About

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.

The Society employs no staff and is run by an Executive Committee made up of volunteer trustees. The Executive Committee manages the affairs of the Society according to the governing document, the Society’s Constitution.

Although an independent charity, we are part of a national civic society movement and proud to be a member of both Civic Voice, the national organisation for the movement, and YHACS, the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies, our regional association.

We are also members of SPAB, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and NOVA, the support agency for the voluntary and community sector in Wakefield District.