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Title:Love history, love Doncaster Heritage Festival
Author:Doncaster Museum 
ID & Publication:20140511003 ~ 
Subject:Events (Local) 
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History is set to come to life thanks to the fourth annual Doncaster Heritage Festival.

The festival, which runs Tuesday 6 May to Saturday 24 May, is part of the national Local History Month campaign and highlights will include insights into Doncaster’s suffragettes, the maligned Yorkist monarch Richard III and the borough’s castles.

Doncaster Local Studies Library, in collaboration with Doncaster Council’s Archives Department, has organized a packed, heritage-themed programme of events, talks, walks and workshops.

Joan Beck, Director of Adults and Communities, said: ‘If you love history, you will love Doncaster Heritage Festival. It is a great chance for everyone to find out more about our town's fascinating history.
‘It will include mainstream and internationally renowned speakers giving talks on subjects ranging from local and family history to aspects of national history.’
The organisers are working in partnership with Doncaster Museum, Doncaster Minster, English Heritage, Doncaster Tourist Information Centre and other Doncaster heritage groups to put on a fantastic festival.

Highlights include:
•     Norman and Underwood Conservation, a restoration and conservation company established in 1825, is repairing and restoring Doncaster Minster’s north transept and will give a talk about this important work taking place on one of the town’s most prestigious heritage buildings. Entry is free to the event at the church, 2pm to 3.30pm, Tuesday 6th May.
•     A film looking at life during wartime at Brodsworth Hall and in the local area will be shown on Saturday 10th May, 2pm to 3.30pm, Central Library, tickets are £1.
•     Acorn to Oak: A short history of the National Trust– an illustrated talk by John Hoare, 10.30am to 12pm, Tuesday 13th May at Central Library, tickets are £2.
•     What’s in a name? The history of the place-names of Doncaster– an illustrated talk by Carolyn Dalton, Doncaster Museum’s Heritage Services Manager, 5.30pm to 7pm, Wednesday 14th May, at Central Library, tickets are £1.
•     The annual Doncaster Local History Fair, now it its eleventh year, will be held between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 17 May at Doncaster Museum, Chequer Road, where many local and family history societies together with commercial groups will have exhibitions relating to the history of their village or area of interest. Visitors will be able to purchase gifts, books, photographs, postcards and the groups will be on hand to offer advice. There will be a showing of the children’s heritage film ‘Architecture in Doncaster’. Local schools will be showcasing the work of their schoolchildren and there will be a children’s quiz.
•     South Yorkshire Castles– an illustrated talk by Pat McLaughlin, 2.30pm to 4pm, Monday 19th May at Central Library, tickets are £2.
•     Helen Cox makes a return visit to Doncaster Heritage Festival to give an overview of England’s most-maligned monarch in her talk ‘A Portrait of Richard III’ on Tuesday 20 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Central Library, tickets are £4.
•     Re-writing the archaeological history of Doncaster Borough– an illustrated talk by Peter Robinson, Doncaster Museum’s Officer of Human History, 10.30am to 12pm, Friday 23rd May, at Central Library, tickets are £1.
•     Jill Liddington, internationally renowned author of women’s history, will look at the suffragette census boycott in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and beyond on Saturday 24th May, 2.30pm to 4.30pm in Central Library, tickets are £4.
A series of informal workshops and open events to learn more about local and family history include:

  • A family history for beginners’ workshop, being run by the Local Studies staff. Part one will be on Thursday 8th May, 2pm to 5pm, and part two at the same time on Thursday 15th May. Both events will be at Central Library and tickets for each are £1.
  • Members of the Tourist Information Team will be leading guided walks around Doncaster Town Centre pointing out buildings of historical interest and recalling historical facts and anecdotes.
  • The Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery are playing their part in commemorating the centenary of the first year of World War One by guiding visitors around the graves of some of our local wartime heroes within the cemetery. It starts at 3pm on Sunday 18th May. Entry is free but donations are welcome.
  • Local and family history researchers who have gone back to the 16th and 17th centuries, can learn how to read the old style handwriting with a palaeography taster session at Doncaster Archives, 10.30am to 12.30pm, Wednesday 21st May, tickets are £1.
  • Doncaster and District Family History Society is running a course, on Thursday 22nd May between 10am and 1pm, to learn how to use census returns, birth, marriage and death records to go back through the generations. The cost is £3 for members and £5 for non members. After the course, attendees can be shown around the Palgrave Research Centre for no extra charge.

Some events are free of charge but where tickets are required the cost ranges between £1 and £5. For more details, tickets or to book on a course please contact the Local Studies Library on 01302 734307, or email on or visit

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