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.
Wakefield Waterfront Project
The Society conducted a project during 2013-2014 to research the history of Wakefield Waterfront with the help of the local community. You can now watch a film put together during the project. It follows the changes over time on the Waterfront and includes recordings of people's memories of living and working on the Waterfront in the past. More information on our dedicated website: Wakefield Waterfront
Our next meeting in the 2014-2015 programme will be on Wednesday 11 March: AGM and Members' Evening. Following the AGM, the film about the Society's Waterfront Project will be shown, Gary Brannan, archivist at the Borthwick Institute at the University of York will be describing their collections, and Chris Welch will be reporting on the ongoing archaeological investigations at Lowe Hill, Wakefield.
Please note this meeting will be at Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm
A summary of the talk The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway by David Carter on 11th February 2015, appears on: Lecture Notes
A new article has been added to Discover Wakefield's History: Wakefield's Westgate Stations, by Ian Kyle and Kate Taylor
Reports on the first research session for the Kirkgate Calling project and the talk on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway have been added to Recent Events
Recently added to the News page:
Roman Binchester: new results and new perspectives, 31 Mar 2015, Tempest Anderson Hall, York
England Arise: the People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381, Wakefield Library, 15th April
Dearne Valley Archaeology Day on 30 May
Events commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at Pontefract
Arts Council England Funding secured for Wakefield Museum
William Hamond Bartholomew and newly published guide to West Yorkshire Waterways
The March newsletter from the West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service.
The Gotts and Gott Collection of the Hepworth Wakefield, talks by John Goodchild on 19 & 26 March at Chantry Chapel. Additional date: 2nd April at the Hepworth
Luddite Memorial Lecture, by Professor Michael Chase, Huddersfield Local History Society, 16 April
Launch of the Yorkshire Roman Roads Project
Events at Brodsworth Hall
Recent Work in the Roman Town of Aldborough, York, 17 March
Free Finds Workshops, York, 7/14/21/28 March
Heritage events at Yorkshire Sculpture Park during the Spring and Summer
A new family and local history website for Horbury and Ossett
Railways around Wakefield, talks by John Goodchild on 15, 22 and 29 April 2015