John Gale Collection

John (far right) relaxing with fellow enthusiastsRef: NFA0033

Title: The John Gale Collection

Scope: Photographs taken by John Gale, including a collection of negatives from his favourite fairs: Newcastle Town Moor, Durham Miners' Gala, Houghton Feast, Northallerton and his home town of Wolsingham. There are also a number of newspaper cuttings, circus and rally programmes.

Dates: c1920s-1980s
Level: Fonds
Extent: 618 photographs, 1 folder of newspaper clippings, 7 programmes
Name of creator: John Gale

Administrative / biographical history: John Gale was a prominent figure in the North East fairground scene, popular with many of the close-knit community of showmen in that area. His fairground enthusiasm is best seen from this unique viewpoint, with John's pictures forming into a family album of snapshots celebrating all aspects of the fairground life.

Related Collections: Lionel Bathe Collection, Dick Price Collection, Rowland Scott Collection, Philip Swindlehurst Collection, Ron Taylor Collection, George Tucker Collection
Donated by John Gale’s sister
System of arrangement:
Catalogued according to type
Transport, Fairgrounds, Fairground Rides, Fairground Art, Fairground Shows, Showpeople, Circus, Steam Preservation, Travelling Entertainment
Conditions of access:
Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room
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