Explore the archives in Doncaster


The doors of the Doncaster Archives and Local Studies Library will be thrown open to celebrate the town’s proud racing history next week.

The facility is holding a week of events to mark National Archive Week.

It is hoped the events will raise awareness of the work the archive staff do and reveal the possibilities offered by the extraordinary range of collections the town’s archives hold.

Coun Bob Johnson, cabinet member for culture, said: “I hope people take advantage of these events which offer an insight into our town’s rich racing history and our fantastic archives and library service.”

On Saturday, Doncaster Archives will open on a Saturday for the first time since 1980 to mark the start of National Archive Week.

The repository, on King Edward Road in Balby, which has ample free parking, will be open from 10am to 1pm. There will be a display of documents, maps and photographs to illustrate the history of racing in the town. Tours behind the scenes will be on offer for small pre-booked parties.

The official opening will be on Monday. An exhibition illustrating the town’s horseracing history will be on display in the public reading room at King Edward Road in Balby from 2pm to 4.30pm. Tea and coffee will be available at this event and, once again, tours behind the scenes will be on offer for small pre-booked parties. The Civic Mayor, Coun Eddie Dobbs will be attending at 2pm.

Next Thursday, November 21, at 10am, local author Tony Barber will give a talk on the history of the St Leger and his research carried out at Doncaster Archives and Local Studies Library. Tickets are £3, to include tea and coffee, and will be available from The Local Studies Library and Doncaster Archives. The talk will be held at Doncaster Central Library, Waterdale.

In addition, Archives and Local Studies staff are putting together ‘Story Boxes’ containing interesting images and other archival material linked to the horse racing theme. The items will show the impact that racing – and especially the annual St Leger meeting – has had on the borough. The boxes will be on display at the events and will be used at schools and libraries.