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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

Our last Summer Excursion is a 'make-your-own-way' visit to Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre on 29th September. 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: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield.
The next meeting for the research group after the summer break will be on 19th October in the Civic Society room at the Town Hall, 10am

Lecture programme 2017- 2018

The next lecture is on Wednesday 11 October 2017, 7.30pm, Chantry Chapel: Nurses of Passchendaele: Caring for the Wounded of the Ypres Campaigns, 1914-1918 by Christine Hallett, Professor of Nursing History, University of Manchester.
More information: Lecture programme


An account of the Society's visit to ther British Library at Boston Spa, and afterwards to Lotherton Hall has been added to Recent Events. On the same page is a report of the Society's exhibition and talks at The Hepworth for Heritage Open Days.

Information recently added to the News page:

Autumn programme of public lectures at the University of York.

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day, Saturday 18th November 2017, Showroom Cinema Sheffield

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

Wakefield Cathedral "Conscience and Conflict" Walk 27 September

National Coal Mining Mueseum is seeking volunteers.

The Wars of the Roses abridged: Chantry Chapel 29 September

The James Paine festival at Doncaster Mansion House, 7th October

Heritage Brickwork Repair Course 25-27 September Pontefract

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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