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The Language of the Fairground Community: Secrets of Parlyaree

parlyaree(pəlˈjɑːri, pɑːrl-)NOUN Polari; a distinctive English argot in use since at least the 18th century among groups of theatrical...

The Amateur Historian’s Role in Making History Accessible

Perceptions of the past are integral to a community’s sense of identity and understanding of their present. From a young age people...

The Red Cross Heroine

In 2020, the British Red Cross Society celebrated its 150th anniversary. When the society was formed in August 1870, its purpose was...

Bob Brighton Collection: A Life in Colour

The University Heritage Collection consists of thousands of objects that the University of Sheffield has acquired since its foundation in 1905. These...

Digitisation During a Pandemic: New Approaches to Providing Access for Teaching

When the Covid-19 pandemic changed academic life, the University of Sheffield Library was in a strong position to continue to offer many...

The Conservation of the Orton and Spooner Company’s Fairground Ride Designs

In 2019 the National Fairground and Circus Archive (NFCA) was awarded a conservation grant by the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT) to...

Who is that clown? Researching Victorian circus photographs

In October 2017 the National Fairground and Circus Archive was fortunate in being able to acquire an important collection of photographs and...