Paul Angel Collection

Paul AngelRef: NFA0059

Title: The Paul Angel Collection

Scope: This collection contains photographs both taken and collected by Paul Angel, associated notes, newspaper cuttings and 2 videos relating to active fairs, seaside and amusement parks and the preservation movement.

Dates: 1970-2005
Level: Fonds
Extent: 8,711 photographs, 2 videos and 1 archive box
Name of creator: Paul Angel

Administrative / biographical history: : Paul Angel was a fairground enthusiast who photographed rides and views of fairgrounds from his Herefordshire base. Initially, Paul focused on the South Wales area but by the 1970s he started to cover other fairgrounds such as Tewkesbury Mop, Worcester, Rhyl, Oxford and further afield.

He had a deep interest in platform rides and his collection details of the spread, change and demise of the ride from the 1970s onwards. Paul had a career as a signwriter and many of his photographs show this interest.
Paul's later interests were in the preservation and restoration of vintage arcade machines which is reflected in his collection. He spent a great deal of time restoring the artwork on old machines and stalls as well as painting original artwork on all types of equipment.

Paul Angel was instrumental in setting up the Fairground Association of Great Britain (FAGB) and was an active contributor to their magazine 'The Fairground Mercury.' Paul also had a long spell writing for the World's Fair.

See obituary for Paul Angel in Fairground Mercury Volume 32 Number 1.

Related Collections: Dick Price Collection
Source: Donated by the Fairground Association of Great Britain via Graham Downie
System of arrangement: Catalogued according to type
Subjects: Fairgrounds, Fairground Rides, Fairground Art, Travelling Entertainment, Amusement Parks and Theme Parks
Conditions of access: Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room
Restrictions: None
Copyright: Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of National Fairground Archive, subject to copyright law and condition of the material
Finding aids: Photographs available on NFA Digital. Online finding aid available here