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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 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

Our next Society meeting is on Wednesday 9th November at Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm
Slavery in Yorkshire:
The historical significance and reputation of Richard Oastler who launched the ten-hour factory movement to protect child labour in Yorkshire factories. Dr John A Hargreaves, FRHistS, FHA, FSA.


A summary of John Goodchild's talk on 14 September: Gil Moody's Journal: the story, work, and adventures of an 18th Century middle-class gentleman has been added to Lecture Notes

A report on the day conference Wakefield's Medieval Bridge and Chantry Chapel on 1st October, the visit to Lancaster and Morecambe on the 20th September, and the event at Newmillerdam Boathouse on 10/11 September, have been added to the Recent Events page.

Information recently added to the News page:

The Launch of the Wood Street Project on 12 October

Details of the Yorkshire in History Group programme

Harrogate History Festival 20 - 23 October

The Requiem Mass for Richard, Duke of York on 30 December at Chantry Chapel

National Archives conservation of Kirkgate Station Map

University of York public lecture on 18 October

Romans and Natives in Central England; Conference on 29 October

West Yorkshire Textile Heritage Project




















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