For our February talk, we are delighted to welcome back Chris Hill. Chris will be familiar to many of you for his work in bringing Unity Hall back into use.
For this talk, Chris will tell us something about the other refurbishment projects he has helped to mastermind in Leeds and Sheffield, explaining something about the process – and the problems encountered along the way. The talk will start at 7.30 pm.
Join us on Wednesday, 13th January, at Unity Works for our annual joint meeting with Wakefield Historical Society when the topic will be the work that has been undertaken not only to refurbish Kirkgate Station but also to research the history of the station and the surrounding area.Read More
The regeneration of Wakefield city centre and surrounding areas continues apace. Following on from proposals to redevelop the Kirkgate area, Wakefield Council has recently announced plans for the Civic Quarter around Wood Street. The Society has been very supportive of the regeneration work carried out so far and we have invited the Council's James Stephenson, Senior Development Manager for Wakefield, to update members on all the latest plans.Read More
Join us for a free event at The Orangery when writer and lecturer David Winpenny will be talking about Pyramids in Yorkshire and Beyond. Doors open at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.Read More
From architecture to art, furniture to fashion, and much more besides, Art Deco has been one of the most enduring styles of the modern age. Although coined only in the 1960s, the term ‘Art Deco’ describes one of the most important design movements of the 20th Century. Taking its inspirations from ancient Egypt and the primitive art forms of America and Africa, the innovative, streamlined and decorative elegance of Art Deco reached its zenith in the 1920s and 30s but continues to influence design today. Original items from the period are now highly collectable but manufacturers frequently incorporate elements of Art Deco style into their current ranges.
Come along to our free talk to hear more.Read More
The next talk in our autumn programme will be given by Leeds-based author Rob Godfrey who will talk about his book, Imbolc, part one of Year of the Celt, a saga set in the Wharfedale valley in and around Otley 2,500 years ago.
This is a free event open to Society members and their guests and members of the public. The Orangery Café will be open at 7.00 pm. Teas and coffees will be available at the end of the talk.Read More