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Doncaster Heritage Festival
22 April – 7 May 2017

Take part in a series of events, talks, walks and workshops to celebrate the richness and variety of heritage in Doncaster. The Heritage Festival is organised by Doncaster Heritage Services and is delivered by partners across the borough for all to enjoy. For more information please contact Doncaster Local Studies call 01302 734307, email 

You can view the full programme of events by downloading the Heritage Festival Brochure.

Heritage Festival Brochure

Here are just a few highlights of this years festival:

Local History Fair (DDHA)
Sat 22 April| 11am-4pm | Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery | FREE
The Annual Local History Fair by the member groups of the Doncaster & District Heritage Association [DDHA].  There will be talks, stalls, displays, family activities, re-enactments and entertainment throughout the day.

Hickleton Hall: At Home, At War
Mon 24 April | 2pm-3.15pm | Doncaster Central Library | £2
Hickleton Hall is a Grade II listed Georgian Stately Hall situated in the picturesque village of Hickleton. Continuing on the theme of Doncaster 1914-18: At Home, At War but focusing on one house, Hickleton Hall. Topics include, life as a dairy maid; Lord Halifax’s diary entries during the early part of the 20th Century, along with a group of postcards showing the human side of war and finally some notable visitors to the ‘big house’, including T.S. Eliot and Kathleen Kennedy (sister of JFK).

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Library.  Please call 01302 734307 or email

Presentation of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Colours
Thur 27 April | 10am onwards | Sir Nigel Gresley Square | FREE
Doncaster Council are hosting a presentation ceremony in Sir Nigel Gresley Square where The Rifles Regiment will be in presenting the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (K.O.Y.L.I.) Colours. The ceremony will commence at 10am and promises to be a great spectacle with military band and around 100 military personnel on parade.

World War One Poetry Writing Workshop
Sat 29 April | 2.30pm-6pm | Doncaster Brewery & Tap | £2

Local poet Ian ParksCome along to this poetry writing workshop where you can produce your own poem based on the work of the poets of the Great War. Led by local poet Ian Parks, the workshop is open to beginners and those with more experience of writing poetry.  Just bring a pen and paper and let the poets of the war inspire you to write a poem of your own! Supported by Right Up Our Street, Doncaster 1914-18 and Read to Write.

Places limited. Please reserve your ticket now to avoid disappointment. Call 01302 734307 or email

May Day at Cusworth Hall
Sun 30 April | 1pm – 4pm | Cusworth Hall & Park | FREE  (small charge for family craft activities)

Cusworth Hall & ParkCome and join us as we celebrate May Day at Cusworth Hall! Try your hand at Maypole dancing with our very own Cusworth Maypole, meet Cook in the Great Kitchen and try a sample of her Spring-time cooking, have a go at our family trails inside the Hall, and take part in our family craft activities which will have a May Day theme. A fun afternoon out for all the family!


David Hey Memorial Lecture: Plague, Pits and Public Archaeology – Unearthing the impact of the Black Death
Tue 2 May | 7.30pm | Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery |  £8
Professor Carenza Lewis The Black Death killed millions as it swept across medieval Europe and Asia, but its impact has hitherto been difficult to assess due to a lack of robust contemporary data.  Professor Carenza Lewis will talk about her ten-year programme of 2,000 archaeological excavations in the village gardens of eastern England which has demonstrated that the population was reduced by around 45% and shown exactly how badly different rural communities were affected.  She will finish by highlighting how extending this programme across the UK Europe and beyond could involve members of the public of all ages and backgrounds in making ground-breaking new research on their doorstep.

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Library.  Please call 01302 734307 or email

Ambulance Trains
Thur 4 May | 10.30am-11.30am | Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery | £3

Ambulance TrainsDuring WW1 ambulance trains were used both at home and abroad to carry sick and wounded men away from the front line. They were filled with men suffering from terrible medical conditions and were often crowded, smelly, dirty, and dangerous. Over two million men were lucky enough to be transported all the way back to the UK where they could recover in ‘Blighty’ hospitals.

This talk will focus on this relatively unknown story of the First World War ‘home front’ experience and will feature information from the Doncaster area.

Talk led by archivist Alison Kay from the National Railway Museum.

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Library.  Please call 01302 734307 or email

Discovering the Sand House
Sun 7 May | 11am-12noon | Car park of Silverwood House, DN1 3RW | £2
The Sand HouseThe very first official guided walk around the site of the former Sand House, showing how the house and its tunnels came about and where they were in relation to today’s layout.

Attendees will gain greatest benefit if they already have some knowledge of The Sand House.

Tickets can be purchased from the Central Library.  Please call 01302 734307 or email



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