Noel Drewe Collection

Ref: NFA0058

Title: The Noel Drewe Collection

Scope: The collection of his Circusama films comprises over 100 films with circus as their subject matter, on Super 8, 9.5mm and 16mm format film. The titles include, 'Chumming with Animals', 'Chimps, Champs and Chumps', 'Circus of Fear', 'Jealousy at the Circus' and many others. This collection also contains correspondence and notes relating to the films.

Dates: 1927-1995
Level: Fonds
Extent: 172 audio visual (8mm, Super8, 9.5mm, 16mm and VHS PAL), 3 boxes and 1 file.
Name of creator: Noel Drewe

Administrative / biographical history: Noel Drewe was not only a circus historian and collector but he was also an avid film enthusiast with a keen flair for filmmaking. What makes this collection so unique aside from the scope and quality of the material is the accompanying notes he made, spanning several decades of passionate collection and observations. These commonly included both his own reaction to the film and any press information he gathered relating to the material.

His collection consists of an array of both amateur and professional moving image material on a multitude of formats. Noel made several of the films with his father Frank, dating as far back as 1937. These short films shot on 8mm feature an eclectic mix of fairground experiences, illustrating the pleasures of Battersea fun fair, Southend-on-Sea, Kent seaside, Folkstone, Clacton and Southsea on Kodachrome colour film stock.

Related Collections: Dick Price Collection
Source: Donated by Mr Noel Drewe
System of arrangement: Catalogued according to type
Subjects: Fairgrounds, Circus, Transport, Fairground Rides, Fairground Art, Travelling Entertainment, Film
Conditions of access: VHS Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room. Other film formats are not available to be viewed. Film viewing equipment must be booked prior to visit.
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: Online finding aid available here