Roll up, roll up for exhibition of Sheffield circuses

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A NEW exhibition of shows, fairs and circuses held in Sheffield over the last 200 years is to open.

Sheffield University’s Professor Vanessa Toulmin opens the doors to her new exhibition on Thursday and it will run until Monday, May 6.

Visitors to the exhibition at the National Fairground Archive at the university will be able to see original posters, footage and rare artefacts from two centuries of entertainment in the city.

Films and recordings of acts and a film of the university taken in 1905 will also be available.

The exhibition covers the world of illegitimate entertainment, the growth of the music hall and variety in the 20th century, the world of magic, early cinematograph shows and travelling funfairs.

Professor Toulmin said: “Sheffield has a long and important association with the travelling fairground community.

“I’m delighted to be opening up Sheffield’s rich entertainment heritage to the public.

“There are so many rare gems in this exhibition, from famous names like Harry Houdini to local heroes that made their mark on the industry.”