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.
The next Summer Excursion is on Tuesday 20th September: EXCURSION TO LANCASTER AND MORECAMBE. Excursions are only open to members of Wakefield Historical Society or Wakefield Civic Society and their guests.
Wakefield's Medieval Bridge and Chantry Chapel: context and new perspectives
Day Conference: Saturday 1st October at The Hepworth, Wakefield
More Information and Booking Form: News
The Lecture Programme for 2016 - 2017 is now available. The first meeting is on Wednesday 14th September at Chantry Chapel,
Descriptions of the visit to Rothwell on 20th August, to Wollaton Hall and Papplewick on 17th August, to Leeds Library on 21st July, and John Goodchild's talk on 23rd July, How Wakefield Grew, have been added to the Recent Events page.
Wakefield Roll of Honour from World War One has been added to Discover Wakefield's History.
Please note that there are new contact details for the Gissing Trust
Information recently added to the News page:
New book: Cities of the North
Doncaster Family and Local History Fair on 24th September
Show 'The 56' about the Bradford City Football Stadium Fire in 1985
Update on our Wakefield Waterfront Project
New programme for the Local and Family History Networks
The Court House and Wood Street project