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lecture programme 2017-2018

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 usual venue is the Chantry Chapel on Wakefield Bridge, apart from the December and January meetings.

There are no lectures during the summer months, the next lecture will be in September 2018 and details will be posted here closer to the date.

For a resumé of lectures 2017-2018 see: lecture notes 2017-2018
For a resumé of lectures 2016-2017 see:
lecture notes 2016-2017
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

13 September 2017 Wednesday
Chantry Chapel

The plight of human fortune and the pitilessness of death: The Black Death and the Church in Yorkshire, 1349
Gary Brannan, Access Archivist, Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York

11 October 2017
Chantry Chapel

Nurses of Passchendaele: Caring for the Wounded of the Ypres Campaigns, 1914-1918  
Christine Hallett, Professor of Nursing History, University of Manchester

8 November 2017
Chantry Chapel

The people of the Manor of Wakefield, 1781-82                         
David Scriven,
editor of The Court Roll of the Manor of Wakefield, 1781-1782

13 December 2017
Please note change of venue: Elizabethan Gallery Brook Street

 Oh Susannah! A performance about a black Victorian circus proprietor Pablo Fanque and his wife Susannah who set up Circus Royal in Wood Street in 1841
Joe Williams, Heritage Corner, and Deborah Sanderson. Urban Angels   

10 January2018
Please note change of venue: Elizabethan Gallery Brook Street

The Ingenious Mr Elwick and the Wakefield Furniture Trade                  
Andrew Cox-Whitaker furniture restorer and Regional Furniture Society researcher                     
                        This is the joint meeting with the Civic Society

14 February 2018
Chantry Chapel

(replacement talk) Tales from the Big House: Temple Newsam.
Steve Ward, freelance writer.
The Hampton Court of the North, 1000 years of its History and People

14 March 2018
Chantry Chapel

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.
Talks by members:
Charles Watson, unsung hero of Wakefield  by John Seacome.
The France Collection at Wakefield Museum: photographs of the Slazenger sports equipment factory  by Shirley Levon.

11 April 2018
Chantry Chapel

Object Voices: Interpreting all our stories at the Mental Health Museum, Fieldhead, Wakefield
Cara Sutherland, Museum Curator