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 first summer excursion is on Wednesday 13th May to Salford Quays. Please note that these excursions are only available for Society members and their guests. Please see: Summer Excursions
The last of John Goodchild's series of talks on Railways around Wakefield is on 29th April, at 2pm, Westgate Chapel
Notes on the talk about Charles Waterton by John Whitaker of Wakefield Museum on 8th April appear on: Lecture Notes
A new article by Kate Taylor: Entertainment in some of Wakefield's public houses and inns. Find out where you could have watched cock-fighting, played bagatelle or dominoes, or listened to a Polyphon in the past.
see: Discover Wakefield's History.
Recently added to the News page:
The Wakefield Waterfront Project and the HistoryPin website
Gott Memories? - Have Your Say Event arranged by students at the University of Huddersfield at the Hepworth onSaturday, May 2, 2015 10:30am to 15:30
Roman Catterick, 70 years of rescue 70 years of research - talk at Thornton-le-Street, 24 April
Conference: Princes of the Church and their Palaces, 30 June-4 July, Auckland Castle
A new book: - Going Underground by Stephany Leach, a study of the human archaeological remains in Yorkshire caves
Summer Public Lecture Programme from the University of York
Dearne Valley Archaeology Day on 30 May
Events commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at Pontefract
Events at Brodsworth Hall
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