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.
The next lecture is on 12th December at the Elizabethan Gallery, Brook Street: Drink and the Georgians: New Consumer Tastes in the Eighteenth Century by John Chartres, Emeritus Professor of Social and Economic History, University of Leeds
There is now a dedicated page for book reviews. These are primarily about recent books of local interest.
Information recently added to the News page:
Talk by Richard Atkinson at Chantry Chapel: Party like it's 1459(+1) 7th December 2018
Talk at Wakefield Socialist History Group: The First Women's General Election, Saturday December 15th
Events at the West Yorkshire History Centre in November
Free talks at the University of York
New book "Wakefield in 50 Buildings"
South Yorkshire Archaeology Day, 1st December, Sheffield
York Archaeological Conference, Exploring Roman York, Looking Back, Looking Forward, Saturday 17th November 2018