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Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

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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.

Our next lecture is on 8 January 2020 when Peter Brears, Historic Houses Consultant and local historian, will be talking about the timber-framed buildings of Wakefield. His book on the subject will be published shortly.
This is a joint meeting with Wakefield Civic Society. Old Restaurant in the Town Hall, 7.30pm.
Lecture Programme

A report of our lecture on 13 November by Claudia Sternberg, The Civilian and Military Prisoners of Lofthouse Park Camp, near Wakefield, 1914-1919 has been added to Lecture Notes 2019-2020

A new book review has been added: BRITISH WIDOWS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR by Andrea Hetherington

A brief report of the meeting on 11 December, when the Leeds Waits provided an evening of entertainment, and the Society's Christmas dinner on 4 December have been added to Recent Events

A new article has been added to Discover Wakefield's History about how the Pilgrimage of Grace and the Reformation affected Wakefield and the surrounding area.

Information recently added to the News page:

Battle of Wakefield Memorial March on 29 December

Can you help? Pigeon Racing in Wakefield

Talk at University of Leeds, 10th December, ''Why Record this Stuff?: The Value of Metal-Detected Finds for Understanding the Medieval Past'

The 2020 programme of meetings at South Leeds Archaeology

Discovery of a Wakefield 18th century seal in New York State

Research into early miniature railway locomotive built at Heath



































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