Off the Shelf Festival of Words 2014
October 11 – November 1
Travelling fairs, circus and entertainment from the 1800s to the present day will be brought to life at The Auditorium, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, on Tuesday November 4 at 7.30pm in a fascinating and beautifully illustrated talk by Professor Vanessa Toulmin. The talk celebrates 20 years of the National Fairground Archive.
Professor Vanessa Toulmin is the Director and Founder of the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield. The NFA is a unique collection of material covering the culture and history of travelling fairs which began in the basement of Sheffield University and has now grown into an exhibition space, a reading room and a dedicated staff. With posters, photographs, handbills, journals, books, films and more, this is a rich and varied collection of material.
Vanessa said: “The last twenty years have been an incredible journey collecting stories, materials, photographs and living history of both a way of life and a fantastic historical resource. I want to share the story of how the NFA was founded, the family inspiration behind it and what we have achieved over the past two decades. “
No Fixed Abode will take place on Tuesday 4 November at The Auditorium, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield 10. Tickets are £8/£6.50 (cons) and available from www.sivtickets.com from Sheffield City Hall Box Office Tel. 0114 22 33 777 or from the University of Sheffield Students Union Box Office