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The First Women's General Election
Wakefield Socialist History Group
Saturday December 15th, Wakefield Labour Club (The Red Shed) 1- 4 pm

This year is the centenary of the partial women's suffrage. What's less well known is that women also stood for parliament for the first time in this year.

Manchester based Ali Ronan will be speaking about the 17 women who stood for parliament in December 1918. Bob Mitchell will be speaking about the one woman who was elected, Constance Markiewicz.

NEW Book: Wakefield in 50 buildings
By Peter Thornborrow and Paul Gwilliam

'Wakefield in 50 Buildings' explores the history of Wakefield through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures, from the early medieval Grade I-listed parish church, which became a cathedral in 1880, to the acclaimed Hepworth Wakefield art gallery, which opened in 2011.

Author and architectural historian Peter Thornborrow and photographer Paul Gwilliam celebrate Wakefield's architectural heritage way as they guide the reader around the town's historic and modern buildings.

Available in local bookshops.

Peter will be talking about the book to Wakefield Civic Society at the Kingswood Suite, Town Hall, on Thursday 13 December at 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite, visitors are welcome.

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Local and Family History network, 2019

Wakefield Group, 4th Monday of the month, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Wakefield One Library

28 January: Local artist Louisa Fennell
25 February: DNA and Family History
25 March: Death and the Victorians
22 April: No meeting
20 May: Overcoming Brickwalls and Top Tips in Family History
24 June Investigating the History of a Wiltshire Village
22 July: Researching Domestic Servants
26 August: No meeting

Ossett & Horbury Group, 2nd Friday of the month,
11am - 12.30pm, Horbury Library

14 December 2018: Family & Local History Quiz
11 January 2019: Church and Chapel
8 February: A Favourite Ancestor
8 March: Looking at Maps (visit to Wakefield One)
12 April: Researching Domestic Servants
10 May: Visit to the National Coal Mining Museum Library

Pit Banners

The September lecture reminded one of our members, Lesley Taylor, that she had taken some slides of a miner’s rally processing down Denby Dale Road on its way to the Park in the 1970s.  A quick search located the slides and on inspection they seemed to provide a good record of the seemingly endless stream of banners, bands and people flooding past her that morning in 1976.  Lesley contacted our  speaker, Anne Bradley, and offered to give the images to the National Coal Mining Museum.  She has just heard from the Museum’s Curator of Art and Photography that they would like to accept them.

Lesley also sent this image to another member, who had worked at Manor Pit, thinking he might recognise someone.  He replied that he was actually to be seen clearly on the photograph, holding the Manor Pit banner aloft.  It is also worth noting the children sitting on the top of the bay window - not something you are likely to see today!

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