Wakefield Historical Society welcomes all those with an interest in history both on a local level and more widely. We aim to promote knowledge of the area's past and raise awareness of local heritage.
We offer a programme of winter lectures and summer excursions, provide talks and organise conferences. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, a quarterly newsletter and a Society Journal containing original research. Activities for members include participating in themed projects and historical research.
Our Summer Excursions in June are a visit to Highways England North East Control Centre on 9 June, and a coach excursion to Shandy Hall in Coxwold and Sion Hill Hall in Kirby Wiske on 20 June.
Information about the summer exhibition at the Gissing Centre, and opening times has been added.
Information recently added to the News page:
Free talks at West Yorkshire History Centre in June
Sessions to learn about the history of St Andrew's Parish Wakefield
York Festival of Ideas
University of York Open Lectures, Summer Term
Royal Armouries anniversary of Cloth of Gold in 2020, re-creating a Tudor helmet
Programme for the Yorkshire in History group based at Manygates Education Centre
Peterloo: the Massacre, its Background and its Aftermath, Saturday 8th June 2019: Wakefield Labour Club
Play: Difficult Women 28 & 29 June, Mechanics' Theatre, Wood Street, Wakefield
Event at Chantry Chapel: Performance by Leeds Waits.
Festival of Archaeology 13 - 28 July 2019, website open for registration and information about events