Doncaster Civic Trust

An independent group of local people interested in Doncaster’s heritage

Meet George Norton

Since 2015 the Trust have been giving support to the Friends of Doncaster Mansion House – to help them become established and to develop projects to make this wonderful Doncaster building more accessible to the public. Many Trust members are also Friends. Our chairman John Holmes is deputy chair of the Friends Trustees.

In 2016, the Friends in association with the Trust made contact with the University of York’s History of Art and Architecture department and were offered the opportunity to joint-fund a studentship. The scope of this was to have a post-graduate student working with the Friends at the Mansion House one day a week for a 12 month period. In addition, the student would undertake a Master of Arts dissertation on a subject which would contribute to the Trust’s educational ambitions.

Last summer, a panel from the University, Friends and Trust appointed 22 year old George Norton to take up the studentship.

Some of our members will already have met George at the launch of the James Paine Festival at the Mansion House in March 2017 and had a chance to view the fruits of his labours – the James Paine exhibition and hear him as a speaker at the event, talking about how he put together the exhibition.

George graduated with a first class honours BA in History of Art from the University of York in 2015 and has worked for the National Trust at Gibside giving tours to the public and organising events. George packs a lot into his life – cricketer, musician and volunteer.

For the second part of his work at the Mansion House he is compiling a web database of Paine’s work throughout the UK.

In April he began work on his dissertation. The subject, exploring the relationship between the Mansion House and Doncaster’s numerous country estates was suggested by the Trust to contribute to our education programme. His work is intended to be used to develop another schools education package along the lines of the ‘Doncaster Toolkit’ already in all of Doncaster schools.

George finishes his studentship in September 2017 but we will have an opportunity to find out about the results of his work when he presents his findings at the James Paine event in October.

Meet George Norton

George (second left) with speakers at the James Paine Launch March 2017