Marvels & Mayhem

Discover
Blackpool Tower Circus.

Marvels & Mayhem is an exciting project funded by Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, delivered by the Museums Association which aims to enhance our understanding and knowledge of the Blackpool Tower Circus Collection. 

Bronleys

Bronleys

1962

Cairoli & Buchanan

Cairoli & Buchanan

1954

Five Amandis

Five Amandis

1955

6 flying De Pauls

6 flying De Pauls

1958

Frances Duncan

Frances Duncan

1955

Knies elephants

Knies elephants

1955

Voices from the Circus

Norman Barrett

Norman Barrett, one of Britain’s best known circus personalities was the Ringmaster at Blackpool Tower Circus for 25 years.

Last year Norman held a talk at the Imperial Hotel about his fascinating and successful career and connection to Blackpool Tower Circus.  

Udo Schone

A talented roller skater who performed in the Tower Circus in 1959, Udo Schone has created this digital story using his own collections and with the support of Showtown Museum and Marvels and Mayhem to share a small snippet of experiences of working in the Circus.

The Amazing Gridneffs

Yuri Gridneff, of Blackpool Circus School, has created this digital story using his own collections and with the support of Showtown Museum and Marvels and Mayhem.

It is the story of The Gridneff family and their international story of touring with circus from Siberia to Blackpool throughout the twentieth century.

 

 

Resources for schools

A pack has been designed to support Key Stage 2 literacy work in the classroom, based upon the amazing Blackpool Tower Circus Collection of circus pictures, poster and programmes. 
A special story has been commissioned by storyteller Emily Hennessey, inspired by the Circus Collection, to accompany this pack. Activities can be delivered as a cross-curricular unit taught over a few weeks or would also be suitable as stand-alone lessons. The activities emphasise paired or group work, but also include independent writing or comprehension.

 

Download the PDF of the Classroom Pack
 

 


The Project

Blackpool Tower
Circus Collection

History Centre

first floor

Blackpool Central Library

Queen Street, FY1 1PX

+44 (0)1253 478090

lines closed during closure, please email

 

historycentre@blackpool.gov.uk

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