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lecture programme 2018-2019

Our lecture meetings will resume in September 2019

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.

For a resumé of lectures 2018-2019 see: lecture notes 2018-2019
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

12 September 2018 Wednesday 7.30pm
Elizabethan Gallery

The development of pit banners and trade unions in the mining industry.
Anne Bradley, Curator of Social and Oral History at the National Coal Mining Museum.

10 October 2018
Elizabethan Gallery

Beneath the Big Top: celebrating 250 years of the circus
Steve Ward, author, advisor on educational circus matters and director of international youth circus festivals.

14 November 2018
Elizabethan Gallery

Some Other and Wider Destiny: Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and the Great War.
Elaine Merckx, Archivist, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Neal Rigby, Former Head of History QEGS.

12 December 2018
Elizabethan Gallery

Drink and the Georgians: new consumer tastes in the eighteenth century
John Chartres, Emeritus Professor of Social and Economic History, University of Leeds


17 January 2019
Thursday 7.30pm
The Kingswood Suite, Wakefield Town Hall
meeting hosted by Wakefield Civic Society

Merran McRae, Chief Executive, Wakefield Council
Merran took up her post as Chief Executive of Wakefield Council in June 2017 having moved from Calderdale Council where she had also been Chief Executive.

This meeting is only for members of Wakefield Historical Society and Wakefield Civic Society and their personal guests.

Please note change of day and venue

13 February 2019
Please note change of venue for next four lectures

Old Restaurant, Town Hall

Potwallopers: the story of Britain’s first secret ballot, Pontefract 1872.                                 
John Whitaker, Wakefield Museums Curatorial and Collections Officer

13 March 2019
Old Restaurant, Town Hall

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.

10 April 2019
Old Restaurant, Town Hall

Wakefield's Historic Development and Special Architecture by Peter Thornborrow, historic buildings specialist and author of 50 Buildings in Wakefield

9 May 2019
Please note change of day
Thursday 7.30pm
Old Restaurant, Town Hall

Women of Westminster - the legacy of Yorkshire's first woman MP, Alice Bacon, by Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West and author of Alice in Westminster: The political life of Alice Bacon and of a new book about to be published Women in Westminster.