Put your hands in the earth and grow

2nd July 20202:00 am3rd July 2020 9:44 amLeave a Comment

By Mina Hayati, Community Engagement Officer We felt spoilt for choice when selecting some of these images of herbarium: wildflowers and plants in the Heritage Doncaster collection. Some date from the late 19th century. Others were collected in the 1970s and 1980s to show the biodiversity of Doncaster. During this time, Thorne and Hatfield Moors […]

Military Monday Episode 5 – Charles Ward: Queen Victoria’s Last VC

29th June 20208:52 am7th July 2020 8:53 amLeave a Comment

Charles Ward was born in Hunslet, Leeds, in July 1876, although some records state his year of birth as 1877. Charles’ parents Annie and George were unmarried, so Charles used his mother’s surname of Ward, with his father’s surname Burley as a middle name. There seems to have been some confusion around his date of […]

Beyond #BlackOutTuesday

3rd June 202012:26 pm2nd July 2020 12:06 pmLeave a Comment

On Tuesday 2nd June organisations and individuals muted their social media in solidarity with Black communities in the UK and US. Heritage Doncaster also muted our social media yesterday, and our teams used the day to reflect on what we can do better. We wanted to share with you some of the things we discussed, […]

Military Monday Episode 4 – Private O’Reilly and the Grenade

1st June 202010:32 am1st June 2020 10:34 amLeave a Comment

In June 1948, three European managers of rubber plantations were murdered in the state of Perak, in Malaya (Malaysia). A state of emergency was declared, known as The Malayan Emergency. British and Commonwealth forces fought against the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), the military part of the Malayan Communist Party. The MNLA called this conflict ‘The […]

Look up at the moon and stars

19th May 202010:18 am22nd May 2020 4:20 pmLeave a Comment

By Mina Hayati, Community Engagement Officer In this blog article, we provide a brief history of the telescope, amateur astronomy, and the moon landing. We explore astronomy ideas for beginners and consider how we all might benefit from a bit of stargazing or even just remembering to look up and appreciating the wonderful natural world.  […]

Military Monday Episode 3 – A Wartime Romance

18th May 20209:43 am22nd May 2020 4:20 pmLeave a Comment

By Lynsey Slater, Museums Officer for Military History During the First World War, many country houses were transformed into hospitals for wounded soldiers. Among them was Hooton Pagnell Hall, in North-West Doncaster. The hospital was overseen by Julia Warde-Aldam, who owned the hall, and was the hospital’s commandant, matron and administrator. The Warde family connection […]

Military Monday Episode 2 – Remembering the 5th Battalion

30th April 20201:28 pm22nd May 2020 4:21 pmLeave a Comment

By Lynsey Slater, Museums Officer for Military History Saturday, May 21st, 1927 will ever be memorable in the Annals of the Fifth Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, for it was on that day that with Soldierly dignity we unveiled the Memorial to the 1,272 Officers and Other Ranks of the battalion who made the […]

Military Monday Episode 1 – April and May 1940

17th April 20209:44 am22nd May 2020 4:21 pmLeave a Comment

While the coronavirus shutdown measures are in place, our Museums Officer for Military History will be sharing stories from the collection in Military Monday. By Lynsey Slater, Museums Officer for Military History In the first few months of the Second World War, an often forgotten campaign was fought in Norway. Swedish iron ore was transported […]

History, Health and Happiness Blog

21st November 20192:53 pm22nd May 2020 4:21 pmLeave a Comment

By Victoria Ryves, NPO Programme Manager In this blog we share updates from our History, Health and Happiness programme, which aims to tackle isolation and improve wellbeing in four key areas of Doncaster, using museum collections as the basis for outreach and community engagement activities.   October 2019 This October the History, Health and Happiness team have been getting spooky […]

Witchcraft in Doncaster

30th October 20192:20 pm22nd May 2020 4:21 pmLeave a Comment

By Victoria Ryves, NPO Programme Manager The History, Health and Happiness team have been getting spooky this October around the borough. The team have been sharing the stories of two women accused of witchcraft in Doncaster in the 1600s, as well as some of the spooky objects from our collection. Witchcraft in the 16th and 17th Centuries In the […]