Collected under several categories, the collection brings together many different forms of artefact. From postcards to programmes, it provides a comprehensive history of the travelling menageries throughout the 19th andn 20th centuries.
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Bostock and Wombwell always had the best pitch at this fair. Being directly opposite the statue of Queen Victoria, year after year, was a statement in itself.
The Hull Fair was an annual event that Wombwell and Bostock and Wombwell attended
Bartholomew Fair in London's Smithfield Market area was the premier event on the annual calendar. Held up to 1855, it was always a contentious event. Many City firms objected to it on the basis of bringing crime and debauchery to the City during one week in September each year.