Rail and races roll into Doncaster

Cllr Bob Johnson looks at The Finish of the 1931 St Leger, by Charles Simpson in the Horsing Around exhibit at Doncaster Museum for the St Leger Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe
Cllr Bob Johnson looks at The Finish of the 1931 St Leger, by Charles Simpson in the Horsing Around exhibit at Doncaster Museum for the St Leger Festival. Picture: Andrew Roe

It is full steam ahead for two exhibitions which will speed into Doncaster to mark this year’s St Leger horse race.

The town’s past will be revisited at Doncaster Museum with the displays which will focus on two of Doncaster’s major imports – horse racing and railways.

Mallard – A Doncaster Thoroughbred is a celebration of the world’s fastest steam engine, Mallard, built in Doncaster in 1938, and the other A4 locomotives designed by Sir Nigel Gresley.

The display includes nameplates from other famous A4s such as Seagull, Kingfisher, Silver King and P2 locomotive Cock o’the North, while visitors will also be able to see Sir Nigel’s boardroom table, on which original designs and papers would have been displayed.

Rare artefacts from the Doncaster Grammar School railway collection are also included.

One of these is the original Royal Coat of Arms of Canada, borrowed by the National Railway Museum for the restoration of Dominion of Canada.

Visitors will also be able to see famous railway artist Terence Cuneo’s masterpiece Giants Refreshed.

Also on display at the exhibition – which runs from Friday, September 6, to Saturday, November 2 – are letters and notebooks written by Sir Nigel.

Horsing Around runs from Saturdays, August 31, to October 12, and brings together some of the finest equine images from Doncaster Council’s collection, including Charles Simpson.

St Leger Festival Week runs from Friday to Sunday, September 6 to 15.

The famous classic horse race the St Leger Stakes – a group-one flat race open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies – takes place at Doncaster Racecouse on Saturday, September 14.