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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.

Coming events

Wednesday 11 April, Chantry Chapel, 7.30pm

The talk at our next meeting is: Object Voices: Interpreting all our stories at the Mental Health Museum, Fieldhead, Wakefield by Cara Sutherland, Museum Curator.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the opening of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum (Stanley Royd). The Museum is one of only three in the country and houses a remarkable collection of mental health related objects that span the history of mental health care from the early 19th century through to the present day.

More information: Mental Health Museum


A new publication: 'Guide to Historic Buildings in Wakefield' is now available to purchase.
More information: Publications

Find out about the 'Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield, Celebration Event', held on 10th March: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield.

A summary of our talk on 14th February: Tales from the Big House: Temple Newsam, by Steve Ward, can be found on Lecture Notes 2017-2018

Information recently added to the News page:

Day Conference-Town and Country: Vernacular Buildings in the Yorkshire Landscape, 17th March

West Yorkshire History Centre, Archive Surgery, Thursday 22 March

New programmes for the Local and Family History Network, Wakefield Group and Ossett and Horbury Group


























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