It’s the national Explore Your Archive week 14-22 November 2015 and Doncaster Archives will be showing off some of its treasures. You can get involved and explore your archives by attending our events, or visiting Doncaster Archives, or coming to the Central Library on Waterdale to look at the World War One display that will on show during the whole week.
Explore Your Archives Events:
Explore Your First World War Archive
Sat 14 Nov 2015, 11am to 3pm
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road
The Archives and Local Studies Library will be contributing to the Doncaster 1914-18 Roadshow www.doncaster1914-18.org.uk
, which reaches Doncaster Museum this Saturday. To illustrate the impact of the Great War on the home front a variety of records will be on show. These will include school logbooks, which were headteachers' diaries, recounting events such as the requisitioning of school buildings for military use and the influenza epidemic of 1918; the employee registers from the Plant, showing the departure of workers tp join up; and records from of the tribunals in Doncaster and Tickhill that heard pleas from reluctant conscripts and their families.
You can also be a part of for the launch of the brand new Doncaster 1914-18 website. Bring along your own First World War photographs, documents and memorabilia to be copied and added to our new online archive.
Rossington Heritage Day
Sun 15 Nov 2015, 10:30am to 3:30pm
Rossington Miners’ Welfare
Doncaster Archives has been invited to take part in Rossington's Heritage Day. This is an opportunity to present some original archival materials in the locality they describe - and Rossington is particularly well-served by the archives for the very good reason that the village belonged to the town council of Doncaster for more than 300 years.
We can only give a flavour of the selection of items on show, but in addition to maps, deeds and photographs, on display at the Welfare Hall will be the earliest surviving copy of Henry VII’s original charter of 1505, by which he gave Rossington to the council (the original no longer survives), as well as documentation of later conveyances, with the sale of the estate into private hands in 1838 and the sale of Rossington Hall in 1938 represented by copies of the sale catalogues and accompanying maps.
You can also visit Doncaster Archives to find out more about Doncaster’s local history: you’ll be amazed at what you might uncover. Opening times are Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 4.45pm. The Archives service is closed at weekends and on public holidays. To find out more visit http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/archives