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.
Our next Summer Excursions are a make-your-own-way visit to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School on 29th August and a coach excursion to Gorton Monastery and Bramall Hall on 3rd September
New on the website:
Commemorating the bicentenary of Ruskin's birth a new article 'John Ruskin and Wakefield' by Lesley Taylor has been added to Discover Wakefield's History
Description of visits to Cawthorne Jubilee Museum and village on 11th July and to the Lion Salt Works, the Anderton Boat Lift and Knutsford on 18 July have been added to Recent Events.
A review of Gaynor Haliday's book 'Struggle and Suffrage in Wakefield' has been added to Book Reviews
Information about our Lecture Programme for winter 2019-2020 has been added. The first lecture is on Wednesday 11th September, 7.30pm in the Old Restaurant at Wakefield Town Hall. Gaynor Haliday will be speaking on 'Struggle and Suffrage in Wakefield: Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality'.
Information recently added to the News page:
Heritage Open Day at the Hepworth
Walks in September by Wakefield Civic Society
Autumn programme for South Leeds Archaeology
Calderdale Heritage Walks in September
Society for Clay Pipe Research Annual Conference 2019, 7/8 September, Sheffield
York International Card Expo. 30/31 August York Racecourse
Public courses at the University of York, 2019-2020
Appointment for Society Member at the Borthwick Institute