Local celebrations as Doncaster Local Archives and Studies site comes to an end

The Checker Road site is the new home to Doncaster’s vast collection of historical and public records.

As work continues to open the facility to the public, a special groundbreaking event was held over the weekend with mini site tours for local residents and stakeholders.

Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Culture and Planning, said: “This brand new facility, which was the old museum, is a fantastic resource right in the heart of our city. Doncaster has an incredible historical collection dating back to the 12e century and I am delighted that with the Council’s investment, our residents, schools and visitors can access this history for their own research and learning.

“Doncaster already has a rich cultural offer and we have the ambition to develop and grow it. Our recently approved Culture Strategy 2030 outlines our aspirations and investments as we recognize how culture brings benefits to health, well-being and community cohesion.

“This new archive facility is another significant investment in our cultural offering and exciting times lie ahead. Just last week we welcomed the Royal Ballet to perform at Cast, which was a wonderful opportunity for our residents to have the chance to see this world renowned ballet company right here on our doorstep. It was also a pleasure to see so many children from our local schools perform a mass dance with dancers from the Royal Ballet and take Sir Nigel Gresley’s Square in a grand celebration of dance, music and theatre.

The Archives site also houses the Local Studies Collection where residents can access information about their family history and the more recent history of their community.

It is expected that the facility will be fully open to the public early next year and that individual researchers will be able to schedule appointments in November to access documents and records. In the meantime, a number of guided tours will be offered to local interest groups, as council staff look forward to welcoming people into the building to experience the richness of Doncaster’s history.

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Last update: October 01, 2022 3:01:00 PM