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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 next Summer Excursions is a coach excursion to the Lion Salt Works, the Anderton Boat Lift and Knutsford on 18th July.

A brief description of our visit to Cawthorne Jubilee Museum and village on 11th July has been added to Recent Events.

Information about our Lecture Programme for winter 2019-2020 has been added. The first lecture is on Wednesday 11th September, 7.30pm in the Old Restaurant at Wakefield Town Hall. Gaynor Haliday will be speaking on 'Struggle and Suffrage in Wakefield: Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality'.

Information recently added to the News page:

Walk and talk: Archaeology and Folklore of Lowe Hill, Thornes Park

South Leeds Archaeology, The Knight Templars of Temple Newsam, 24 July

Calderdale Heritage Walks

Kinsley Evictions Commemorative Guided Walk Saturday 20 July

Royal Armouries anniversary of Cloth of Gold in 2020, re-creating a Tudor helmet

Festival of Archaeology 13 - 28 July 2019, website open for registration and information about events

































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