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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 10 April, Old Restaurant in the Town Hall, 7.30pm.
Wakefield's Historic Development and Special Architecture by Peter Thornborrow, historic buildings specialist and author of 50 Buildings in Wakefield.

An additional talk on Thursday 9 May has been added to our Lecture Programme: Women of Westminster - the legacy of Yorkshire's first woman MP, Alice Bacon
by Rachel Reeves.

Reports on the Society's AGM on 13 March, a Forgotten Women of Wakefield event on 9 March, a talk at Destiny Church on 14 February and the CBA Yorkshire AGM and Yorkshire Archaeology Day on 2 February have been added to Recent Events

Notes have been added about the talk on 13 February 2019: Potwallopers: the story of Britain's first secret ballot, Pontefract 1872. Lecture Notes

Information recently added to the News page:

WarGen oral history project

Events at Chantry Chapel: talk about the Beaufort Family, and performance by Leeds Waits.

Events at West Yorkshire History centre in March and April

Historic England 'Heritage at Risk' in the Wakefield area

50 Years of Lotherton, exhibitions celebrating Leeds acquiring the Hall.

Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group Day School, Saturday 23 March

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

Change of subject for the 25 March Local and Family History Group at Wakefield One Library to the rescheduled talk on Louisa Fennell.

Details of the Local and Family History Network meetings in 2019

































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