Doncaster’s Five Minute Histories: A Look Behind the Scenes

27th April 202112:40 pm28th April 2021 4:17 pmLeave a Comment

Doncaster’s Five Minute Histories are audio recordings produced as part of Heritage Doncaster’s History Health and Happiness programme. The recordings provide immersive experiences that recreate historical events, through storytelling and sound effects. Introduction Doncaster’s Five Minute Histories are audio recordings produced as part of Heritage Doncaster’s History Health and Happiness programme. The recordings provide immersive […]

Moving the Pollington Sarcophagus

7th April 20213:28 pm26th April 2021 4:29 pmLeave a Comment

Discovered in 1949 by quarry workers, this enigmatic burial of a woman has featured prominently in Doncaster Museum over the years. Our Human History curator, Peter Robinson, uncovers what went into the complex operation to move it to its new home in the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum due to open later this summer. The […]

Having Fun at Home with Digital Social Clubs

11th March 20214:15 pm12th March 2021 10:21 amLeave a Comment

Do you enjoy discovering things about the past? Are you a fan of arts and crafts? Maybe you’re a bit of a bookworm? Are you looking for ways to connect with new people? Then, History, Health and Happiness’s Digital Social Clubs may be for you! In this blog post, we will introduce you to two […]

No. 251 Locomotive Returns to Doncaster

1st February 20213:48 pm2nd February 2021 9:53 amLeave a Comment

By Kim Drabyk, Heritage Doncaster Manager On a cold Sunday morning in January, and at an early hour, the Great Northern Railway Atlantic locomotive No.251 made the 90 mile journey from Shildon, south down the A1, to its new home. Following years of planning by Heritage Doncaster and partners, colleagues from our team waited with […]

Doncaster Storytelling Festival 2021

1st February 202110:01 amLeave a Comment

Doncaster turns a page with brand new storytelling festival 1 February – 4 March Nine cultural organisations have joined forces to create Doncaster’s first ever storytelling festival to celebrate diversity and different cultures and languages. Hosted by Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership together with local literacy campaign Doncaster Stories, the festival is bookended by National Storytelling […]

A Brief History of Corsets from 1750 to 1950

29th October 20204:27 pmLeave a Comment

1750-1800 A boned and laced undergarment in the eighteenth century was known as a pair of stays. These garments generally had a long torso and were usually fitted with shoulder straps. The primary purpose of the stays was to shape the torso into the fashionable long conical shape, while lifting and supressing the bust, rather […]

Television, History and Museums

17th September 20201:40 pm18th September 2020 7:23 amLeave a Comment

One of our curators, Peter, has been inspired by some of our favourite TV shows and has been digging through the collections to learn more. The Crown The Crown is a biographical costume drama, covering the life of our current reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Produced by Netflix and first aired in 2016 it has […]

The Girls’ High School Headteachers

1st August 202012:05 pm29th July 2020 10:59 amLeave a Comment

Next year Heritage Doncaster moves into a new gallery, library and museum building in the Waterdale area of Doncaster. The building includes the front section of the old Girls’ High School building, which has been such a familiar landmark to so many Doncaster people. One of the displays in the new building will tell the […]

Military Monday: What Is Minden Day?

27th July 20206:00 am24th July 2020 3:34 pmLeave a Comment

In celebration of Yorkshire Day – also known as Minden Day – on 1 August, we’ve created this video exploring its history in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. On 1 August 1759, British and Hanoverian forces defeated the French cavalry at the Battle of Minden. The battle was one of the greatest allied victories […]

Military Monday Episode 6 – In Memory of Willie Frost

13th July 20206:00 am15th July 2020 1:49 pmLeave a Comment

Behind the trenches of Ypres, Belgium, was a transfer station for soldiers. They would stay here on their way to and from the battlefields of Belgium. In 1915 senior chaplain Neville Talbot asked Army chaplain Reverend Philip Byard (Tubby) Clayton to set up a rest house for soldiers passing through this area. Tubby set up […]