This is what you have decided to call the new Doncaster museum and library

Today we can reveal the name you have chosen for the new Doncaster library, museum and art gallery building which will open later this year.

By David Kessen
Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 11:27 am

After thousands of our readers voted for the shortlisted options on our website, the building on Waterdale is set to be named as the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum.

Three names were shortlisted by the Free Press and council officials after you put through hundreds of suggestions, with many of them involving the word Danum – the name of the Roman fort that was based at the site of the town.

But at the close of voting, 67 per cent had backed the winning suggestion, which had been put forward by reader Rachel Cook.

The site of the art gallery, library and museum

It beat The Atrium (20 per cent), based on the shape of the building, and the Engine House (13 per cent), based on Doncaster’s railway heritage.

Rachel, from Lakeside, said: “I felt that it was important to choose a name that encompassed the heritage and history of the district. The Romans inhabited the area which is present day Doncaster, and named it Danum. ‘Gallery’ evokes the promise of displays and exhibitions. It is therefore a fitting addition to the name which has been chosen.”

Free Press editor Nancy Fielder said: “Our readers have made their choice, and they have opted for a name that reflects both the town’s Roman history, and the functions of the building. I’d like to thank all of you who voted.”

Coun Nigel Ball, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “We have listened to Doncaster residents and they have plumped for a name which says what the building is and roots it in our proud heritage. It is an excellent name.

“Danum Gallery, Library and Museum will be another first class facility and attraction in our fast expanding Civic and Cultural Quarter which benefits Doncaster town centre and the whole of our wonderful borough.

“Danum Gallery, Library and Museum will open in the summer. Officials say it will showcase a host of absorbing exhibits and offer a range of top quality services which local residents can enjoy and use to learn, acquire knowledge and help them make the most of their lives.”