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.
We are saddened to learn of the death of John Goodchild, peacefully at home, on the 6th January. A Vice President of our Society, John will be a most tragic loss to local history, given the extensive breadth and depth of his knowledge. An obituary recognising John's life and achievements can be found here: John Goodchild 1935-2017
Our next Society meeting is on 8 March, Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm, when we will hold our AGM, and Members' Evening
Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Wakefield Council, with Wakefield Historical Society, Wakefield Civic Society and Leeds Beckett University as partners, this project will explore the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed over the years. Wakefield Historical Society is undertaking the training of participants to do historical research on Wood Street, and also training people to record people's memories. More information: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
A summary of the Society's meeting on 19th January 2017, Travels on the Orient Express by Kevin Trickett has been added to: Lecture Notes
Accounts of the Society's donation to the Friends of Chantry Chapel on 23rd January, the Society's visits to the new West Yorkshire History Centre on the 9th February, and to the National Mining Museum's 'Lest we Forget' event on 11th February, have been added to the Recent Events page.
Information recently added to the News page:
Information and programme of lectures for South Leeds Archaeology
Heritage walks and events at Yorkshire Sculpture park, Bretton
Kinderstransport Display at the Peace Museum Bradford
Exhibition at Unity Works Wakefield, 'Pit Images'
Lectures at the Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Sharing memories of Coal Nationalisation in 1947 at the National Coal Mining Museum
New book 'Yorkshire Collieries 1947-1994'