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Local Societies

If you are interested in joining a local history or archaeology group there are dozens for you to choose from. Some of West Yorkshire’s larger towns may even have several organizations which are interested in the heritage of their community.

Te following organizations have given us their permission to place their contact details on our website. All of them hold regular events and meetings. Several also carry out their own research and fieldwork. There should be something here to suit everyone interests. The entries have been arranged by town to help you find to nearest organization to you.

Perhaps you are already a member of a local history or archaeology group. If your details are not already here, or they need updating, please email wyher@wyjs.org.uk with the relevant details.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the details given in this list are accurate and up to date. If you spot any inaccuracies please let us know and we will endeavour to correct them. The site was last updated in December 2010.

 

Please note that the views, opinions and interpretations expressed on any of the society websites to which this page is linked are those of their authors. They may not represent the opinions and policies of the WYAAS and the link should not be taken as any form of validation.

 

 

Adel History Group

Mrs E Ann Lightman (Hon. Secretary)
5 Wharfe Close
Adel
Leeds
LS16 8JE
Tel: 0113 2611363
E-mail: cvlightman@tiscali.co.uk
Website: www.adelassociation.org.uk

 


The Armley Society
Miss Joan Ramell (Secretary)
36 Brooklyn Avenue
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS12 2BS
Tel: 0113 2636020

 

 

Baildon Local History Society
Stewart Main (Secretary)
Acrehowe Rise
Baildon
Shipley
BD17 6TH
Tel: 1274 598865
E-mail: jean.main@virgin.net

 

 

Barwick-in-Elmet Historical Society
Mr Geoff Thornton (Chairman)
8 Richmondfield Lane
Barwick-in-Elmet
Leeds
LS15 4EZ
E-mail: thornton515@btinternet.com
Website: www.barwickinelmethistoricalsociety.com

 

 

Beeston Local History Society
Mr Frank Goddard (Chairman),
38, Grovehall Parade,
Beeston,
Leeds,
LS11 7AE
Tel: 0113 226 3379

 

 

Bingley and District Local History Society
John Croasdale (Secretary)
Website: www.bingleyhistory.co.uk

 

 

Boston Spa Archaeology and Heritage Group
Malcolm Barnes (Chairman)
2 Rievaulx Close
Boston Spa
Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 6RT
Tel: 01937 844115
Website: www.bostonspaheritage.co.uk

 

 

Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society
Mrs A Holmes (Secretary)
The Haven
9 Keighley Road
Cullingworth
Bradford
BD13 5JA
Tel: 01535 273265
E-mail: angela9haven@hotmail.com

 

The Boston Spa Archaeology and Heritage Group has recently being carrying out a survey of stone gateposts in the township of Clifford. This kind of project is one which would suit many local groups wishing to get more practically involved with their local heritage. For full details visit the BSAHG website.

 

 

Bramley History Society
Mrs Brenda Lees (Secretary)
12 Vesper Close
Kirkstall
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS5 3SB
Tel: 0113 2789003
Website: www.bramleyhistory.co.uk

 

 

Castleford & District Historical Society
Miss M Lound (Secretary)
20 Castle Syke View
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 4NB
Tel: 01977 707132
For details of forthcoming events click here.

 

 

The Cullingworth History Group
Derek Goff (Chairman)
13 Sunningdale Crescent
Cullingworth
West Yorkshire
BD13 5BA

Telephone: 01535 272190
Email: pat_derek@btinternet.com

 


Dudley Hill Local History Group
David Sharp (Secretary)
12 Leonard Street
Wyke
Bradford
BD12 9PU
Tel: 01274 677071
E-mail: david@crackinband.fa.co.uk

 

 

East Keswick Local History Group
Liz Parr (Secretary)
East Mount
Cleavesty Lane
East Keswick
Leeds
LS17 9EZ
Tel: 01937 572867
E-mail: liz@eastmount.demon.co.uk
Website: www.eastkeswick.org.uk

 

 

East Leeds History and Archaeology Society
Robert Lawrence ( President )
16 Manston Drive
Cross Gates
Leeds
LS15 8RA
E-mail: el-has@ntlworld.com
Website: www.elhas.org.uk

 

 

Farnley Local History Group
Mrs A Lambert (acting Secretary)
71 Low Moor Side
New Farnley
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS12 5EA

 

 

Featherstone Historical Society
Tony Lumb, Margaret Townend (Joint Chair)
21 Albert Street Featherstone Library and
Featherstone Community Centre
West Yorkshire
WF7 5EX
Tel: 01977 794660
E-mail: tony.lumb@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

Garforth Historical Society
Mrs Vera Willis (Secretary)
2 Barley Hill Crescent
Garforth
Leeds
LS25 1ED
Tel: 0113 2863524
Website: http://www.histsocgarforth.zoomshare.com/

 

 

Halifax Antiquarian Society
Anne Kirker(Secretary)
356 Oldham Road
Sowerby Bridge
HX6 4QU
email: halifaxantiquarian@gmail.com
Website: http://www.halifaxhistory.org.uk/

 

 

Huddersfield & District Archaeological Society
Miss S. J. Harling (Secretary)
Tel: 01484 511400
E-mail: hdas@btinternet.com
Website: www.Huddarch.org.uk

 

 

Huddersfield & District Family History Society
Alan Stewart-Kaye (Secretary)
26 Ledgard Wharf
Mirfield
West Yorkshire
WF14 8NZ
Tel: 01924 493670
E-mail: secretary@hdfhs.org.uk
Website: www.hdfhs.org.uk

 

 

Huddersfield Local History Society
Howard Robinson (Chairman)
7 Priestly Grove
Bankfield Park
Huddersfield
HD4 7RG
Tel: 01484 429055
Website: www.huddersfieldhistory.org.uk

 

 

Idle; Friends of Buck Wood
(Replacing Idle & Thackley Heritage Group)
Dr. Eileen White (History Officer)
41 Westfield Lane
Idle
Bradford
BD10 8PY
Tel: 01274 610703

 

 

Ilkley: Olicana Historical Society (Ilkley)
Ron Samuel ( Hon. Secretary )
Tel: 01943 601160

 

 

Keighley & District Local Historical Society
Andy Wade (Chairman)
21, Providence Lane
Oakworth
Keighley
West Yorkshire
BD22 7QU
Tel: 07792 665336
E-mail: andy@kdlhs.org.uk
Website: www.keighleyhistory.co.uk

 

 

Kippax & District Historical Society
Edgar N Pickles ( Hon. Treasurer )
8 Hall Park Croft
Kippax
Leeds
LS25 7QF
Tel: 0113 2864785

 


Knottingley District Civic Society
J P Bedford ( Secretary)
16 Ferrybridge Road
Knottingley
WF11 8JF
Tel: 01977 672724
E-mail: J.PBedford@btopenworld.com

 

 

Leeds: Friends of Wykebeck Woods
Dr Byron Roberts (President)
9 Ladywood Mead
Leeds
LS8 2LZ
Tel: 0113 2933193
E- mail: bryon.roberts@ntlworld.com

 

 

Mirfield: John Wheelwright Archaeological Society
Christine Clayborough (Secretary)
44 Shillbank Lane
Mirfield
Dewsbury
WF14 0DU
Tel: 01924 492507
E-mail: Potandclay@AOL.com

 

 

Ossett Historical Society
David Scriven (President)
20 Fairfield Gardens
Ossett
WF5 0LX
Tel: 01924 277785
E-mail: dascriven@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.wdco.org/site/Ossett-and-District-Historical-Society/index.htm

 

 

Pollington History Group
Margaret Tones (Secretary)
12, Canal Garth
Pollington
East Yorkshire
DN14 0HF

Tel: 01405 860764

 

 

Pontefract Civic Society
Paul Cartwright
Secretary
Pontefract Civic Society
39 Mill Hill Avenue
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 4JH
Tel: 01977 708658
E-mail: pontecivicsociety@gmail.com:

 

 

Pontefract & District Archaeological Society
Eric Houlder (Chairman )
31 Fairview
Carleton
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 3NT
Tel: 01977 702995
E-mail: erichoulder@googlemail.com

 

 

Pontefract & District Local History Society
Mr H Pickard (Treasurer)
23 St. Michael’s Avenue
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 4QX
Tel: 01977 703529

 

 

Pontefract History Group
Michael Holdsworth
(Secretary)
9 Sowbridge Road
Ferrybridge
Knottingley
WF11 0BN
Tel: 0759 538542
Email: micheal.holdsworth2@btopenworld.com

 

 

Pudsey Civic Society
Mrs Jackie Depelle (Chair)
P O Box 146
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS28 8WY
Tel: 0113 2360253
E-mail: depellejg@aol.com
Website: www.pcs–online.org.uk

 

 

Rothwell & District Historical Society
Simon Bulmer (Secretary)
C/o 1 St. Georges Crescent
Rothwell
Leeds
LS26 0RN
Tel: 0113 2827283
E-mail: rothwellhistory@btinternet.com

 

 

Snaith Historical Society
Mr R J Christian (Secretary)
Park View
57 High Street
East Cowick
Nr Goole
East Riding
Yorkshire
DN14 9EP
Tel: 01405 860655

 

 

South Leeds Archaeology
Paul Boothroyd
Chairman
38 Alma St
Woodlesford
Leeds
LS26 8PN
Tel: 0113 383 1746
Email: Paul.Boothroyd@dsl.pipex.com

 

 

The Thoresby Society – The Leeds Historical Society
Eve Bradford Hon. Secretary)
‘Claremont’
23 Clarendon Road
Leeds
W. Yorkshire
LS2 9NZ
Tel: 0113 2740704
E- mail: secretary@thoresby.org.uk
Website: www.thoresby.org.uk

 

 

Thorner & District Historical Society
Mrs Gwen Brown (Secretary)
Kirkfield House
Bramham Road
Thorner
Leeds
LS14 3EJ
Tel: 0113 2893372
E-mail: gwenbrown@btinternet.com

 

 

Todmorden Antiquarian Society
Josephine Dickinson (Secretary)
11 Keswick Close
Cross Lee Road
Todmorden
Ol14 8EJ
Tel: 01706 815016
Email: josephinedickinson@hotmail.com

 

 

Upper Worth Valley Group
Stephen Wood (Chairman)
8 Stone Street
Haworth
Keighley
BD22 8BN
Tel: 01525 445735
Email: SCW.haworth@googlemail.com

 

 

Upton and North Elmsall History Group
Mrs Lorna Harris (Secretary)
Poplar Farm Bungalow
Richmond Road
Upton
Pontefract
WF9 1HP

 

 

Wakefield Earth Mysteries & Pagan Moot
Steve Jones (Organizer)
41 Fenton Road
Lee Moor
Stanley
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF3 4ER
Tel: 01924 824700
E-mail: paganjones7@compuserve.com

 

 

Wakefield Civic Society
Michael O’Donnell (Secretary)
P O Box 380
Wakefield
WF1 3WT
Tel: 07967 516841
E- mail: info@wakefieldcivicsociety.org.uk
Website: www.wakefieldcivicsociety.org.uk

 

 

Wakefield Historical Society
Kate Taylor (President)
19 Pinders Grove
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 4AH
Tel: 01924 372748
E-mail: kate@airtime.co.uk
Website: www.wakefieldhistoricalsoc.org.uk

 

 

Wetherby Historical Society
Mr M W Bale (Chairman)
7 Hayton Drive
Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS22 6RW
Tel: 01937 520180

 

 

Wyke Local History
Mrs M Barstow (Secretary )
97 Green Lane
Wyke
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD12 8LE
Tel: 01274 678502

 

 

Regional Organisations

 

 

The Brontë Society
Ann Dinsdale (Collections Manager )
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Church Street
Haworth
Keighley
West Yorkshire
BD22 8DR
Tel: 01535 642323
E-mail: bronte@bronte.org.uk
Website: www.bronte.info

 

Council for British Archaeology (Yorkshire)

Louise Mallinson
Hon Secretary
45 Frank Lane
Thornhill,
Dewsbury,
WF12 OJW
Email: secretary@cba-yorkshire.org.uk
Website: http://www.cba-yorkshire.org.uk


 

The Northern Antiquarian Group
Paul Bennett,
64 Bracken Bank Avenue,
Keighley,
West Yorkshire,
BD22 7AD.
Tel: 01535 600015
Email: megalithix@gmail.com
Website: http://megalithix.wordpress.com

 

Pennine Heritage
David Fletcher (Chairman)
Birchcliffe Centre
Hebden Bridge
HX7 8DG
Tel: 01422 844450
E-mail: defletcher@btconnect.com

 

 

Yorkshire Archaeological Society
Mrs J Heron (Hon. Secretary)
Claremont
23 Clarendon Road
Leeds
LS2 9NZ
Tel: 0113 245 7910
E-mail: yas.secretary@googlemail.com
Website: http://www.yas.org.uk/

 

 

Yorkshire Dales Society
Mrs Anne Webster
Administrator
Town Hall
Settle
North Yorkshire
BD 24 9EJ
Tel: 01729 825600
Email: info@yds.org.uk
Website: www.yds.org.uk


 


 

 

 

 

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