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About Local Studies

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.

Heritage Festival Heritage Festival

Discover Doncaster’s heritage at this year’s Doncaster Heritage Festival, Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 May 2019.

The 2019 Doncaster Heritage Festival will be launched on Saturday with two fascinating talks – Helen Cox asking the question who was the rightful king, Edward IV or Richard III? And TV historian, Michael Wood, talks about Doncaster’s connection to the decisive Battle of Brunanburh in AD 937, which triggered the making of a united England.

Doncaster-focussed highlights of the festival, include ‘An audience with Brian Blessed’, Doncaster’s heritage ambassador comes home to CAST recalling growing up here and filming ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ at Doncaster Archives.

In 2017 Heritage Doncaster purchased the Conisbrough Court Rolls, 1265-1935, and we have two full days of related events including a number of talks about how you can get involved with the HLF funded project, an insight into the Manor courts and their evolution through time, entertainment from the Doncaster Waites and many free events are being held throughout Conisbrough and Denaby Main.

Doncaster Market Place sees the start of the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire and to celebrate Doncaster’s cycling history, local broadcaster and author, Chris Sidwells talks about Doncaster’s cycling legends including Tom Simpson, a local lad who was the first Englishman to wear the yellow jersey.

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 and beyond. Events will be at a variety of different venues and location from morning to evening, so why not discover something new?

The festival is organised by Heritage Doncaster and is supported by heritage groups across Doncaster for the enjoyment of all. For full event details visit us online at or contact: Doncaster Local Studies call 01302 734307


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