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.
Wednesday 11 April, Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm
The talk at our next meeting is: Object Voices: Interpreting all our stories at the Mental Health Museum, Fieldhead, Wakefield by Cara Sutherland, Museum Curator.
This year is the 200th anniversary of the opening of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum (Stanley Royd). The Museum is one of only three in the country and houses a remarkable collection of mental health related objects that span the history of mental health care from the early 19th century through to the present day.
More information: Mental Health Museum
A new publication: 'Guide to Historic Buildings in Wakefield' is now available to purchase.
More information: Publications
Find out about the 'Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield, Celebration Event', held on 10th March, and the banners now up and flying!: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield.
A summary of our talk on 14th February: Tales from the Big House: Temple Newsam, by Steve Ward, can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018
Information recently added to the News page:
New programmes for the Local and Family History Network, Wakefield Group and Ossett and Horbury Group