Located on the junction of Waterdale and Chequer Road in the town centre, it will be the new home for Doncaster Libraries and Heritage Doncaster in the Civic and Cultural Quarter.
As with everything else in the world, the new building has been delayed but we are now progressing well to complete the construction and begin to move the library, museum and gallery items into place.
We do not have an opening date yet but this will be announced in the near future so please keep an eye on the council communications.
The building is named Danum Gallery, Library and Museum. This was after we invited residents to put forward names and then vote for their favourite from a shortlist. This reflects our history and the key elements people can enjoy and use inside.
What the building will offer
Danum Gallery, Library and Museum will be a dynamic central hub that inspires creativity, informal learning, and innovation. Doncaster Archives and the Library Services for Schools will feature in the existing museum on Chequer Road.
It will be a cultural and learning centre everyone can enjoy, experience and use. A community asset for all.
This modern new build retained and sympathetically restored the central frontage of the former Doncaster High School for Girls. Encased in glass it showcases an iconic part of Doncaster’s architectural heritage. It looks spectacular when lit up at night and is an amazing exhibit in its own right.
Set over four floors, it is a modern, light, airy building.
The new space will help support the local and creative economy, by providing opportunities for young people, creatives, and small business owners to develop skills that help build a successful career.
The striking building will have the space and facilities to display exhibits which have been locked away from public view for years, including the famous Danum Shield and the Royal Borough Charters.
Other features include an exciting new rail heritage centre showcasing memorabilia from The Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection and the possibility to display two locomotive engines built in Doncaster.
The new building will also become home to the below and much, much more:
- The children’s and adult lending libraries
- Museum packed with fascinating collections
- Art Gallery full of impressive works some loaned from the likes of the British Museum.
- King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum
- A high quality education space
- A lovely cafe
- Training, meeting and conference facilities
It will become a popular destination in Doncaster's Civic and Cultural Quarter which can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors.