Located on the junction of Waterdale and Chequer Road in the town centre, is the new home for Doncaster Libraries and Heritage Doncaster in the Civic and Cultural Quarter.
Virtual opening and tour
We virtually opened the doors for an online audience on Wednesday, 17 March 2021, here is the link below for the tour:
It will enable people to explore the building and see the many wonderful features and exhibits. The tour will be similar to Google Maps, arrows will allow you to click and tap your way through the building. Information icons will pop up on different objects and areas, and will lead you to videos with more information and background - it really is like touring the building in person.
Further details on when we can open the building for people to visit will be announced in due course given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
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 striking building will have the space and facilities to display exhibits which have been locked away from public view for years.
Rail Heritage Centre
Other features include an exciting new rail heritage centre showcasing memorabilia from The Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection and two locomotive engines built in Doncaster - No. 251 and Green Arrow.
You can watch the two locomotives arriving back in Doncaster on the links below:
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.