Heritage Open Days

The National Trust are currently organising Heritage Open Days for 2022.   They will be held from Friday 9th September to Sunday 18th September 2022.

We will be opening the William Layne Reading Room on Aughton Lane, Aston on Friday 9th September from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10th September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and discover our local history through documents, maps and photographs.  Visitors can browse our albums of photographs showing the changes over the years in Aston, Aughton, Swallownest, Fence and Ulley.   We have albums of information about local men who died in the two World Wars and the results of recent research into mining fatalities in local collieries.    You can also see the results of our research into all the graves in Aston churchyard, including photographs.    Display cabinets will also show the history of mining, education, churches and chapels and notable people

We are also collecting a pictorial history of the villages of Aston, Aughton, Swallownest, Fence and Ulley.   If you have any photographs of local people places and events, please bring them along.   We would love to see them and copy them for our albums.

Our local history books will be on sale including our new book “Volunteering in Wartime – Local Defence in Aston-cum-Aughton 1939 to 1945”.    An ideal present.


The William Layne Reading Room is about one mile from Junction 31 on the M1. Leave the roundabout on the dual carriageway signposted Sheffield A57 and immediately turn right onto the B6067 signposted Aston. Follow the road through Aston village and at the junction with shops facing you, turn right (signposted Rotherham). There is a car park on the left  (2 hours restricted time parking) and the Reading Room is opposite the car park.     Parking is also available on side streets.