Take a step back in time at Doncaster Heritage Festival

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Take a step back in time and see how we used to live at the Doncaster Heritage Festival which is taking place this week.

The event, running until May 15, gives residents the chance to celebrate the borough’s rich and varied history.

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Organised by Doncaster Council, the fortnight long festival is supported by heritage groups across the town.

There will be a series of events, talks, walks and workshops including a talk about William Bradford the Mayflower Pilgrim of Austerfield, a heritage walk around Tickhill, a tour of Doncaster Minster, First World War history workshops and much more.

Residents are being invited to look around Doncaster’s iconic Mansion House on Friday, May 6, as part of the event. The open day, between 10am and 2pm, is being organised by Friends of the Mansion House.

Several members of the group will be wearing Victorian costumes and pianist Brian Limb will provide entertainment.

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Margaret Herbert, of Friends of the Mansion House, said: “It’s a big part of Doncaster’s history. There are only three Mansion Houses in the country, and I think it’s the best one.

“We need to get people using it.”

Another highlight is Ian McMillan amd Ian Beesley who present Magic Lantern Tales on May 10, 6.45pm at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery. The performance of poetry and pictures brings to life the men and women who survived Doncaster’s First World War.

An illustrated talk on The Sand House takes place tomorrow (Thursday, May 5) from 6.30pm at Doncaster Brewery and Tap, tickets for this event are £2.50 each and are available on 01302 734307 or email central.localhistory@doncaster.gov.uk. There is also a local history fair on Saturday, May 7, at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, 11am-4pm, where there will be almost 20 heritage groups present.

Karen Johnson, Doncaster Council’s assistant director of communities, said: “This is a good opportunity for residents to learn more about Doncaster’s rich and varied history, as well as take part in some great events. I would encourage everyone to visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/heritagefestival to find out more. Some of the events are ticket-only so please book now to avoid disappointment.”