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Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

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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.

The next lecture will be on Wednesday 13th February, Elizabethan Gallery, Brook Street, 7.30pmPotwallopers: the story of Britain’s first secret ballot, Pontefract 1872, by John Whitaker, Wakefield Museums Curatorial and Collections Officer.

A summary of the talks on 10th October, The Circus: Past-Present-Future, by Steve Ward and 14th November: Some Other and Wider Destiny: Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and the Great War have been added to Lecture Notes 2018-2019

The Society's Christmas dinner at the Town Hall is described on the Recent Events page.

Information recently added to the News page:

Yorkshire Historical Dictionary now online

Talks at the Manygates History Group

Talk at the Royal Armouries, 24th January

Exhibition ot the Brotherton Library: These Four Walls, a secret History of Women Home Workers
16 January-16 February

Curator Talk at Nostell Priory, 22 January

Information about a hoard of Iron Age objects which have been handed over to Wakefield Museum

Details of the Local and Family History Network meetings in 2019

The BBC Genome project
































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