In partnership with the Wakefield Civic Society, architectural historian, writer and broadcaster Dr Jonathan Foyle makes a long-awaited return to the city.

This new talk will examine the origins of Yorkshire’s symbol – the white rose – to reveal its true symbolic meaning. The five-petalled flower was forged in a medieval past of saints and superstition that was intended to be erased. Fortunately, enough survives that we can link the clues.

Dr Foyle is an author of seven books on great buildings, a former curator at Hampton Court and now lecturer at the University of Bath. He is best known for broadcasts on history including Climbing Great Buildings, Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? and more recently Secrets of the Royal Palaces.

This talk forms part of the Wakefield Civic Society at 60 programme of special events for 2024 and is not to be missed! The event is open to all – you do not need to be a member of the Society to attend. For more information about the Wakefield Civic Society, visit wakefieldcivicsociety.org.uk/

Key to the North

Join us throughout the year for an aspirational series of talks and events around the Wakefield district.

Key to the North will encourage people to engage with new topics, acquire new skills and develop new creative interests. Talks, lectures and events will shine a light on the district’s and Yorkshire’s rich heritage and popular culture. Find out more at ouryear2024.co.uk

Venue Details

Find us at

Mulberry Way, Wakefield, WF1 2QN


01924 583737