James Paine Festival (2017)

Doncaster Mansion House

Throughout 2017, the Friends of Doncaster Mansion House are working in partnership with the University of York, Doncaster Civic Trust and Doncaster Council to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Georgian architect James Paine (1717-1789).

A new, permanent exhibition on the life and works of James Paine went on display for the first time at the Festival launch on 25 March, created in collaboration with members of the Historic Houses Association whose properties were designed by Paine. From the Friends of Doncaster Mansion House website:

‘The partnership between the Friends and University of York produced the centrepiece of the exhibition, the James Paine Story. This was created by George Norton, an MA student at York who is working with the Friends until September 2017 to help develop a wider appreciation of Paine and his work. The exhibition also showcased some of Paine’s published plans and drawings, demonstrating the range and output of the architect.’

A symposium was also held as part of the launch.

Other initiatives planned for the tercentenary include:

  • Staging a series of architectural and cultural events at the Mansion House to celebrate Paine’s life and works;
  • Creating an interactive James Paine website;
  • Inviting owners of James Paine buildings to open up their buildings to the public at some time during 2017, and encouraging them to hold events celebrating Paine’s life and works.

For further details, visit the Friends of Doncaster Mansion House website; download the leaflet produced by the Friends; and read an article from the Historic Houses Association Magazine (Winter 2016) by Owen Evans, secretary of the Friends.

George Norton (MA student, University of York) with the James Paine exhibition at Doncaster Mansion House

MA student George Norton in front of the James Paine exhibition at Doncaster Mansion House


[Published May 2017]



Main image: Part of the new permanent exhibition on architect James Paine at the Doncaster Mansion House; photo: YAHCs, University of York

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