Talk on 12 December.
Drink and the Georgians: New Consumer Tastes in the Eighteenth Century by John Chartres, Emeritus Professor of Social and Economic History, University of Leeds
We learnt so much from the excellent talk by John Chartres at our meeting last night which provided the facts and figures through the course of the 18th century and gave the background to the famous Hogarth prints of Gin Lane, and Beer Street. We were able to relate the information to the present day, so it was particularly pertinent considering the time of year.
Study group at the West Yorkshire History Centre
On Monday 2 July nine of our members met at the Centre to work with original documents.
The aims of these sessions are:
- To encourage original research in the Society.
- To increase familiarity with our local archive catalogues and collections
- To provide opportunities to study with others and share ideas.
- To explore a range of primary sources based on Wakefield, with an emphasis on the history of Westgate.
We have continued to meet weekly, either at the Local Studies Library or at the West Yorkshire History Centre, and members are now busy with their own research.
Study Group at West Yorkshire History Centre
The third meeting of the study group at the West Yorkshire History Centre found the 18th century West Riding Quarter Sessions engrossing; discovering thefts by apprentices, information about the upkeep of the roads, lists of magistrates and chief constables, and much more. The Sessions met four times each year, covering cases from Wakefield, Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford. The fragile bundles are not indexed, but lists of civil cases appear in the order books, and criminal cases in the indictment books.
TaLK: Some Other and Wider Destiny: Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and the Great War.
The talk at our meeting on 14th November was well attended. Elaine Merckx, who is the archivist at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School introduced how the research and the book came about. Neal Rigby, former Head of History gave background to the school through the Great War, and described personal experiences of their pupils as combatants.
Our members and visitors are enjoying the more spacious venue at the Elizabethan Gallery and the opportunity to chat and enjoy refreshments.
Study Group Walk along Westgate
Tuesday 14 August
Members of the study group shared a walk on Westgate, learning more of its history and contributing our own knowledge. We learnt of the changes from the grand mansions and inns of the 18th century, to banks and building societies, and now to the present leisure and entertainment venues. Maps and photographs illustrated these changes.