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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

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 8 November 2017, 7.30pm, Chantry Chapel: The people of the Manor of Wakefield, 1781-82 by David Scriven, editor of The Court Roll of the Manor of Wakefield, 1781-1782


An account of the Heritage Brickwork course at Pontefract has been added to Recent Events and also a report of our visit to Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre on 29th September. On the same page is a report of the Society's exhibition and talks at The Hepworth for Heritage Open Days, and the Society's visit to the British Library at Boston Spa, and afterwards to Lotherton Hall

A summary of Gary Brannan's talk "The plight of human fortune and the pitilessness of death: The Black Death and the Church in Yorkshire, 1349" can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018

Information recently added to the News page:

Wars of the Roses Abridged at Chantry Chapel, 15 December

Photographs of Pinderfields and Clayton hospitals sought.

Exhibition and launch of book on QEGS and High School in WW1, 10 November

Programme for the Yorkshire in History Group

Portable Antiquities Scheme Conference on 11 October

Commemorative Service for Wakefield born nurse Nellie Spindler on 12 November

CBA Autumn Showcase on 4th November

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

Autumn programme of public lectures at the University of York.

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

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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