New exhibition delves into Doncaster’s rich rural past

Cusworth Hall in Doncaster.
Cusworth Hall in Doncaster.

A new exhibition has been launched which delves into the rich and varied agricultural past of Doncaster and promises to uncover hidden stories from the area’s landowners and labourers.

‘Life on the Land’, which is open now at Cusworth Hall until September 18, will showcase the town’s agricultural past.

There are also a wide range of items on display from the unique collections of Doncaster Museum, Doncaster Archives and a never before seen private collection.

These include agricultural artefacts and iconic images that characterise Doncaster’s rural past and a small private collection from a local farming family.

The exhibition is based on the research of its curator Dr Sarah Holland, from The University of Nottingham, who specialises in agricultural and rural history.

She said: “Historically over time, Doncaster has become synonymous with Romans, racing, railways and coal mining. However, Doncaster was once a vibrant and important agricultural district – a centre for innovation, experimentation and trade.

“The vestiges of this important trading centre can still be seen in Doncaster’s architecturally notable market buildings. This exhibition will enable people to experience the often hidden, but fascinating and important history of Doncaster’s agricultural and rural past.”