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.
Our next Summer Excursions is a 'make-your-own-way' visit to Leeds Civic Hall on 26th August. For more information and a downloadable booking form please see: Summer Excursions (Please note that these are for members of Wakefield Historical Society and their guests only.)
Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
Find out more about our present project which explores the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed there over the years.
Information about Civic Society walks in August and September on the history of Wood Street has been added to: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
New Lecture programme 2017- 2018
Details of our varied programme of lectures from September 2017 to April 2018 are now published:
An account of the excursion on 1st August to Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, has been added to Recent Events
Information recently added to the News page:
Yorkshire Archaeological Journals now digitised and free online
The James Paine festival at Doncaster Mansion House, 7th October
George Orwell and Socialism at the Red Shed, Socialist History Group, 16th September
Open morning at Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre, 13th August
Launch of Wakefield Museum and Library 'Rainbow Trail' on 12th August
Clayton Hospital - outline planning permission passed.
Reviews of three new books from Pen and Sword, "South Yorkshire Mining Villages", "Nurses of Passchendaele" and "Women in the Great War"
West Yorkshire Archives at Fountains Abbey, 18th & 19th August
"Archive Surgery" event at the West Yorkshire History Centre, 24th August
Heritage event at Bretton Hall "The Bretton Pleasure Grounds" 15th August
Talk at South Leeds Archaeology "Prehistoric North Duffield" 23rd August
Royal Archaeological Institute's conference, York from 17 - 19 November Arras 200 – Celebrating the Iron Age