Take a trip down memory lane

Richard Bell from the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery with the grave of Corporal T. W. Booth at Hyde Park Cemetery in Doncaster.
Richard Bell from the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery with the grave of Corporal T. W. Booth at Hyde Park Cemetery in Doncaster.

Take a trip down memory lane and delve into Doncaster’s past with a look back at decades of the town’s history at a week-long historical extravaganza.

The Doncaster Heritage Festival kicked off earlier this week - but there’s still time to get involved in a host of talks, events and workshops aimed at putting the region’s past firmly in the spotlight.

Doncaster news: 2/7/2004''Christ Church.

Doncaster news: 2/7/2004''Christ Church.

Topics such as the First World War, The Magna Carta, family history and how to research a family tree will all be on offer at a series of events across the borough.

The historic Sand House, a mysterious underground chamber of sand carvings, long since lost in Doncaster’s redevelopment, will form the basis of one of the talks, while visitors will be able to discover the history on their doortstep with a trip around some of Doncaster’s most notable streets.

Historian Helen Wallder, Local Studies Officer with Doncaster Council, said: “If any of you haven’t come across the festival before it is two weeks where we really concentrate on local history and its wider context. Love history? Love Doncaster Heritage Festival!” And Mexborough-born acting legend Brian Blessed, recovering from heart surgery, has also given his thumbs-up to the festival.

The booming-voiced Dearne star, who visited Doncaster Archives while filming an episode of BBC family history show Who Do You Think You Are? and later agreed to become an ambassador for Doncaster’s Heritage Services, said: “Our local history is important because it’s about who we are, and this shapes our future.” important!”