Doncaster Heritage Festival 28 April – 13 May 2018

The 8th annual Doncaster Heritage Festival will be the biggest and best ever! Doncaster's Heritage Services are putting together a varied programme of events, talks and workshops. There will be something for everyone so keep checking back on this page for regular updates!

Discover Doncaster’s heritage at this year’s Doncaster Heritage Festival, 28th April – 13th May 2018. The 2018 Doncaster Heritage Festival will be launched at the Doncaster Local History Fair on Saturday 28th April at Doncaster Museum, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE.

A highlight of the festival will be a talk given by Philippa Langley from the Looking for Richard Project, detailing the unique and ground-breaking historical investigation that captured the public imagination and located the lost grave of Richard III.

The festival has an exciting programme made up of a series of enthralling talks, workshops, walks and events that explore the history of the borough. Events will be at a variety of different venues all across Doncaster from morning to evening, so why not discover something new?

The Doncaster Heritage Festival is organised by Doncaster Heritage Services and is delivered by partners across the borough for all to enjoy.  For more information please contact Doncaster Local Studies on 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

Programme

Sat 28 April
Doncaster Local History Fair organised by Doncaster and District Heritage Association
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road,
DN1 2AE
11am-4pm

Join us for the annual Local History Fair organised by the member groups of Doncaster & District Heritage Association (DDHA). There will be stalls, displays, family activities, craft demonstrations, re-enactments and entertainment. Find out about the DDHA Queen’s Own Yorkshire Dragoons Memorial project. Bring your First World War objects to be scanned and added to Doncaster 1914–18’s online archive with the GreatWar on Tour.

Cost: FREE
Just turn up!


Sat 28 April
Lioness Theatre proudly presents: The Black Stuff
Doncaster Brewery Tap, 7 Young Street, Doncaster, DN1 3EL
7.30pm start

Rubber - a miraculous substance! But until Charles Goodyear came along, it was sticky and useless. He turned it into a product that revolutionised the world – but his journey was far from easy. Through theatre, art, humour, and song, “The Black Stuff” tells the dark true tale of how a bankrupt button-maker became one of the most important inventors of all time - and the terrible price he and his family paid for it. This special preview performance celebrates 100 years of women activists and artists, and includes an exhibition element. The performance will be followed by a Q&A.

Cost: FREE
Donations welcome. Just turn up!


Sun 29 April
The Looking for Richard Project by Philippa Langley MBE
The David Hey Memorial Lecture
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE
10.30am-12noon

In 2012, Philippa Langley led the search for Richard III in a council car park in Leicester through her original Looking for Richard Project. Philippa conceived, facilitated and commissioned this unique historical investigation. Following seven and a half years of enquiry, she identified the likely location of the church and grave, instructing exhumation of the human remains uncovered in that exact location. Her project marked the first-ever search for the lost grave of an anointed King of England.

In 2013 she published her compelling story in The King’s Grave: The Search for Richard III. She is President of the Scottish Branch of the Richard III Society and in 2015 was awarded the MBE by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Philippa now tells her incredible story. Detailing the research that led her to this location and the discovery made on the very first day of the dig, Philippa reveals what the discovery tells us about Richard III and how the return of the king has helped reveal the man behind the Tudor myth.

Philippa will be signing copies of her book after the talk.

Cost: £8
Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Sun 29 April
Cusworth Walled Gardens Open Day
Cusworth Hall & Park, Cusworth, DN5 7TU
11am-3pm

A chance to view Cusworth walled gardens, with guided tours and family activities, to mark the launch of a programme to restore this historic site which dates back 300 years. Activities include seed planting, croquet group demonstrations, face painting and a short talk on William Wrightson, who owned estate.

Cost: FREE
Just turn up!

Mon 30 April
Family History for Beginners’ workshop
Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 1, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3JE
2pm-5pm

Would you like to research your family history but don’t know where to start? Or are you stuck on a niggling question relating to a person or place you’ve started researching? Come and find out how to start tracing your ancestors and use free resources such as ‘Find my Past’ or ‘Ancestry’ held by Doncaster Libraries.

Cost: FREE
Limited spaces available on the workshop so please book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Tues 1 May
The Life and Times of a Doncaster Cyclist - Tom Simpson: a talk by Chris Sidwells
Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 1, DN1 3JE
2.30pm start

Tom Simpson is still considered by some to be Britain’s best ever road racing cyclist. He was the first British cyclist to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, the first to win one of the five big races in cycling called ‘The Monuments, and the first to win the world professional road race title.

In 1965, he was even voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, such was his fame. Although he was born in County Durham, Simpson grew up in Harworth just south of Doncaster and learned to race in the Doncaster area. Chris Sidwells will trace Simpson’s life, from his Yorkshire beginnings, through his move to live in France in pursuit of fame and fortune, his great successes and ultimately to his tragic death during the 1967 Tour de France.

Cost: £3 Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Tues 1 May
Brewers’ Inquisition: Heritage Edition
Doncaster Brewery Tap, 7 Young Street, Doncaster, DN1 3EL
8pm start

Heritage themed Quiz Night at Doncaster Brewery Tap. Pit your wits and intellect against the grumpy brewer (grumpy because the prize is free beer).
The winning team will receive tokens for 6 pints of beer (valid for 1 week), with cash prize jackpot quiz during the evening.

Cost: 50p
Max team size is six. Limited spaces available. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Wed 2 May
Beginners’ First World War Family History Workshop with Doncaster 1914-18 Team & Bill Bevan
Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 4, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3JE
10.30am-3.30pm

Uncover your family’s history and learn how to research the First World War stories of people and places in Doncaster. This hands on workshop led by Bill Bevan will introduce you to key resources in museums, libraries, archives and online, and show you how to share your stories with Doncaster 1914-18’s online community archive.

Cost: FREE Limited spaces available on the workshop so please book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Wed 2 May
‘A Mighty Force?’ Doncaster’s Edwardian Girl Preachers
Cusworth Hall, Cusworth, DN5 7TU
2pm start

Doncaster produced some remarkable girl preachers and gospel singers who travelled round the country drawing large crowds to their meetings and even toured North America before disappearing from public view but not before they were photographed in the studio of Luke Bagshaw.

Cost: FREE
Just turn up!


Fri 4 May
Family History on the Internet session
Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 1, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3JE
10.30am-12.30pm

Would you like to use genealogical websites to research your family history but don’t know where to start? Or are you stuck on a niggling question relating to a person or place you’ve started researching? Come and find out how to use free resources such as ‘Find my Past’ or ‘Ancestry’ held by Doncaster Libraries.

Cost: FREE. Limited spaces available on the workshop so please book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734 307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk 


Fri 4 May
Curator’s Tour: Keep the Home Fires burning, Doncaster’s Home Front in the First World War with Lynsey Slater
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE
2pm start

Explore Doncaster 1914-18’s latest temporary exhibition with the exhibition’s Curator, and handle real and replica First World War objects. Keep the Home Fires Burning explores how the war on the Home Front changed the lives of people in Doncaster forever, and includes stories researched and shared by members of the community.

Cost: FREE
Booking required. Book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk. Donations to Doncaster 1914-18’s Comfort Pack Project welcome.

The Comfort Pack project commemorates the contribution that Doncaster made to the war effort made during the First World, we’re recreating wartime Christmas comfort packs to send to troops serving in the British Armed Forces.The comfort packs will be sent to men and women deployed on active service over Christmas 2018. They are all from the Rifles Regiment, the successors to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry who have had a long association with the town, and were a key local regiment during the First World War.

To find out more or make a donation, visit www.doncaster1914-18.org.uk


Sat 5 May
History of Chocolate: talk by Helen Cox
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE
10.30am-12noon

The development of the world’s favourite confectionery from its Mayan and Aztec origins to the present day with reference to historical chocolate items found in museum collections. Includes samples for tasting!

Cost: £3
Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk  

Sat 5 May 
Rebel Girls: a talk by Jill Liddington
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
2pm-3.30pm

Vote 100: why did women win the vote in 1918? Was the vote won by the suffragettes' militancy campaign? Or by the suffragists' peaceful tactics? Jill Liddington looks at Votes for Women campaigners in Doncaster and beyond.

Cost £3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

 


Sat 5 May
Doncaster Minster’s Historic Schulze Organ 
Doncaster Minster, Church Street DN1 1RD
12.30pm-2pm

A community talk about the historic Schulze organ and why it’s so important as a musical instrument, plus an opportunity to hear the Minster’s organ scholars and students playing live.

Cost: FREE. Donations welcome.


Sun 6 May
Discover the Sand House – A Guided Walk with Richard Bell
Meet outside Silverwood House, St James Street estate, DN1 3RW
11am start

A 90-minute walking tour of the locality of the former Sand House (NOTE: entirely above ground!), discovering how the house developed and where it and its tunnels once lay in relation to the modern layout. Pre-booking is essential.

Cost: £3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Sun 6 May
The Romans in Doncaster: Artefact Handling Session with Yvette Marks
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE
11am-12.30pm

A family friendly talk about what life was like in Doncaster during the Roman period. The attendees will get the opportunity to handle real artefacts from the area and learn more about how they were made and used. 

Cost: £4. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Sun 6 May
May Day at Cusworth Hall
Cusworth Hall & Park, Cusworth, DN5 7TU
12noon – 4pm

Come and join us as we celebrate May Day at Cusworth Hall! Try your hand at Maypole dancing with our very own Cusworth Maypole, watch the Green Oak Morris Men perform, and have a go at our family trails and craft activities inside the Hall.

Cost: FREE. Just turn up!


Mon 7 May
Discover the Sand House – A Guided Walk with Richard Bell
Meet outside Silverwood House, St James Street estate, DN1 3RW
11am start

A 90-minute walking tour of the locality of the former Sand House (NOTE: entirely above ground!), discovering how the house developed and where it and its tunnels once lay in relation to the modern layout. Pre-booking is essential.

Cost: £3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Mon 7 May
The Rebel Daughters of Doncaster: a guided walk uncovering our suffrage history
2pm start, outside the Masons Arms, Market Place, Doncaster DN11ND.

Do you know the name of the woman who appeared at the Guildhall on trial for attempted arson in 1913? Do you know who hired her own bodyguards, and why? Do you know why Lina Lambert hired a train in 1908? And do you know who the first female councillor in Doncaster was? Our new guided walking tour will reveal Doncaster’s hidden suffrage history, and tell the fascinating stories of the local men and women who helped to change Britain.

Cost: FREE. Booking required. Book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Tue 8 May
Doncaster 1914-18: stories from the First World War
Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 1, DN1 3JE 
11am-12noon

Join the Doncaster 1914-18 project team and volunteers to hear some of the highlights from First World War stories submitted by Doncaster’s residents since 2015. Find out about Doncaster women and their contribution to the war effort, including nurses, land girls and fundraisers, plus a few of our favourite stories from the Front.

Cost: £3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Wed 9 May
Discover your First World War K.O.Y.L.I. ancestor with Lynsey Slater and Bill Bevan
Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 4, DN1 3JE
10.30am-3.30pm

Do you have a K.O.Y.L.I. ancestor who died in the First World War? Learn how to research the First World War stories King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry soldiers. This hands on workshop led by Bill Bevan will introduce you to key resources in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum, libraries, archives and online, and show you how to share your stories with Doncaster 1914-18’s online community archive.

Cost: FREE Limited spaces available on the workshop so please book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Wed 9 May
Women and work in the First World War: a talk by Alison Fell
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE
6.30pm start

As part of the Imperial War Museum’s Women and War Work 100 season, join us for the screening of three short films, drawn from and inspired by the Imperial War Museums archive collection. Professor Alison Fell of the University of Leeds will set the films in context and explore women’s work during the First World War and its legacies.

Cost: £3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Wed 9 May
Doncaster Minster’s Forgotten Medieval Crypt with Louise O’Brien
Doncaster Minster, Church Street DN1 1RD
6-7pm
Learn about what is known of the ‘crypt’ underneath Doncaster Minster, which is likely to date from the earliest, known church on the Minster site dating to the beginning of the 13th century. N.B. visitors will not visit the crypt as it is currently too dangerous to allow public access.

Cost: FREE. Donations welcome.


Thu 10 May
Palaeography workshop with Doncaster’s Borough Archivist, Charles Kelham
Doncaster Archives, King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NA 10am-12noon

The handwriting of the 16th and 17th centuries often takes unfamiliar forms, and these can pose problems for the modern reader, local or family historian. Come and learn how to read copies of documents from the period relating to Doncaster and its surrounding area.

Cost: FREE Limited spaces available on the workshop so please book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Thu 10 May
Crime and Justice in the 19th century: a talk by John Brown
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE
2.30-4pm
An overview of crime and the justice system in the 19th century with a special focus on the attitudes towards women and children. Particular cases will be included from the Doncaster area and other locations to illustrate the differences to the present time.

Cost: £3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Thu 10 May
Make your own suffragette sash: Workshop with Joanna Nurse and Alison Greer (sewing teacher)
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE
6-8pm

Mark the suffragette centenary by sewing your own sash. The sash will feature the famous ’Votes for Women’ slogan, and the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union: green, white and purple. Learn about the suffragettes in Doncaster, how the sash became a key part of their campaign, and the significance of its three colours. The workshop is free, and you will be able to keep your sash at the end of the workshop. Tutor Alison Greer of BagLadyBird will guide you through each step and the workshop is suitable for all sewing abilities.

Cost: FREE. Limited spaces available on the workshop so please book via Alison Greer on 01246 807575 or 07976 845662.


Fri 11 May
The Domesday Book of Hidden History at Hickleton: a talk by John Dabell
Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 1, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3JE
10.30am-12noon

John Dabell tells the ‘hidden history’ at Hickleton with the help of the Phillimore edition of the Domesday Book and Hickleton church archaeology, Hickleton castle, Northumbrian geography, contemporary political history and the earls of Northumbria.

Cost: £2. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Fri 11 May
The Geology and Landscape of the Don Gorge
Meet at the riverside path at the back of the the Boat Inn, Sprotbrough DN5 7NB 
11am-1.30pm

Join Don Catchment Rivers Trust for a guided walk to learn about the geology and landscape of the Don Gorge. The walk will be led by Rick Ramsdale of Sheffield Area Geology Trust. Please note that the event will involve walking up a slope to reach the top of the gorge.

Cost: FREE. Booking essential please call Don Catchment Rivers Trust on 01302 796173 or email info@dcrt.org.uk to book.


Fri 11 May
Mexborough and District Local History Fair
Mexborough Library, John Street, S64 9HS
11am-3pm

Step back in time with the Local History Fair exploring a bygone age in Mexborough and the surrounding areas of Doncaster and the Dearne Valley.

Cost: Free. For more details please contact Jake Bennett on 01709 582037.


Sat 12 May
Pottery in Archaeology conference 2018
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE
10.30am-4pm

The conference will consist of a series of short papers (20mins) on the general theme of pottery in archaeology, drawing on recent work in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, north Lincolnshire and adjacent areas. The overall aim will be to inform professionals, amateurs, volunteers, independent researchers and anyone with an interest in pottery and/or archaeology about recent work in the region. Rarely seen material will be on display and there will be the opportunity to discuss the subject informally over tea and coffee.

Cost: FREE. Donations to cover refreshments welcome.


Sat 12 May
From Romans to Racing Heritage Walk
Doncaster Minster (Meet up point), DN1 1RD
10.30am start

A heritage guided walk exploring the area including Doncaster’s Roman and racing history.

Cost: £5. Tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre 01302 734309.


Sat 12 May
A Country House at War: Hooton Pagnell Hall 1914-1918
The Tithe Barn, Hooton Pagnell Hall, Hooton Pagnell, Doncaster, DN5 7BW
2pm start

Discover how Hooton Pagnell transformed into a hospital for wounded soldiers during the First World War.

Learn about the lives of the soldiers, nurses and the Warde-Aldam family from 1914-1918. Refreshments and an opportunity to go onto the gardens of the house and experience views of the main Hall are included in the ticket price.

Cost: £8. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk


Sat 12 May
‘The Sand House Rocks!’ (A Celebration in Music & Words) with the Sand House Charity & Doncaster Youth Jazz Association
St James’ Church, St Sepulchre Gate West, Doncaster
3pm start

A multimedia event featuring the Doncaster Youth Stageband and celebrating the 200-year combined heritage of the Sand House and Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. History and music combine to evoke the spirit of the community concerts held at the Victorian marvel during its heyday.

Cost: £8 (Adults) £6 (16yrs & under). Available online at http://www.dyja.info/events & from Doncaster Jazz Centre, Beckett Rd, DN2 4AA & Central Library Local Studies.


Sun 13 May
‘That’s Entertainment’: A Hyde Park guided walk
Hyde Park Cemetery gates, DN4 5AA
3pm start
This free guided walk, researched, written and led by the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery, visits the graves and tells the stories of a range of individuals who were involved in entertaining the public, directly or indirectly. Including a youthful opera singer, organists of the church and street varieties and a famous music hall star, among others, there are fascinating stories ready to be told.

Cost: Free. Donations welcome. Just turn up!


Sun 13 May
Bawtry Heritage Walk
Meet at Cooplands, Scot Lane, Bawtry, DN10 6JL
2pm start

Take a fascinating walk while viewing the rich heritage of the market town of Bawtry. The walk will include Bawtry Hall, no. 1 Yorkshire and St Nicholas’ church and learn about the River Idle and the history of the East Coast Railway line.

Cost: £5. Tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre 01302 734309.

Exhibitions

Keep the home fires burning
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

Explore how the war on the Home Front changed the lives of people in Doncaster forever.

The Road to Victory
King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Museum, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

Follow Yorkshire soldiers along the road to victory, as the stalemate was broken and the First World War finally came to an end.

Estate of War: Doncaster’s Country Houses
Cusworth Hall & Park

Discover how life changed for families and those below-stairs in the First World War country house.

Riding High: Doncaster Airfields and the Zeppelin Raid on Sheffield
South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

Revealing how local people fought for Britain in the skies.

In Focus: Luke Bagshaw’s photography business
Mon 30 Apr-Fri 4 May and Tue 8 May-Fri 11 May
Doncaster Archives, King Edward Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NA

Alongside photography work, Bagshaw & Son sold photographic supplies around the world whilst providing local folk with the latest fads in home entertainment. This exhibition of archives material demonstrates the surprising scope of one of Doncaster’s early 20th century small businesses. During Doncaster Archives opening hours 9.15am-12.45pm and 2pm-4.45pm

Cost: FREE

Last updated: 01 May 2018 14:55:24