There is much going on in Doncaster every month on a historical theme with a number of groups providing a mixture of events and talks etc. On this page you will find a list of some of them.

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This message is the latest in a series of updates on the project that  includes an exhibition, training course, educational workshops, stone-carving demonstrations and an oral history day, celebrating Doncaster’s unique Sand House. It runs from late-April until late-June 2012. The exhibition’s centrepiece will be a full-sized re-creation of the Sand House’s iconic ‘Elephant and Mahout’ carving.

So, the time has finally arrived!  We gained access to the Gallery at The Point, South Parade, Doncaster, on Wednesday and a huge amount of work has already been done in preparation for the ‘Sand House – The Elephant in the Room’ exhibition.  Over the course of the past two days, almost 40 tonnes of sand has been brought into the Gallery, placed in the formwork and compacted in layers.  We now have a hugely impressive mass of sand in place, ready for sculpting to begin.  The mezzanine will be open to the public from Monday (23rd April) to Saturday (28th) to see the ‘Elephant and Mahout’ gradually emerge.
Momentum is building for the ‘publicity machine’, as we try to bring the project to the attention of as many people as possible.  There was good news yesterday, when BBC Radio Sheffield confirmed that they will be coming to The Point on Tuesday 24th,to broadcast a live link into the Rony Robinson Show.  This will be between noon and 12:30pm.  If you’re not able to listen live, you’ll be able to do so on BBC iPlayer for the following 7 days.
The Sand Sculpture Training Course starts on Wednesday, with an excellent group of trainees taking part.  I have high hopes for the quality of the carvings that they’ll create, as their contribution to the exhibition.
Don’t forget that you can have a go at Sand Sculpture yourself, at the Family Workshops on Saturday 12th May.
After that there’s the Stone-carving Demonstrations to look forward to at Doncaster Minster on 24/25/26 May.
Then, the recently-announced Oral History Day takes place on Thursday 31st May.  If you have personal recollections of the Sand House tunnels, or even of the house itself, please come along to The Point.  We’ll make recordings to form an audio archive about the Sand House, for posterity.
If that isn’t enough, I shall be giving my Illustrated Talk about the Sand House on Thursday 7th June, at 7pm.
More details of all the above events can be found on the Sand House website. Also, please go to for a slightly different perspective.  Or you can follow me on Twitter @sandhouseman.