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Lecture Notes 2015-2016


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Discover Wakefield's History

The Society's History

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The Gissing Trust


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Wakefield Waterfront

The Road to Fotheringhay


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 and organise talks and short courses. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, a quarterly newsletter and a Society Journal containing original research. 

Activities for members include historical and archaeological investigations and the transcribing and indexing of original documents.

coming events

The next Summer Excursion is on Friday 1st July to Shanks' Recycling Plant at South Kirby (make your own way). The next coach excursion is on Wednesday 13th July to Oakham and Barnsdale Gardens. Excursions are only open to members of Wakefield Historical Society or Wakefield Civic Society and their guests.

Full details of the Society's Summer Excursions and a downloadable booking form are on the same page.


A description of the visit to Melton Mowbray and Harlaxton Manor near Grantham on 15th June has been added to the Recent Events page.

Wakefield Roll of Honour from World War One has been added to Discover Wakefield's History.
On the same page is a new article about the inauguration in 1882 of the Wakefield Tradesmen's Benevolent Institution, and the grand parade that included an elephant and camels.

Please note that there are new contact details for the Gissing Trust

Information recently added to the News page:

The Court House and Wood Street project

How Wakefield Grew: the town and its plans and places Saturday 23 July 2016

Medieval day at Leeds City Museum Sunday 3 July 2016

Rievaulx Abbey new visitor experience opened on 28 May

Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard

CBA Festival of Archaeology 13 – 31 July 2016

Research Project on the Oaks Colliery Disaster in 1866
















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