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Doncaster Heritage Festival 2013

posted 22 Jan 2013, 13:14 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 14:59 ]

Saturday 9 February, 10am-4pm

Doncaster Local History Fair 2013

Doncaster Museum

There will be displays and advice from local and family history societies, commercial genealogical stands, children’s quizzes and activities, local photographs and slideshow. Free admission. For more information visit http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/local-studies or contact the Local Studies staff on 01302 734307

Monday 11 February, 2pm-3pm

The Sand House: A Victorian Marvel: a talk by Richard Bell

Meeting Room 1, Central Library

Find out about the amazing Victorian house carved from a sandstone strata, the intriguing tunnels and carvings including the Elephant and Mahout and the recent related exhibition.

Tickets £2. Booking essential.

For tickets and more information please visit

http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/local-studies or contact Local Studies staff on 01302 734307 or central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

Tuesday 12 February, 2pm-4pm

Two Norman Towns: Bawtry and Tickhill a talk by Prof. David Hey

Doncaster Mansion House

Local Yorkshire Historian and President of the British Association of Local History, Professor David Hey talks about the history of two Norman towns, Bawtry and Tickhill.

Tickets £5. Booking essential.

For tickets and more information please visit

http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/local-studies or contact Local Studies staff on 01302 734307 or central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

Wednesday 13 February, 10.30am-12.30pm

Guided Heritage Walk: South

Doncaster Tourist Information Office (starting point)

A gentle two-hour stroll around the south of the town looking at the Georgian and Victorian heritage.

Cost £4.

For more information contact the Tourist Information on 01302 734309.

Wednesday 13 February, 2pm-4.45pm

School Records Open Day

Doncaster Archives, King Edward Road, Balby

A free, drop-in exhibition of records held at Doncaster Archives relating to school in the local area.

For more information please contact Doncaster Archives on 01302 859811 or email doncaster.archives@doncaster.gov.uk

Thursday 14 February, 11am - 3pm

Cusworth Cooks and Nannies: The secret life of the servants of Cusworth Hall.

Guided tours through the day. Please contact Cusworth Hall to book a place

£3 per person includes admission to Hall

Thursday 14 February, 2pm-5pm

Family History for Beginners Workshop part 1: Sources

Meeting Room 5, Central Library

Learn about the sources used to begin your family history.

Free but booking essential as places are limited.

Contact Local Studies staff on 01302 734307 or central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

Friday 15 February, 9.30am-12.30pm

Family History for Beginners Workshop part 2: Internet sites

Meeting Room 1, Central Library

Hands-on session using various Internet sites including the free library subscriptions to Find my Past.co.uk and Ancestry.com.

Free but booking essential as places are limited.

Contact Local Studies staff on 01302 734307 or central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

Sunday 17 February, 1pm - 3pm

Cusworth Cooks and Nannies: The secret life of the servants of Cusworth Hall.

Family activities, crafts and tours

£3 per person includes admission to Hall

Monday 18 February, 2-4pm

Enemies at the Gate: English castles under siege a talk by Julian Humphrys

Meeting Room 1, Central Library

TV and radio contributor Julian Humphrys talks about English castles and their history during sieges.

Cost £2. Booking essential.

For tickets and more information please visit

http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/local-studies or contact Local Studies staff on 01302 734307 or central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

Tuesday 19 February, 2-4pm

The Battle of Wakefield 1460: a talk by Helen Cox

Meeting Room 1, Central Library

Local Historian Helen, Cox talks about one of the local battles fought between Yorkists and Lancastrians during the War of the Roses.

Cost £2. Booking essential.

For tickets and more information please visit

http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/local-studies or contact Local Studies staff on 01302 734307 or central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

Wednesday 20 February, 10.30am-12.30pm

Guided Heritage Walk: North

Doncaster Tourist Information Office (starting point)

A gentle two-hour stroll around the town centre looking at major public buildings and the town’s roman heritage.

Cost £4.

For more information contact the Tourist Information on 01302 734309.

Wednesday 20 February, 2pm-4pm

Who Do You Think You Are? A talk by Nick Barratt

Doncaster Mansion House

Archivist and TV presenter, Nick Barratt talks about family history and in particular the tales behind the popular television programme, Who Do You Think You Are?

Tickets £5. Booking essential.

For tickets and more information please visit

http://library.doncaster.gov.uk/web/arena/local-studies or contact Local Studies staff on 01302 734307 or central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk

Wednesday 20 February, 7pm start

The Great Fire: a talk by Clive Howarth

Doncaster Minster

The Great Fire of 1853, which saw the destruction of the original St George’s church is the subject of this talk given by Clive Howarth, churchwarden at the Minster

Tickets £5 to include refreshments and a tour of the Minster.

Pay on the door.

Thursday 21 February, 10.30am

Guided Walk at Hyde Park Cemetery: ‘Doncaster’s Mayors’

10.30am at the Main Entrance at Carr Lane (near Adrian Welch Glass & Glazing)

Free but donations to the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery are welcomed

Thursday 21 February, 1pm - 3pm

Cusworth Cooks and Nannies: The secret life of the servants of Cusworth Hall.

Family activities, crafts and tours

£3 per person includes admission to Hall

Thursday 21 February, 7pm start

The Archaeology of the Minster: a talk by Peter Robinson

Doncaster Minster

Peter Robinson, archaeologist and Museum Officer, gives an insight into the archaeological findings of the present day Minster and the remains of the pre 1853 St George’s church.

Tickets £5 to include refreshments and a tour of the Minster.

Pay on the door.

Friday 22 February, 10am-11am

Palaeography workshop: how to read old documents

Doncaster Archives, King Edward Road, Balby

A hands-on workshop with Dr Charles Kelham, who provides an introduction to the handwriting used in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century documents.

Free but as places are limited booking is essential via Doncaster Archives on 01302 859811 or doncaster.archives@doncaster.gov.uk

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