February 14, 2014 6:54 pm

Snapshot: Acrobats with Winship’s Circus, July 1957

The photographs taken by Lionel Bathe are included in the National Fairground Archive’s unique record of the lives of travelling showpeople in Britain, from the 1800s to the present day

These acrobats braving a British summer’s day were photographed in 1957 by Lionel Bathe at Winship’s Circus, in Dursley, Gloucestershire. Bathe took thousands of photographs of circuses during the 1940s and 1950s – 6,000 of them now held in the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield (nfa.dept.shef.ac.uk). A unique record of the lives of travelling showpeople in Britain (see slideshow below), the archive covers the 1800s to the present day and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Materials from the archive will be included in a display of model fairgrounds at the banqueting suite of Leeds United football club as part of Leeds Baby Valentine’s Fair. The main Leeds Valentine’s funfair (leedsvalentinesfair.co.uk) continues in the Elland Road car parks until February 23.

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