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All the Fun of the Fair

Timeshift, Series 11 Episode 3 of 12

Timeshift explores rarely seen images from the University of Sheffield's National Fairground Archive to ride back to the origins of the fairground. From the sideshows, the freak shows and early hand-powered rides to the arrival of steam and electricity, the story of fairs is the tale of one of our first forms of popular entertainment.

The film shows how fairgrounds often provided the only entertainment to rapidly expanding industrial towns. It looks at how, from the 50s, the fairground was the site of youth rebellion, and why we are still entranced by these travelling carnivals that arrive overnight and then vanish just as mysteriously.

Release date:

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 12 May 2016 00:30


Role Contributor
NarratorJulian Rhind-Tutt
Executive ProducerMichael Poole
ProducerFrancis Welch
DirectorFrancis Welch
Series ProducerBen Southwell