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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.

Coming events
Wednesday 14 March, Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm
Our next meeting is the AGM, followed by two talks: John Seacome will talk about Charles Watson: Unsung Hero of Wakefield (the Court House' architect) and Shirley Levon will talk about The France Collection at Wakefield Museum: photographs of the Slazenger sports equipment factory.

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield, Celebration Event, 10th March, at the Town Hall, 10am - 3pm
Not to be missed: film, talks, a play, and more! Find out about the culmination of our present project which explores the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed there over the years. More information: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield.


A summary of our talk on 14th February: The Ingenious Mr Elwick and the 18th Century Furnishing Trade in Wakefield by Andrew Cox-Whitaker, furniture restorer and Regional Furniture Society researcher can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018

Information recently added to the News page:

Talk 'John Goodwyn Barmby', political radical, at Westgate Chapel Sunday 4 March

Leeds Industrial History Day Conference on 10 Mar 2018

Talk at Leeds City Museum, World Civilisations Tour, 7 Mar 2018 1pm - 2pm

West Yorkshire History Centre, Opening of Circus250 Exhibition Saturday 10 March

West Yorkshire History Centre, Archive Surgery, Thursday 22 March

Programmes for the Local and Family History Network, Wakefield Group and Ossett and Horbury Group


























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