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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, provide talks and organise conferences. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, a quarterly newsletter and a Society Journal containing original research.  Activities for members include participating in themed projects and historical research.

Coming events

Don't miss our next meeting on 13th December - the circus that the Beatles made famous, Pablo Fanque's Circus, appeared in Wood Street in 1841!

Find out about the event and how to book here: "Oh Susannah!"

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: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield.


An account of the handover of the John Goodchild collection to the West Yorkshire Archives on the 17th November has been added to Recent Events and the meeting of the Wakefield Family History Society on 2nd December when the Doncaster Waites entertained with music and history.

A summary of the talk on 11th October "Nurses of Passchendaele: Caring for the Wounded of the Ypres Campaigns, 1914-1918" by Christine Hallett, and the talk on 8th November "The People of the Manor of Wakefield 1781-1782" by David Scriven can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018

Information recently added to the News page:

Dewsbury to be made a Heritage Action Zone by Historic England

Wars of the Roses Abridged at Chantry Chapel, 15 December

Programme for the Yorkshire in History Group

Review of 'Wakefield in the Great War" by Tim Lynch

New programmes for the Local and Family History Network, Wakefield Group and Ossett and Horbury Group

Information sought by Wakefield Rotary Club with reference to their centenary

Exhibition at Leeds City Museum: Skeletons: Our Buried Bones, 22 Sept – 7 Jan 2018

























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