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 Doncaster Heritage Festival 2017

Doncaster Heritage Festival

Discover Doncaster’s heritage at this year’s Doncaster Heritage Festival, 28th April – 13th May 2018.

The 2018 Doncaster Heritage Festival will be launched at the Doncaster Local History Fair on Saturday 28th April at Doncaster Museum, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE.

A highlight of the festival will be a talk given by Philippa Langley from the Looking for Richard Project, detailing the unique and ground-breaking historical investigation that captured the public imagination and located the lost grave of Richard III.

The festival has an exciting programme made up of a series of enthralling talks, workshops, walks and events that explore the history of the borough. Events will be at a variety of different venues all across Doncaster from morning to evening, so why not discover something new?

The festival is organised by Doncaster Heritage Services and is supported by heritage groups across Doncaster for the enjoyment of all.

For more information about the Festival please contact: Doncaster Local Studies call 01302 734307 or email


Here are some highlights of the events taking place this year. For a full list of events please see the attached flyer below:

PDF Icon Doncaster Heritage Festival 2018 Events List


Tuesday 1 May - 2.30pm start

The Life and Times of a Doncaster Cyclist- Tom Simpson: a talk by Chris Sidwells

Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 1, DN1 3JE

Tom Simpson is still considered by some to be Britain’s best ever road racing cyclist. He was the first British cyclist to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, the first to win one of the five big races in cycling called ‘The Monuments, and the first to win the world professional road race title.

In 1965, he was even voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, such was his fame. Although he was born in County Durham, Simpson grew up in Harworth just south of Doncaster and learned to race in the Doncaster area. Chris Sidwells will trace Simpson’s life, from his Yorkshire beginnings, through his move to live in France in pursuit of fame and fortune, his great successes and ultimately to his tragic death during the 1967 Tour de France.

Cost: £3. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email

Fri 4 May - 10.30am-12.30pm

Family History on the Internet session

Doncaster Central Library, Meeting Room 1, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3JE

Would you like to use genealogical websites to research your family history but don’t know where to start? Or are you stuck on a niggling question relating to a person or place you’ve started researching? Come and find out how to use free resources such as ‘Find my Past’ or ‘Ancestry’ held by Doncaster Libraries.

Cost: FREE. Limited spaces available on the workshop so please book at the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email

Sun 6 May - 11.00am-12.30pm

The Romans in Doncaster: Artefact Handling Session with Yvette Marks

Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, DN1 2AE

A family-friendly talk about what life was like in Doncaster during the Roman period. The attendees will get the opportunity to handle real artefacts from the area and learn more about how they were made and used. 

Cost: £4. Tickets can be purchased from the Local Studies Library. Please call 01302 734307 or email

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