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Our programme of lectures runs from September to April each year. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at present in the Old Restaurant in Wakefield Town Hall starting at 7.30 pm. Talks include subjects of local and regional interest, encompassing historical and archaeological matters.

Non-members are very welcome at a charge of £2.

Lecture Programme 2018-2019

Summer Excursions

During the summer, excursions to places of historical interest are run in conjunction with Wakefield Civic Society. Some are full day excursions, some are part day or evening. Costs vary according to coach hire and entrance costs. Members are welcome to bring guests.

Summer Excursions

Other events

Activities such as extra talks, courses and guided walks are sometimes organised by members of the Society. Events either in Wakefield or further afield which are hosted by other societies and groups may be of interest.

Coming Events

Associated Trusts

Wakefield Historical Society is privileged to be associated with two local historic trusts, the Friends of Chantry Chapel and the Gissing Centre.

Friends of Chantry Chapel

The Gissing Trust

Heritage Matters

The Society often concerns itself with issues relating to local heritage which are usually mentioned in the newsletters that every member receives. If you are concerned about any local heritage matters, do let us know.

Projects and members research

The Society encourages members to be actively involved in research and other projects. Those interested in research are encouraged to contribute articles for the journal or the website or to give a talk to the society.

At present members are pursuing individual research related to Westgate, which stemmed from a study group that met at the West Yorkshire History Centre and at Wakefield Local Studies Library.

If you are interested in any of our projects please contact us.

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield 2016

The Society is a partner in this project, which is managed by Wakefield Council. It will explore the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed over the years.
More information: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Wakefield Waterfront Project 2013 -2016

The aim of this project was to research, together with Waterfront communities, a history of the Wakefield Waterfront. We have researched various topics, held exhibitions, collected photographs, and recorded interviews with people who lived or worked there.

Find out more on our dedicated website:
Wakefield Waterfront Project

Pontefract to Fotheringhay 2010

Although our programme of events to commemorate the death of Richard, Duke of York at Sandal in 1460 and his later funeral procession is ended, the project group are still giving lectures.

The Road to Fotheringhay