Love history, love Doncaster Heritage Festival 2017

Time Team archaeologist Professor Carenza Lewis is set to bring history to life at the seventh annual Doncaster Heritage Festival.

She will be speaking about the plague and public archaeology at Doncaster Museum on Tuesday 2 May.

There are a wide variety of events planned for the festival, which runs between Saturday 22 April and Sunday 7 May, at a variety of venues and times across the borough.

Highlights will include the annual Local History Fair and insights into the literary family the Brontes and Mansion House architect James Paine. 

Doncaster Heritage Services have organised a packed, heritage-themed programme of events, talks, walks and workshops with some exhibitions remaining open after the end of the festival to give people more time to see them.

Professor Carenza Lewis said: “I’m really looking forward to talking to the Doncaster Heritage festival about the impact of the Black Death on rural communities, including some from Yorkshire – and showing how anyone can find new evidence for what happened after this terrible epidemic to the place they live in.”

Highlights include: 
The annual Local History Fair, now it its 14th year, will be held between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 22 April at Doncaster Museum, Chequer Road, and will launch the festival. The free Local History Fair is organised by member groups of the Doncaster and District Heritage Association. There will be stalls, displays, family activities, re-enactments and entertainment. 

Popular speaker Helen Cox makes a return visit to Doncaster Heritage Festival to give an overview of the Brontes, one of Britain’s most famous literary families and the subject of the recent BBC drama, ‘To walk invisible’ . Tickets are £2 from Central Library and the talk will be held on Friday 28 April, between 10.30am and 11.30am at Doncaster Central Library. 

Professor Carenza Lewis will give the David Hey Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 2 May at 7.30pm at Doncaster Museum. Tickets cost £5 from the Central Library and the talk will look at her ten year programme of 2,000 archaeological excavations in the village gardens of Eastern England, which has shown how badly the communities were affected by the plague. 

The free May Day at Cusworth Hall event will be held between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 30 April at the hall and park. People can try their hand at Maypole dancing, meet cook in the Great Kitchen and have a go at family trails inside the hall. There will be some family craft activities, for which there will be a small charge.

A series of informal workshops and open events to learn more about local and family history include: 

A palaeography workshop at Doncaster Archives, between 10am and 12pm on Tuesday 2 May. Borough archivist Dr Charles Kelham will lead an informal discussion on medieval script. Tickets are free but places need to be booked by calling 01302 859811.

The free Mayflower Day event at Austerfield Study Centre will showcase the history and heritage of Austerfield. There will be village trails, children’s events, races and games between 11am and 4pm on Monday 1 May. 

For more information visit Heritage Festival

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Last updated: 27 March 2017 13:36:46