Wakefield Civic Society - an organisation dedicated to making Wakefield a better place in which to live, work or relax.
Whether you are a resident or a visitor to Wakefield, the Society can offer something of interest. We run a full programme of events throughout the year. From talks and social events to guided walks and excursions, there is something for everyone. Our members receive copies of our regular newsletter and have opportunities to take part in the debate on how Wakefield develops.
The Society was established in 1964 out of a concern for the built environment of our city. As a registered charity (number 236034), the Society is dedicated both to preserving and celebrating our built heritage and to campaigning for new developments to be of the very highest standard and quality possible. We regularly scrutinise planning applications submitted to the council and raise comments where we consider it appropriate to do so. We also discuss proposals for new developments with property owners, developers and council officials in order to help improve outcomes.
Membership of the Society is open to anyone sharing our ideals and details of how to join can be found on our membership pages.
The Society is run by a committee of elected volunteers who receive no remuneration for their work.
A copy of the Society's constitution is available here:
Our Blue Plaque Scheme
The Society has an established blue plaque scheme. Our plaques tell the story of local buildings, local people and local events.
We put up our first blue plaques in 1995 and now have over 40 plaques in place. We are always happy to receive nominations for new plaques although we do have to find funding for each new plaque and somewhere appropriate to erect the plaque. Accepting a nomination doesn't always lead to a new plaque going up straight away.
If you are interested in making a nomination, have a look at our guidance note here. If you wish to make a nomination, download and complete our nomination form here. Once completed, the nomination form can be emailed back to us or posted to our office address (details are on the form).