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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 hosted by Wakefield Civic Society. Merran McRae, Chief Executive, Wakefield Council, will be the speaker. This meeting is open only to members of Wakefield Historical Society and Wakefield Civic Society and their personal guests. Please note the different day and venue: Thursday 17 January 2019, 7.30pm, The Kingswood Suite, Wakefield Town HallĀ 

There is now a dedicated page for book reviews. These are primarily about recent books of local interest. Two new reviews have been added: "A Parish at War" edited by Hilary Haigh, and "Nineteenth Century Circus Poster Art" by Steve Ward

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:

Talks at the Manygates History Group

Talks at the Royal Armouries, 10th and 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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