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.
The next lecture is on 12th December at the Elizabethan Gallery, Brook Street: Drink and the Georgians: New Consumer Tastes in the Eighteenth Century by John Chartres, Emeritus Professor of Social and Economic History, University of Leeds. Visitors welcome, a donation of £2 is requested.
There is now a dedicated page for book reviews. These are primarily about recent books of local interest. Two new reviews have been added: "A Parish at War" edited by Hilary Haigh, and
"Nineteenth Century Circus Poster Art" by Steve Ward
A summary of the talks on 10th October, The Circus: Past-Present-Future, by Steve Ward and 14th November: Some Other and Wider Destiny: Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and the Great War have been added to Lecture Notes 2018-2019
Information recently added to the News page:
Details of the Local and Family History Network meetings in 2019
Talk at Wakefield Socialist History Group: The First Women's General Election, Saturday December 15th
New book "Wakefield in 50 Buildings"