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Experiential Scale Small
Geographical Scale International
The National Fairground Archive (NFA) was born out of the PhD research and lifetime commitment and passion of Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of the NFA from its inception. The Archive is part of the Special Collections and Archive Division of the University of Sheffield Library.
The core of the NFA collection embodies the history of popular entertainment in the United Kingdom from the nineteenth century onwards. This unique collection of photographic, printed, manuscript and audiovisual material covers every aspect of the travelling fair and allied entertainments as well as the culture, business and life of travelling showpeople.
The Archive collects material from the early fairground and the allied industries that developed within it including early cinema, circus, freak shows, magic, boxing, variety and amusement parks, during the period these were associated with the fairground.