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The Society's History

Joining the Society


chantry meeting

Currently the Society has nearly a hundred members.  Some members have been studying local history for many years, others come to learn a little about their locality's past. The Society is always keen to involve members in  activities and projects.  

The Council

The Council is elected at the March Annual General Meeting each year. It meets four or five times a year to organise activities, to discuss and respond to relevant local issues, and to share research interests. 

The  2015-16 council:

President: Pam Judkins

Treasurer: Lorraine Simpson

Secretary: Phil Judkins

Membership and Assistant Secretary: Jo Heron

Lecture Secretaries: Jody Ineson

Web Manager: Shirley Levon

Vice-Presidents: Brian Thomas, Lesley Taylor and Richard Knowles

Council members: Gary Brannan, David Scriven, Linda Smith, Ken Rowley, Claire Pickering


Our President

Our President is Pam Judkins, elected in March 2012. Pam has been an active and involved member of the Society for many years. She is an experienced archaeologist; having worked previously as Keeper of Archaeology for Wakefield MDC, she recently retired as the Collections Manager. She led the Pontefract to Fotheringhay Project in 2010, the Wakefield Waterfront Project in 2013 and the Society's involvement with the Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield Project in 2017.

Pam President



Lesley Taylor has been Lecture Secretary of our Society for several years. Following an MA by Dissertation on the subject of eighteenth century Wakefield completed in 2006 she has continued her research into the town in this period, writing journal articles and giving talks. She has also produced two books in collaboration with our Web Manager, Shirley Levon.

Richard Knowles FSA, first became aware of the Society whilst at school and worked on the Sandal Castle site. He became Hon. Secretary of the Society from 1973 and continued in that role for many years. He is a bookseller by profession, but edited the international Journal of the Church Monuments Society for many years.His work on church monuments, their study and conservation, led to his being elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1995. He has had published, books on medieval church monuments and aspects of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). He has also, over the years, contributed articles to a number of academic journals.

Brian Thomas