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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 Lecture Pogramme for 2018-2019 is now available. The next lecture is on 14th November at the Elizabethan Gallery, Brook Street: Some Other and Wider Destiny: Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and the Great War by Elaine Merckx, Archivist, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Neal Rigby, Former Head of History QEGS.

Additional excursion: Monday, 22nd October – Make your own way visit to Leeds University Campus, Brotherton Library and University Art Gallery. Summer Excursions

Information recently added to the News page:

South Yorkshire Archaeology Day, 1st December, Sheffield

Wakefield Socialist History Group 'Class Conflict in the Countryside'27th October, 1pm to 4pm, Wakefield Labour Club (The Red Shed) 

York Archaeological Conference, Exploring Roman York, Looking Back, Looking Forward, Saturday 17th November 2018

Lecture: The Jewel in the Crown, Loyalty and Royalty in Queen Victoria's India, 13 November, York

Opportunity to volunteer at Brodsworth Hall

Book review of 'Beside the Seaside' by John Heywood































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