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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

Our next Summer Excursion is on Tuesday 21st August, a 'make-your-own-way' visit to Leeds Discovery Centre. For information about these and other excursions and a booking form please see: Summer Excursions. Please note these are only open to members of the Society and their guests.


The Lecture Pogramme for 2018-2019 is now available. The first lecture is on 12th September at the Elizabethan Gallery, Brook Street (please note new venue): The development of pit banners and trade unions in the mining industry by Anne Bradley, Curator of Social and Oral History at the National Coal Mining Museum.

The excursion to Rochdale on the 9th August and the study group walk along Westgate on 14th August are described on the Recent Events page.

Information about the 2018 exhibition at at the Gissing Centre has been added: The Gissing Trust

A list of research topics has been added to: Wood Street: Heart of Wakefield

Information recently added to the News page:

Society for Church Archaeology Conference 14-16 September.

Links to Heritage Open Days in our area, September

Event at Leeds Central Library 22 August: The Measure of the Moon

Event at University of Leeds, 29 September: New Approaches to the North: A Colloquium in Memory of Gordon Forster

Symposium on James Paine, Cusworth Hall, October 4th

Sharing memories and Stories of the 'Winter of Discontent' at Leeds Library, 18th August

'Wars of the Roses Abridged' Tour, 14th and 15th September, Wakefield

Invitation to WW1 Memorial Event, 20 September

Visit of researcher into Wakefield Mystery Plays





























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