Here is how YOU can decide the name of the new Doncaster library, museum and art gallery

You’ve seen it taking shape on Waterdale.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 9:20 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 10:20 am
Here is how the site of the Doncaster Museum, Library and Art Gallery looks today
Here is how the site of the Doncaster Museum, Library and Art Gallery looks today

And now you have the chance to decide what to call the newest landmark building on the Doncaster skyline.

After we appealed to you, our readers to make suggestions to include on a shortlist of names for the museum, today we reveal the names on the list – and how you can have your say by voting on this webpage before Friday, December 20.

After a meeting with top officials from Doncaster Council, we and the council have drawn up a list of three – and we want you to choose the one you want by voting in our online poll.

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The final shortlist of names is:

n Danum Gallery, Library and Museum

> The Atrium

> The Engine House

Doncaster Free Press Editor Nancy Fielder said: “The new library, museum and art gallery is going to be an important building for Doncaster, and we want to make sure that it gets a name that the public is happy with. That’s why we want you to take part in our vote to decide what the name should be. It is your suggestions that have been included on the shortlist – now it is time for you, our readers, to have the final say.”

Debbie John-Lewis, assistant director communities, said: “We received hundreds of entries from Free Press readers and local residents and it was a difficult process whittling them down to this shortlist. We now have three strong potential names for the new building and it will be interesting to see what the people of Doncaster decide.

“The new Central Library and Museum is really starting to take shape and will become an important community asset. These are exciting times for culture, learning and heritage and the ongoing regeneration of our town centre.”

Coun Nigel Ball, cabinet member for public health, leisure and culture, said: “The new central library and museum is going to be a high quality facility offering a wide range of modern services. It will showcase fascinating exhibits that celebrate Doncaster’s diverse heritage and will inspire local residents to learn, gain knowledge and better themselves.”

“In The Atrium, Danum Gallery, Library and Museum and The Engine House we have created a shortlist of names which reflect the building and our heritage. It’s now down to Doncaster residents to make the final choice for a building which will be such an invaluable resource for our communities.”

These are the reasons why each of the three names were shortlisted:

Danum Gallery, Library and Museum: It is a straightforward prosaic description of what the new building does, although it is also has a nod to the borough’s Roman past, with the Roman name for the town, Danum. It describes the three main services that will be offered at the museum, which is due to serve as a museum, library and art gallery. It represents some continuation from the previous museum building on Chequer Road, which was known simply as Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Though Doncaster town did not exist before the Romans arrived, the word its name is based on probably did. When the Roman authorities built a fort on the banks of the River Don they called it Danum, meaning the place or river called Danu. This was the name that the local Iron Age inhabitants gave to the river.

The Atrium: The first public library in Rome was founded by Asinius Polliuo. From money raised in wars he built the library at the Atrium Liberatis, which he decorated with statues of Roman heroes and other famous works of art, with the building open to the public. The library had Greek and Latin wings and it is said that setting up such a library had been one of Caesar’s ambitions. Atria were widely used by the Romans for light and ventilation. In architectural language, atrium is used to describe is a large room, often with a glass roof or walls, often in the middle of a large building. Nowadays, they are often several floors high, next to the main entrance to the building. The glass entrance to the new museum fits the description with a large glass frontage at the entrance, and the term links with Doncaster’s Roman history and the building’s use

The Engine House: This option would represent the borough’s history of rail heritage, which saw the town’s famous Doncaster Plantworks build some of the most famous railway engines in history, such as the iconic Flying Scotsman, and Mallard, which holds the world speed record for a steam locomotive. The plans for the new museum, library and art gallery include railway tracks and a door which will allow for a full sized railway engine to enter. The plan is to display up to two engines which are expected to be loaned from another organisation. The museum will also include other railway memorabilia.

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