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Lecture Programme

Lecture Notes 2017-2018


Recent Events

Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Coming Events

Summer Excursions

Discover Wakefield's History

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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

Our next Summer Excursions ison Tuesday 17th July, a coach excursion to Filey and Cayton. For information about these and other excursions and a booking form please see: Summer Excursions. Please note these are only open to members of the Society and their guests.


The first meeting of the study group at West Yorkshire History Centre met on 2nd July, please see the Recent Events page. The visit to Rotherham on 9th July is described on the same page.

A new publication: 'Guide to Historic Buildings in Wakefield' is now available to purchase.
More information: Publications

A list of research topics has been added to: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Information recently added to the News page:

Visit of researcher into Wakefield Mystery Plays

Re-opening of Calderdale Archives

Excavation of bath house at St Swithin's Well, Stanley

Yorkshire History Prize - call for entries

Heritage of Walton project seeking information about Walton Colliery banner

Update on the re-opening of Calderdale Archives (Halifax)

Workshops for 'Forgotten Women of Wakefield'




























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