History, Health, Happiness

In April 2018 Heritage Doncaster became an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).  The funding received from the Arts Council has enabled us to launch History, Health, Happiness – a programme of work tackling individual and community isolation in four key areas of Doncaster.

The project uses museum collections and heritage activities to engage with communities throughout the Borough, including those in:

  • Conisbrough/Denaby Main/Mexborough
  • Woodlands/Carcroft/Adwick-Le-Street
  • Stainforth/Dunscroft/Hatfield/Thorne
  • Hexthorpe/Balby

Upcoming Events

 Cooking Through Time

Stainforth Family Hub: Thursday 11and 25April, 3.15pm-5pm
Moorends Family Hub: Tuesday 9, 16, 23 April 3.15pm- 5pm

Find out about Doncaster’s past and have a go at cooking historical recipes.  Includes a snack. Contact Moorends Family Hub (01302 737470) or Stainforth Family Hub (01302 734048) to book. Suitable for children under 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Herstory: Discover the Stories of Women in Doncaster’s Past

Tuesday 7, 14, 21, and 28 May | 10am – 12pm | Hot Chocolate Lounge, Denaby

Get to know other women in your community and share your experiences.  Enjoy a trip to London, hands on activities chosen by you, a hot drink and cake, and more.  Open to women aged 16-30 living in Denaby.

History Club with B:Friend

Tuesday 7 May| 10am-12pm | Old People’s Welfare Centre, Thorne
Thursday 2 May | 1pm-3pm | Evanston Hall Communal Gardens, Balby Thursday 2 May | 10am – 12pm | Denaby Library Friday 3 May| 2.30pm – 4.30pm | Mexborough Library
Tuesday 4 June| 10amn- 12pm | Old People’s Welfare Centre, Thorne
Thursday 6 June| 1pm-3pm | Evanston Hall Communal Gardens, Balby
Thursday 6 June | 10am – 12pm | Denaby Library
Friday 7 June | 2.30pm – 4.30pm | Mexborough Library

Get up close to museum objects, meet new people and have a go at hands-on activities.  B:Friend’s social clubs are for people in Doncaster who may be feeling lonely and want to meet new people.


A truly weird coincidence, an utterly baffling anecdote or an unbelievable tale that may otherwise never b:heard… Imagine if you had the most fantastic story to tell but never had an opportunity to share it.

B:Friend & Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery bring you a gripping new speaker series called ‘b:heard: incredible stories of local people’. Three local older neighbours will each present their incredible story in 10-minute time-slots.  Opening night is 8 May at Doncaster Little Theatre. Book now on 01302 340422

Heritage Skills Workshops in Hexthorpe

11am – 2pm | Wednesdays in June | Travis Gardens Community Hall

Meet new people and try your hand at learning a skill with the help of a local expert. Sessions include preserve-making, textiles, woodwork and more. £3 per session or £2 for DN4 residents. Phone 01302 37339 to book.

You, Me, and Those Who Came Before: Celebrating Refugee Week

Friday 21 June | 12pm – 3pm | Central Family Hub, Welcome Way

Join Heritage Doncaster, Doncaster Conversation Club and literacy classes to celebrate Refugee Week 2019.  Discover stories of migration from throughout time, share some food and enjoy performances from around the world. 

Hexthorpe, Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you know who used to live in your house? Do you want to find out about the history of your area?  Do you want to have your own ‘Hexthorpe Blue Plaque?’  Join Heritage Doncaster to discover the history of Hexthorpe’s ancestors through research sessions, hands-on activities and more. Visit us online for full event details.

Check back for more updates on more events throughout the year.  For further information, please email us.

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