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 next meeting on 14th February is 'Nationalised Wakefield Collieries and a brief history of the Mines Rescue Service' by Eddie Downes, author of 'Yorkshire Collieries 1947-1994',
Chantry Chapel, Wakefield at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, but a donation of £2 is requested.
Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield
Find out more about our present project which explores the rich heritage of Wood Street and the institutions and businesses which have existed there over the years: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield.
Please note that subscriptions for 2018-2019 are now due.
Brief accounts of the Society meeting on 13th December about Pablo Fanque's Circus, and our Society's Christmas dinner on 20th December have been added to Recent Events. Also on this page is an account of a visit on the 6th January to the 'Skeletons' exhibition ot Leeds City Museum.
A summary of our meeting on 13th December "Oh Susannah" by Joe Williams, (Heritage Corner), and Deborah Sanderson, (Urban Angels), can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018
Information recently added to the News page:
Historic England HERITAGE AT RISK in the Wakefield District 2017
Book Review 'Some Other and Wider Destiny' the story of Wakefield Grammar School Foundation pupils in WW1
Events at the West Yorkshire History Centre in January
Spring lecture programme at the University of York
Dewsbury to be made a Heritage Action Zone by Historic England
Programme for the Yorkshire in History Group
Programmes for the Local and Family History Network, Wakefield Group and Ossett and Horbury Group