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Wakefield Waterfront

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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

Wakefield Waterfront has a long and fascinating history. The Aire and Calder Navigation, and the Calder and Hebble Navigation once provided a transport link that was vital to Wakefield's prosperity. The Waterfront was a hub of industry, lined with mills and warehouses, maltings and other businesses. The aim of our project is to research this history 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 recording of people's memories of living and working on the Waterfront in the past.

More information on our dedicated website: Wakefield Waterfront

coming events

Our next lecture in the 2014-2015 programme will be hosted by Wakefield Civic Society on Thursday 15th January 2015, The Style, history and influence of Art Deco by Kevin Trickett, President of Wakefield Civic Society. This lecture will be at the Orangery, Back Lane Wakefield, WF1 2TG at 7.30pm.


A summary of the talk on the 10th November: Local and Global: 190 years of Joseph Rhodes, by Kate Taylor appears on: Lecture Notes

The visit to the 'Roman Empire: power and people' exhibition in Leeds is described in Recent Events

Please check the News page for information on:

The December newsletter from West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service

Lunchtime talks in Leeds

'We will remember them' - an online archive from Wakefield Library

Heritage Lottery Bid by the Friends of Cannon Hall, Park and Gardens to restore the 1760 landscape.

Proposed Sale of Wentworth Woodhouse in Spring 2015


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