British Science Week at Doncaster Museum

21st March 201911:54 amLeave a Comment

March was a busy month at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery with over 700 people visiting to take part in fun activities during British Science Week. Lots of families attended our Fun Day to investigate our collections and explore some disgusting parts of history! Activities challenged guests to dig through replica coprolite (fossilised poo) to […]

Doncaster’s Inspirational Women

8th March 20192:06 pmLeave a Comment

Doncaster has been home to many inspirational, courageous and strong women throughout its history. On International Women’s Day we explore the stories of just some of them. CARTIMANDUA – QUEEN AND FIGHTER Cartimandua was fierce and has been described as a strong and influential leader.  She was Queen of the Brigantes from 43 to 69 […]

Winston Churchill’s Funeral and the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

27th February 201910:22 amLeave a Comment

Winston Churchill’s funeral planning, code name ‘Operation Hope Not’, had been taking place for over a decade before his death. After his death in January 1965, the plan was finally put into action. First was the long procession from Westminster Hall to St Paul’s Cathedral. After the service at the Cathedral, his coffin was taken […]

A History of the Gaumont Palace Theatre

18th December 201811:09 am19th December 2018 7:36 pmLeave a Comment

Doncaster has a rich and fascinating cinema heritage and was once home to the largest theatre in South Yorkshire – the Gaumont Palace Theatre.  Local historian Ron Curry MBE reveals the history and architecture of the beautiful Art Deco theatre. There is nothing, that can match the compulsive magic of that big screen in a […]

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Doncaster’s mining statue gets the go ahead

12th December 201812:01 pm12th December 2018 12:02 pmLeave a Comment

Doncaster’s proud mining heritage will be honoured for years to come with the exciting news today that the fundraising drive to build an iconic town centre tribute has been successful. Individuals, businesses and organisations have been supporting the campaign through online pledges and donations at locations across the borough, an exhibition about the project in […]

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The Gaumont Frieze

26th June 20189:10 am2nd November 2018 1:32 pmLeave a Comment

The Gaumont frieze, created by sculptor Newbury Abbot Trent in 1934, was recently recovered from the Rose Hill Cemetery and moved to Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery after a successful campaign led by Ron Curry MBE. The frieze used to adorn the front of the Gaumont Cinema, which stood at the top of Hallgate in […]

The judges with Martin Pick, Chair of the New Fringe

New Fringe Open Art Exhibition: Open for View!

18th June 201810:38 am24th June 2018 10:43 amLeave a Comment

Nick Stopforth, Doncaster Council’s Head of Libraries and Culture, shares his experience judging the New Fringe Open Art Exhibition in Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery.   I was delighted to be asked by the Chair of the New Fringe arts collective, Martin Pick, to join Janet Buckle in judging this year’s New Fringe Open Art Exhibition. […]

Veterans photographed with Frank the Tank

Tank Bank Day

15th June 201812:46 pm24th June 2018 10:44 amLeave a Comment

What a day we had on Saturday 9 June when Frank the Tank rolled into Doncaster!  Our Doncaster 1914-18 team put together an amazing, action-packed day to recreate the momentous occasion of Doncaster Tank Bank Week which took place in the Borough in 1918. Our recreation brought hundreds of people to Doncaster Market Place to […]

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The Life of Lady Isabella Battie-Wrightson

23rd April 20189:51 am24th June 2018 10:39 amLeave a Comment

Lady Isabella Georgiana Katherine Battie-Wrightson was one of the most prominent residents of Cusworth Hall, presiding over some of the Hall and Park’s most ambitious changes at the turn of the 20th century. Our Assistant Curator Nicola Fox profiles the life of Lady Isabella. Early Life Lady Isabella Georgiana Katherine Cecil was born on 15 […]

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Welcome to Heritage Doncaster

12th April 201810:34 am12th April 2018 10:36 amLeave a Comment

Heritage Doncaster is the new name for the part of Doncaster Council which manages council-run museums and heritage services.  Nick Stopforth, Doncaster Council’s Head of Libraries and Culture, introduces our new brand and website. I am delighted to be writing the very first blog post for Heritage Doncaster, of which I am sure that there will […]