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
Source:
Donated by John Gale’s sister
System of arrangement:
Catalogued according to type
Subjects:
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
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