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Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

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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 last Summer Excursion is to Calverley Hall, Leeds on 22nd September

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 9th October, 7.30pm in the Old Restaurant at Wakefield Town Hall: Barrows, Beakers and Blue Streak Missiles:Archaeology on the MOD Estate, by Phil Abramson, archaeological advisor for the MOD covering the North of England, Scotland and Cyprus.
Lecture Programme for winter 2019-2020.

A brief report of our first lecture of the winter series has been added to Recent Events

Information recently added to the News page:

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day

Discovery of a Wakefield 18th century seal in New York State

Research into early miniature railway locomotive built at Heath

New prison history website

Heritage Open Days: Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September

Wakefield and Britain's War Resisters 1916 – 1919, 14 September

Heritage Open Day at the Hepworth

Walks in September by Wakefield Civic Society

Autumn programme for South Leeds Archaeology

Calderdale Heritage Walks in September

Public courses at the University of York, 2019-2020


































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