Humbug! 1 March to 27 May 2010, Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery

The following images are from our ceremony on 1st March 2010 to celebrate the opening of the Humbug! exhibition, the first exhibition to use the newly-restored Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery. The exhibition closed on 27 May 2010.

The Humbug! exhibition celebrated 200 years of P.T. Barnum and was conceived and created by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield. This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of P.T. Barnum – the most important impresario of all time and whose gift for showmanship and shrewd business can be directly linked to today's media, marketing and entertainment industries. The exhibition included an imposing, life-sized statue of the man depicted as half-human/half-insect – a reference to Barnum's infamous yet hugely popular hoax creations. This specially commissioned figure was created by the Sheffield sculptor Anthony Bennett.

The images are copyright to Ian Spooner photography, and we thank him for permission to use them on our web site.

Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug


Photo: Humbug