Celebrating Wood Street – the Heart of Wakefield

07/03/2018, PR8757

Wood Street, Wakefield
Celebrating the history of Wood Street, Wakefield

Wakefield Council is inviting residents to celebrate the rich heritage of Wood Street.

The Council teamed up with Wakefield Historical Society, Wakefield Civic Society and Leeds Beckett University to unveil the stories of Wood Street, in Wakefield’s city centre.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the ‘Heart of Wakefield’ project, was awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the rich history of the Wood Street area – from its beginnings to present day.

Residents are welcome to come and celebrate the findings of the project at the free event on Saturday 10 March, 11am – 3pm, at Wakefield Town Hall.

The event showcases interesting facts and findings through performances, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: “This is a really exciting project that is celebrating the rich and varied social history of one of our most historic streets. Many residents have shared their experiences of living and working in Wood Street and these important memories have all been captured in this fantastic exhibition, bringing the stories to life. Please come along and see for yourself.”

David Renwick, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said “We are delighted to support the Celebrating Wood Street – the heart of Wakefield project. The film screenings this weekend are a great opportunity for people to delve into the past and discover the exciting heritage right at the heart of the city thanks to money raised by National Lottery players”

Wood Street film screenings will take place at 11.45am, 1pm and 2.40pm and will last around 20 minutes. Residents can also enjoy performances of ‘Oh! Susannah’ at 12.10pm and 1.55pm in the Kingswood Suite. This is a tribute to Britain’s first black Victorian circus owner, Pablo Fanque, whose circus often performed on Wood Street with his wife Susannah.

People can also drop into the silk painting workshop from 11am to 3pm in the Old Courtroom and visit the project exhibition at the same time.

For more information please contact
HLFHeartofWakefield@wakefield.gov.uk  

Wood Street, Wakefield
Celebrating the history of Wood Street, Wakefield

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