Members of the group have researched these topics:
- Charles Watson, Architect of Wood Street
- Events at the Music Saloon 1823 – 1855
- Transported beyond the Seas
- Elections in Wakefield: Riot and Corruption
- Wakefield’s Savings Bank
- The Crystal Palace in Miniature; Wakefield’s Exhibition 1865
- A Life’s Morning: George Gissing walks to Wood Street, 1865
- Ironmongers of Wood Street: Holdsworth’s
- The Court in Victorian Wakefield
- Policing in Victorian Wakefield
- Guns, Toys and Alphabets: Eagle Press and its Predecessors
- Royal Events in Wakefield
- Wood Street in 1901
- Miners’ Events in Wakefield
Although most of the research is completed, if you have a particular interest in any of these topics, or have significant information about them, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided walk of Wood Street area
Wednesday, 23rd May at 12 noon, starting from Wakefield Town Hall.
The walk, lasting about 90 minutes, was led by Kevin Trickett MBE, President of Wakefield Civic Society.
Good to see the banners flying in Wood St for the project!
Celebration event 10th March 2017
Deborah Scriven describing her research into the Industrial Exhibition in Wakefield in 1865
John Whitaker of Wakefield Museum practising tightrope walking with the players of ‘Oh Susannah’.
Some twenty volunteer researchers, mainly from our Society, carried out a mass of investigations, perusing papers in archives, libraries, and on-line, recording oral histories from those with knowledge and memories of Wood Street’s buildings, offices and shops, and writing up the information for future generations of researchers.
The Celebration Event in Wakefield Town Hall brought together this mountain of work and presented it in all its formats. There were three performances of ‘Oh Susanna!’ to set firmly on record Wood Street’s connection with Victorian Circus owner and equestrian Pablo Fanque. Wakefield Civic Society and our Society had stalls where visitors were able to see the researchers’ papers on 16 fascinating subjects, with illustrative wall displays. Our researchers also presented short summaries of their findings across a very broad range of topics.
In the Civic Society room, there were three showings of the Heart of Wakefield DVD created by One-to-One during the project.
The event was well attended and considerable interest was shown, with visitors spending time to read the folders describing our research.
Museum display cases
Two Museum cases in the vestibule of Wakefield One housed displays linked to the project, with information and artefacts to do with photographers on Wood Street, and Music at the Mechanics Institute.
These banners on silk were created by a group working with Tony Wade and Faceless Arts as part of their involvement in the project. They were on display in the Cathedral in November.