“We may not be able to come together for this year’s Doncaster Heritage Festival, but we are pleased to be bringing you an online lecture! We hope that you enjoy this fascinating talk and we are looking forward to being able to share moments of learning and curiosity like this together again soon.
David Hey Memorial Lecture
Warenne: The Earls of Surrey and Conisbrough Castle
A talk by Sharon Bennett Connolly
Hear from Sharon Bennett Connolly virtually as she talks about her research into the Warennes, the earls of Surrey who held Conisbrough from the Norman Conquest until the death of the last earl in 1347.
A family at the centre of English history for almost 300 years. It is a story of strong family loyalties, national and international rivalries, rebellion and civil wars, lost loves and royal connections. It’s also the story of Conisbrough’s iconic castle!
This talk is dedicated to David Hey. In the 1970s he was one of few professional historians to respond in a positive way to the growing interest in family and local history. David was a highly regarded and pioneering figure in this field.He held posts of importance such as being Professor of Local and Family History at the University of Sheffield and President of the British Association of Local History.
But he was first and foremost a Yorkshireman at heart and never forgot his roots. He was the Patron of the Doncaster and District Heritage Association and gave a talk at the 2013 Heritage Festival.”
Source: Heritage Doncaster