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lecture programme 2015-2016

Our Autumn and Winter 2015-2016 lecture series has now finished. Our next meeting will be in September 2016.

Meetings are held at 7.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. Non-members are very welcome, a nominal fee of £2 is charged. Our venue is the Chantry Chapel on Wakefield Bridge, apart from the January meeting which is a joint one with Wakefield Civic Society and will be at Unity Hall, Westgate, Wakefield.

For a resumé of lectures 2015-2016 see:lecture notes 2015-2016
For a resumé of lectures 2014-2015 see: lecture notes 2014-2015
For a resumé of lectures 2013-2014 see: lecture notes 2013-2014
For a resumé of lectures 2012-2013 see: lecture notes 2012-2013
For a resumé of lectures 2011-2012 see: lecture notes 2011-2012

9 September 2015 Wednesday


The Letters of Esther Milnes of Wakefield 1771-3
Discovering aspects of family life in the dissenting merchant communities of the North of England.
by Shirley Levon and Lesley Taylor MA.

14 October 2015

Local Newspapers 
A showing of 'The Wakefield Express', a short film made by Lindsay Anderson in 1952, followed by a talk about how digital publishing has dramatically changed the face of local newspapers. 
by Julie Marshall, feature writer for the Yorkshire Post

11 November 2015

A Cathedral Double Bill
A review of archaeological investigation and interpretation at Wakefield Cathedral.
by Ian Roberts FSA MCIfA the Cathedral Archaeologist  
19th and 21st century interventions in the Cathedral fabric, and their significance in the building’s
conservation history.                    
by Joanne Harrison RIBA

9 December 2015

A Winter’s Dream
by  Peter Taylor

13 January2016


Kirkgate Calling’
Aspects of the history of Wakefield's Kirkgate Station. 
by Groundwork’s Kirkgate Station volunteers  and Dr Phil Judkins

Joint meeting with Wakefield Civic Society Venue: Unity Hall, Westgate, Wakefield

10 February 2016

A Tale of Three Cities; Newcastle, Leeds and Wakefield. The Brandlings: their activities as country gentry, colliery owners and in politics and local life.
by John Goodchild M Univ

9 March 2016

AGM and Members’ Evening
An opportunity to have a say in the running of the Society, and then to hear what some of our members have been researching.

13 April 2016

Rugby League: a threat to the Establishment?
by David Hinchliffe, former Wakefield MP, lifelong follower of Wakefield Trinity and author of rugby league books