My View, Margaret Herbert: Let more of us see a historic landmark

Doncaster's Mansion House Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/23b
Doncaster's Mansion House Picture Scott Merrylees SM1007/23b

Doncaster’s Mansion House is of outstanding national and local significance.

The Grade I listed building was designed in the Palladian style by James Paine in 1744 and completed in 1748.

Substantial alterations were made to the building in the Regency and Victorian periods.

The building represents the fusion of a Regency neo- classical scheme with a Palladian revival building.

The building was commissioned by Doncaster Corporation as a residence for the Mayor and as a place for civic hospitality and celebrations.

The Mansion House has been at the heart of local events ever since, although for some years the dining room area has been used as a council chamber but with the advent of the council offices in Waterdale this has now been vacated by the council and returned to its original purpose of dinners, weddings and large functions.

At last there is now an opportunity to open up the Mansion House to the public. It is the council’s intention to seek Heritage Lottery funding to properly interpret and display the building and its contents for the benefit of all sections of the community and for future generations.

The Friends of Doncaster Mansion House were formed in January 2015.

Our aims and objectives are to support the council to conserve, restore, research, interpret and display the Mansion House and its contents for all sections of the community and for future generations; to open up the Mansion House to the public; to increase opportunities for schools to visit the Mansion House; to promote the use of the Mansion House as an educational resource for all sections of the community; to provide practical support for the work of the Mansion House staff and the Mansion House Volunteers; to raise funds for the above activities and future projects; to provide a forum for the views of all sections of the community on the future of the Mansion House.

To achieve our aims and objectives we need to recruit more volunteers for the Mansion House and we need to support and train them.

We want to increase the public open days from the present two per month to four per month and then eventually to eight per month.

For each extra open day, we need to recruit an extra six volunteers to give four hours of their time every month. We need tour guides, front of house and behind the scenes volunteers.

We want to develop the Mansion House as an educational resource for all sections of the community.

We want every child in the borough to have opportunity to visit the Mansion House.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, come to one of the open days on October 30, November 20, and December 12 and 22.