What we do
Heritage Doncaster is an organisation in transition and transformation. This journey began in 2013 with the award of the £976,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Doncaster 1914-18 project, which ran from 2014 to July 2019.
The project helped us to engage with many more audiences through a programme of community outreach across the borough, and has enabled us to work with more volunteers and engage with people digitally through a crowd-sourcing website.
This work has been continued through other grants and service resources – particularly the Arts Council’s Resilience Fund grant which allowed us to develop the service’s volunteering capacity and continue to build on the community engagement of the Doncaster 1914-18 project. We have also improved our digital offer and developed skills amongst staff and volunteers with the aid of this grant.
Through Doncaster 1914-18, Resilience Fund projects, and work with Museums Development Yorkshire, we have been developing our health and wellbeing offer. In 2019, we received funding from Arts Council England to become a National Portfolio Organisation. This funding, along with a grant provided by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, helped us to increase wellbeing and combat community and individual isolation.
Running alongside this work is the development of a brand new building housing the Library, Museum, Gallery, Archive and Local Studies service. Danum Gallery, Library and Museum is due to open in 2021. These are exciting times for Heritage Doncaster as we work with partners to develop into a future-proof, contemporary service and work to improve well-being, develop skills and aspirations, engage with communities and raise the profile of heritage across the borough of Doncaster.