'Forgotten Women of Wakefield'




























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