Dick Price Collection

Morecambe, 1981

Ref: NFA0031

Title: The Dick Price Collection

Scope: This collection contains black and white and colour prints and negatives of lorries, rides, shows and personalities at various fairs, mainly Cheshire, Merseyside and Wales fairs. Also VHS videos consisting of an eclectic range of fairground and transport themed visual material from a variety of steam rallies and fairs up and down the country, from Folkestone to Ross-on-Wye. The majority feature archive footage filmed in the 1990s by Dave Homer, a renowned enthusiast with a thriving commercial video market.

Dates: 1970s to 1990s
Level: Fonds
Extent: aprox. 4,565 photographs and 49 VHS PAL videos
Name of creator: Dick Price

Administrative / biographical history: Dick Price was a keen enthusiast who grew up around the fairs in Merseyside and the large fair at his home town of Neston. His early photographs included 1970s trips around Cheshire fairs, rallies and coastal amusement parks such as Rhyl, Southport and Morecambe.

Dick was very meticulous with his visits and photography, searching out some of the smaller operators and photographing small beachfront amusements throughout North and West Wales.

Dick was a close friend of Frank and Paul Anyon and took regular trips around London fairs and the Nottingham Goose fair. He was noted for always leaving on the Saturday mid-afternoon to fulfil his other love, drumming in a dance band.

His collection is a thorough history of all aspects of fairs, rallies and parks throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s. It reflects Dick's interest in Ghost Trains, Funhouses and the new school of fairground art that emerged with these attractions. Dick also worked hard at maintaining accurate machine histories such as the Dodgems.

Dick Price was always active within the Fairground Association of Great Britain, and their magazine. ‘The Fairground Mercury’ printed his article on the history of the Lancashire Collins and their visits to Neston shortly following Dick's death. Entitled 'Swan-song', it appears in volume 23, number 3 December 2000.

Related Collections: Lionel Bathe Collection, John Gale Collection, Rowland Scott Collection, Philip Swindlehurst Collection, Ron Taylor Collection , George Tucker Collection
Source: Donated by Dick Price's wife, Alison Price and daughter, Alva Price
System of arrangement: Catalogued according to type
Subjects: Fairgrounds, Fairground Rides, Fairground Art,Travelling Entertainment, Transport, Showpeople, Seaside Entertainment
Conditions of access: Items are available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room. Film viewing equipment must be booked in advance
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