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The Society's History

Joining the Society


chantry meeting

Currently the Society has nearly a hundred members.  Some members have been studying local history for many years, others come to learn a little about their locality's past. The Society is always keen to involve members in  activities and projects.  

The Council

The Council is elected at the March Annual General Meeting each year. It meets four or five times a year to organise activities, to discuss and respond to relevant local issues, and to share research interests. 

The  2015-16 council:

President: Pam Judkins

Treasurer: Lorraine Simpson

Secretary: Phil Judkins

Membership and Assistant Secretary: Jo Heron

Lecture Secretary: Lesley Taylor

Excursions Secretary: Geoff Wood

Web Manager: Shirley Levon

Vice-Presidents: Deborah Scriven, Brian Thomas and Lesley Taylor

Council members: Gary Brannan, David Scriven, Linda Smith, Jodie Ineson, Ken Rowley


Our President

Our President is Pam Judkins, elected in March 2012. Pam has been an active and involved member of the Society for many years. She is an experienced archaeologist; having worked previously as Keeper of Archaeology for Wakefield MDC, she recently retired as the Collections Manager. She led the Pontefract to Fotheringhay Project in 2010, and is currently leading the Wakefield Waterfront Project for the Society.

Pam President


Deborah Scriven has maintained an interest in local history over many years, being a founder and active member of the Ossett Historical Society since the late 1970s. In 1997 she became the Local Studies librarian for Wakefield, which brought her into contact with local and family historians from across the world. Since taking early retirement in 2010, she has continued to be involved in both research and voluntary projects . She joined the Wakefield Historical Society Council in 1998 and was Lecture Secretary 2002-2011.

Lesley Taylor has been Lecture Secretary of our Society for several years. Following an MA by Dissertation on the subject of eighteenth century Wakefield completed in 2006 she has continued her research into the town in this period, writing journal articles and giving talks. She has also produced two books in collaboration with our Web Manager, Shirley Levon.

Brian Thomas's particular interest is in archaeology.