Cultural and Learning Centre
An iconic new home planned for Doncaster’s Cultural and Learning Centre.
Doncaster has major plans for a £14 million, iconic 21st century combined museum and library building which will transform how library and heritage resources are provided in the borough.
The new library building would include part of the remaining frontage of the former Doncaster Grammar School for Girls and could become one of the borough’s most eye-catching buildings delivering the very latest cultural facilities and services for the benefit of Doncaster. The current library site is expected to become housing or shops.
Keeping the element of the former girls school means we can preserve Doncaster's heritage and create a building that could possibly bring local and national awards. This is seen as a once in a lifetime chance to transform a 1960’s building into something for the 21st century.
The plan could see three existing buildings (Doncaster Central Library, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and the Library Services for Schools at Top Road, Barnby Dun) consolidated into one dynamic central hub that will inspire creativity, informal learning and innovation. The current museum on Chequer Road will become a storage facility for the new building.
The new space will help support the local and creative economy, by providing opportunities for young people, entrepreneurs, businesses and residents to develop skills that help build a successful career. The striking building will also have the space and facilities to display exhibits which have been locked away from public view for years, including:
- The famous Danum Shield
- Royal Borough Charters
- Heritage collections celebrating Doncaster’s proud history in railways, horseracing, mining and as a historic Roman town.
The construction work has commenced with construction expected to be completed early 2020 and the building opening by the Spring the same year.
A bit of history: Doncaster Girls' School was built in 1910 and extended in 1935.It merged with Doncaster Boys' Grammar in 1971 to become Hall Cross Comprehensive but was mostly demolished in 2013 leaving the frontage of the former Doncaster Grammar School for Girls.
Below is a video showing how the new building will look: