Circus 250

Celebrating 250 Years of Circus History

2018 marks the birth of modern circus in England in 1768 developed by Philip Astley

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Celebrating 250 Years of Circus History

2018 marks the birth of modern circus in England in 1768 developed by Philip Astley

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Celebrating 250 Years of Circus History

2018 marks the birth of modern circus in England in 1768 developed by Philip Astley

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Philip Astley and the Birth of Modern Circus

Philip Astley, a Sergeant Major of the 15th Light Dragoons, is credited as the father of modern circus.

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Philip Astley

Circus Collections

Discover our rich circus collections from the nineteenth to the twenty first century.

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Pablo Fanque


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Members of the Circus Friends Association talk about circus
Members of the Circus Friends Association talk about circus
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Research at the Archive
Research at the Archive
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