William Keating Collection

King's Lynn opening ceremony

Ref: NFA0066

Title: The Keating Collection

Scope: This collection contains photographs, some of large size negatives and glass plate negatives of fairground rides and transport.

Dates: 1880s-1970s
Level: Fonds
Extent: 766 photographic images
Name of creator: David Braithwaite

Administrative / biographical history: William Keating of Southport was one of the first commercial photograph reproducers to serve the fairground enthusiast community. He primarily collected postcards and photographs of key events and created high quality copy negatives for commercial purposes. A small number of his own images were acquired by David Braithwaite, who then donated them to the Archive.

Keating was a key member of the Friendship Circle of Showland Fans.

Related Collections: David Braithwaite Collection, Orton and Spooner Collection
Source: Donated from David Braithwaite's Collection by his wife and daughter, Joanna and Naomi Braithwaite
System of arrangement: Catalogued according to type
Subjects: Fairgrounds, Fairground Rides, Fairground Art, Travelling Entertainment, Transport
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