Travelling Showmen and the First World War
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

When: 10 February 2018 to 16 December 2018
Where: Main Gallery
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Cost: Included in normal museum admission charges
Suitable for: Family friendly

Dingles Fairground Heruitage Centre is delighted to present a special exhibition for the 2018 season (see museum opening dates and times). Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the exhibition looks at the impact of the First World War on our Travelling Showmen.

Between 1914 and 1918 the First World War affected everyone on the planet. The travelling show community was no exception to this, although their story during this period has never before been told.

Show people suffered a loss of business, a loss of the ability to travel, a loss of staff and many of their own men who joined up didn’t return. After the successful years prior to the war this period was very much one where the show people hung on for their survival.

The Show people fought back however. Tanks were installed on roundabout in a show of propaganda whilst games involving knocking over German soldiers or giving the Kaiser a kick appeared across the country. Women and children took over the running of the businesses whilst the men were away.

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