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Wakefield district is rich in heritage. We know that heritage is important and relevant to everybody’s lives. Exploring our history helps to inspire our communities to know who they are and where they come from. We must ensure that our heritage passes on to future generations. 

Heritage Framework

In 2022-2023, we carried out extensive engagement led by our consultants Heritage Lincolnshire. We met with the local community, societies, councillors, council staff, and heritage sites. 

Our Heritage, Our stories - A Heritage Framework for Wakefield District has developed from our engagement. It outlines our principles, themes, and objectives for heritage.

These themes and objectives will guide current and future heritage opportunities and projects. The Heritage Framework is for individuals, community groups, organisations, employees, and other stakeholders.

You can download the full version of the Heritage Framework. There is also a highlights version outlining the principles, themes and objectives:

Full version (PDF)

Highlights version (PDF) 

Heritage projects

These case studies show different ways of protecting and celebrating the heritage of our district. From community-led heritage projects to Council-led regeneration, and creative explorations of heritage.

They include:

Our Stories 

Our Stories is part of the Our Year – Wakefield District 2024 programme. Our Year will host 366 days of culture. Our Stories will explore and celebrate the diversity and richness of our district’s heritage and traditions. We want to tell our stories to the world and share our passion for our district as a great place to live, work and grow. For more information visit www.ouryear2024.co.uk.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to connect with a wider heritage network, please contact us at heritage@wakefield.gov.uk.

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