Diary

War Circus Book Launch

The War Circus Book was Launched on 15th March 2017 at Mansion House, Newcastle upon Tyne. It was an event which was both poignant and respectfully witty bringing people to gather to mark the end of a years research. More importantly for us the launch helped to highlight the lives of people 100 years ago… [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: PROJECT OVERVIEW

PROJECT METHODOLOGY ETHOS          We do not intend, nor seek, to glorify war, but rather we are motivated to secure a circus narrative within the period of The Great War. APPROACH          War Circus is a research project and publication which has been undertaken throughout 2016 by a small team of circus artists and researchers… [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: SERVING SHOWMEN 1914-1918

THIS LIST IS AN A-Z OF SHOWMEN SOLDIERS & SAILORS NOT IDENTIFIED AS CIRCUS TYPE WORKERS OR PERFORMERS.  There were reported to have been 70,000 showmen who served in WW1. This list contains 630+ individuals. Cross reference with The circus A-Z list, names should not appear on both lists. This list was compiled in 2016… [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: A-Z LIST CIRCUS 1914-1918

This list  was developed between 2016 and 2017.   We are happy to add to it – please contact us.  CIRCUS & PERFORMING SHOW FOLK Details are focused on events between 1914 and early 1919. Jobs or events after this time fall outside the scope of this project. Some individuals have both legal identity and performance… [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: NORTH EAST NEWS SNIPPETS

War Circus Stories about the North East of England feature in this thread. They have been transposed from newspapers found in the British Libraries’ online archive, British Newspaper Archives; Tyne and Wear Archives, Fenwick Collection; The World’s Fair, the Showland newspaper held on microfiles at the National Fairground and Circus Archive, University of Sheffield. Note… [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: ANIMALS

War Circus Stories about animals transposed from newspapers found in the British Libraries’ online archive, British Newspaper Archives; Tyne and Wear Archives, Fenwick Collection; The World’s Fair, the Showland newspaper held on microfiles at the National Fairground and Circus Archive, University of Sheffield. The American titles were found transposed online via the Circus Historical Society…. [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: POETRY

War time must be a heightened time of emotion: all the loves, losses, patriotism, hopes and fears. Here are a few poems and songs transposed from newspapers found in Tyne and Wear Archives, Fenwick Collection; The World’s Fair, the Showland newspaper held on microfiles at the National Fairground and Circus Archive, University of Sheffield. And from… [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: EFFORT & EFFECT

These War Circus Stories are transposed from newspapers found in the British Libraries’ online archive, British Newspaper Archives; Tyne and Wear Archives, Fenwick Collection; The World’s Fair, the Showland newspaper held on microfiles at the National Fairground and Circus Archive, University of Sheffield. The American titles were found transposed online via the Circus Historical Society… [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: CPT. WOODWARD

These War Circus articles are set in a chronological based on the action they report between 1914 and 1919, starting in August 1914. They have been transposed from contemporary newspaper The World’s Fair. This was the Showland newspaper. It is held on microfiles at the National Fairground and Circus Archive, University of Sheffield. Other information… [Read More]

WAR CIRCUS: HENRY A.A. WHITELEY

Henry A.A. was a member of the Whiteley family of acrobats, and head of his won troupe. The Narrative here is extracted from his memoire: Memories of circus & variety etc. as I knew it. The Society for Theatre Research. 1944 Ref: (W HAA)   c. AUG 1914 HENRY A.A. WHITELEY. While my wife Leonora… [Read More]