Our programme of lectures runs from September to April each year. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Chantry Chapel on Wakefield Bridge 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 2016-2017
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.
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.
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
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. Occasionally the Society produces other publications like 'Wakefield Worthies'.
If you are interested in any of our projects please contact us.
Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield 2016 and ongoing
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: News
Wakefield Waterfront Project 2013 and ongoing
A group of WHS members have been working to define a project both for the Society and for a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The aim of this project is to research, together with Waterfront communities, an academically-respectable history of the Wakefield Waterfront, and to communicate this in an accessible form to those communities and to the wider public.
Wakefield Waterfront Project
Transcription of Wakefield Manor Court Rolls
Members of the Society have begun work on transcribing the 1781-2 Wakefield Manor Court Roll, part of the 700-year sequence of Wakefield's manor records whose worldwide significance has now been recognised by their being placed on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register. The Roll has added interest as it extends considerably beyond land transactions, for it contains a number of wills and – of especial interest to family historians – a considerable selection of named individuals.
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