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Doncaster Archives & Local Studies

About Doncaster Archives & Local Studies

Doncaster Archives and Local Studies form a single department within the Library Service. The department's main concern is the documentation of the borough from the earliest times to the present day, and so it collects, preserves, and provides access to a comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary sources relating to the town of Doncaster, its metropolitan district, and some adjacent areas. Its staff have a wide range of expertise in the interpretation of these sources and are always ready to lend whatever assistance the researcher might require, regardless of subject matter. Books, archival items and other source materials are produced on demand, without need of prior booking - although pre-booking of seats in both sections of the department is recommended.

Doncaster Heritage Festival 2014 Doncaster Heritage Festival 2014

Doncaster Heritage Festival 2014

Tuesday 6th May – Saturday 24th May 2014

For more information and a timetable of events, please see the documents attached to this page.

Doncaster Libraries (Local Studies Library and Doncaster Archive), in partnership with Doncaster Museum, English Heritage, Doncaster Tourist Information Centre and other Doncaster heritage groups and organisations, are celebrating the borough’s heritage at the fourth Doncaster Heritage Festival in May as part of the national Local History Month campaign.

Doncaster Local Studies Library, in collaboration with the borough's Archives Department, is busy organising a packed, heritage-themed programme of events, talks, walks; workshops etc. intended to bring Doncaster's past to life.

Doncaster Heritage Festival will include mainstream and internationally renowned speakers alongside local historians providing talks on subjects ranging from local and family history to national historical subjects.

A series of informal workshops and open events to learn more of local and family history are planned and include how to start your family history, how to read early handwriting (16th century onwards), growing your family history, a Hyde Park cemetery guided walk highlighting some of our local First World War heroes graves and guided heritage walks around Doncaster town centre.

Week Three Update

During week three of the Heritage Festival talks will be given on a number of both regional and local subjects Jill Liddington talks about suffragettes and their boycott of the 1911 census and in particular those relating to Doncaster and South Yorkshire.. This will fascinate many including those interested in the role of women in history, the changing social history of the early 20th century in the lead up to the First World War and family historians searching for lost female relatives. Copies of Jill Liddington’s new book Vanishing of the Vote will be available to buy and Jill will sign copies.

Helen Cox’s talk about the Yorkist king, Richard III has proved very popular and is almost sold out. An insight into South Yorkshire Castles at Mexborough, Laughton, Kimberworth, Doncaster (briefly), Tickhill, Sheffield and Conisbrough will be given by Pat MacLaughlin. Peter Robinson, of Doncaster Museum will be helping to re-write Doncaster’s archaeological history.

The Central Library will be closed on the morning of Friday 23rd May when Peter will be giving his talk but staff will be on hand to allow access to the meeting room where this talk will take place.

Please contact the Local Studies Library staff on 01302 734307 or email on for tickets or any other queries regarding the festival

Doncaster Local History Fair

Saturday 17th May 2014

A regular event connected to the Heritage Festival is the annual Doncaster Local History Fair, now it its eleventh year, will be held between 11am and 4pm at Doncaster Museum, Chequer Road, where many local and family history societies together with commercial groups will have exhibitions relating to the history of their village or area of interest. Visitors will be able to purchase gifts, books, photographs, postcards and the groups will be on hand to offer advice.

There will be a film showing of the children’s heritage film ‘Architecture in Doncaster’. Local schools will be showcasing the work of their schoolchildren.

More information about both of the above events will be available as details are confirmed. If you have any queries or wish to be kept informed, by email, of events please contact the Local Studies Library on 01302 734307 or email on

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