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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.

The next lecture will be on Wednesday 13th February, Old Restaurant in the Town Hall, 7.30pm. Potwallopers and Plumpers - Britain's first secret ballot in Pontefract by John Whitaker, Wakefield Museum's Curatorial and Collections Officer. A fascinating exploration into the humorous tale of Britain's first Parliamentary election by secret ballot; held in Pontefract in August 1872.
Please note change of venue.

An additional talk on Thursday 9 May has been added to our Lecture Programme: Alice Bacon, Pioneering Local MP
by Rachel Reeves.

Information recently added to the News page:

A Celebration of Women's Stories, March 9th, part of the Forgotten Women of Wakefield Project.

Leeds in Your Lunch-Hour - Public History Lectures by Dr Kevin Grady, Wednesdays

Wonderland at Nottingham Playhouse, play about the Miners' Strike

The King of Scotland born at Leeds, Leeds City Museum, 8 February

Events at West Yorkshire History Centre

Battle of Heptonstall 1643, play and public talk

Yorkshire Historical Dictionary now online

Talks at the Manygates History Group

Exhibition ot the Brotherton Library: These Four Walls, a secret History of Women Home Workers
16 January-16 February

Information about a hoard of Iron Age objects which have been handed over to Wakefield Museum

Details of the Local and Family History Network meetings in 2019

The BBC Genome project
































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