A Grand Weekend celebration has marked the formal opening of Doncaster’s unique Danum Gallery, Library and Museum.
Mayor Ros Jones, partners and supporters who have helped create this superb community facility were joined by HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr. Andrew Coombe CVO, to give the building a fitting opening.
The award-winning Danum Gallery, Library and Museum has been open for several months but the Covid restrictions meant the ceremony was pushed back.
The opening included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and the burial of a time capsule in the rail heritage centre. The time capsule will be opened in 2121 and contains lots of items fitting of Doncaster and recent events.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said:
“This big community celebration is the fitting way to officially open Danum Gallery, Library and Museum. We have delivered a truly world class building packed to the brim with interesting things to explore and modern ways to learn.
“It’s another tremendous visitor attraction for Doncaster as we continue to transform our town centre. Importantly, though, it’s an asset for our residents. The building is for them to enjoy and for them to benefit from.
“This is a memorable occasion for Doncaster and an achievement I am incredibly proud of.”
HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr. Andrew Coombe CVO, said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be asked to formally open the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum.
“This has been a truly innovative and inspirational project making the best possible use of the Doncaster High School for Girls building, cleverly retaining much of its character in the amazing refurbishment.
“The project enables an eclectic collection of projects to be brought together under one roof. What they have in common, together with the re-sited KOYLI Museum, is the remarkable opportunity to educate many and remind others, in a very visual and tangible way, of the significant contributions the people of this Town and Borough have played in the history and development of our Country.
“I hope that seeing the relics of an earlier age and the displays in the Gallery will inspire people, the young in particular, to be creative and contribute, as their forbears did, to the future.”
Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Culture and Planning, said:
“It’s an honour and a privilege to have been part of this project and to see the amazing results.
"Libraries empower people, libraries enable people, libraries give us power.
“Danum Gallery, Library and Museum is a real treasure. It’s designed to raise aspirations, inspire people to learn and showcase our rich and varied heritage. It provides a mix of experiences that are fascinating and enjoyable for Doncaster residents and visitors of all ages. What’s more it’s free.
“Doncaster has a community building we can all be proud of, one that will be here for future generations to enjoy.”
The £16.5million building was funded and project managed by Doncaster Council. It was built by Willmott Dixon. Construction started in October 2018 and the keys were handed over in October 2020.
A virtual preview was launched in March 2021 due to the Covid pandemic and the doors were open for advanced visitor bookings on Saturday 29 May 2021 as restrictions began to ease. The official opening ceremony was held on Friday 24 September 2021 and great Family Day took place the following Saturday.
The unique design, which restored the frontage of the former Doncaster High School for Girls and encased it behind glass, was developed by Bond Bryan Architects.
More information on Danum Gallery, Library and Museum can be found at: www.DGLAM.org.uk
- Category: Culture, leisure & tourism