Looking Beyond:

Different Perspectives in Travelling Entertainment Photography

From 18 March 2020

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17 February to 24 April 2020

Free exhibition open every day

Access for visitors with mobility difficulties

Exhibition Gallery

Mezzanine Level

Western Bank Library

The exhibition has been inspired by some of our most beautiful and significant photographic collections. It highlights the photographic work of professional photographers Bob Chase, Dick Scott-Stewart and John Anderson as they seek to provide an insight into the unfamiliar world of fairground families, circus performers and tattoo conventions.

Looking Beyond also shows photographs from Professor Brendan Walker’s scientific research on the experience of thrill on fairground and theme park rides.

The exhibition looks at the popular entertainment sector though the power of portraiture and introduces a brief history on the use of photographs and new technologies in the early fairground. It also showcases some of our earliest photographic and moving picture material from the George Williams and the Birt Acres collections.