Philip Bradley Collection

Philip Bradley (left) with friend Jack LeesonRef: NFA0026

Title: The Philip Bradley Collection

Scope: Black and white prints of early rides and shows copied with permission from Surrey History Centre.

Dates: 1920-1999
Level: Fonds
Extent: 75 photographs
Name of creator: Philip Bradley

Administrative / biographical history: Philip Bradley was a passionate and dedicated fairground enthusiast, whose thorough documentation of his journeys enabled him to build a detailed knowledge of fairground machinery. He travelled across the UK to increase his knowledge of fairgrounds, although his main focus was in the Greater London and Surrey areas.

Philip developed a vast collection of photographs documenting developments of fairgrounds and machinery from pre-war fairgrounds, to the blackout fairs and the more modern machinery of the nineties. Furthermore, his interest and detailed note taking enabled him to create a variety of models which were noted for their accuracy.
His photographs were used in his magazine articles, including those written in the Engineer in the 1950s and in the many books on fairgrounds that he contributed to.

The Philip Bradley collection is held at Surrey History Centre, but we have permission to have 75 images available on the image database in the NFA reading room.

Source: Surrey History Centre
System of arrangement: Catalogued according to type
Subjects: Fairgrounds, Fairground Rides, Fairground Art, Travelling Entertainment
Conditions of access: Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room
Restrictions: None
Copyright: Surrey History Centre
Finding aids: Photographs available on NFA digital