Fairground archives

This guide was last updated in 2011

The first place to look would be the National Fairground Archive (NFA) at the University of Sheffield Library. The archive holds a large body of photographic resources, trade newspapers and has a dedicated family history section on its website.

Much of the material relates to the 19th and 20th century and early material is not held in the Archive but if you family travelled on the fairgrounds the Archive will hold something relating to them.

The reading room is open to the public but all research must be done in question or incur an administration or research charge.

The NFA contains many records which are not held elsewhere including more than 4,000 books on the history of fairground and circus entertainment and has a set of reading lists on the website for further research.

Fairground ancestors may have operated shows covering other aspects of entertainment history and the NFA holds information on circus performers, magicians, lion tamers and other associated occupations found in the 19th century and mid-20th century fairground.

See www.nfa.dept.shef.ac.uk/intro/family.html, contact 0114 222 7231 or email nfa@sheffield.ac.uk.


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