Old rides and even a tiger capture the fun of the fair

21 Jul 2017

Stevenage Museum is celebrating the history of the town’s Charter Fair in their new exhibition which opens this week. The sights, sounds and even the smells of fairs gone by feature in the exhibition, All the Fun of the Fair, which runs from Saturday 22 July - Saturday 28 October.

The Charter Fair dates back to 1281, when King Edward I granted Stevenage the right to hold a weekly market and yearly fair for all time.

The exhibition explores its history and includes footage from early Victorian fairs, old rides and stalls, audio memories from residents of fairs in the 1950s and 1960s, a tiger display and news of fairs in the war years.

It is part of a county-wide project called Traditional Hertfordshire, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Alongside the exhibition there will be themed family activities on some days and a Model Fun Fair Day at the museum on 19 August featuring a scale model of a fairground.

Councillor Richard Henry, Executive member for Children, Young People and Leisure said: “The fair is a much-loved part of the town’s history and this really captures the spirit of some of the fairs gone by. The fair always brings the town out in force and it’s great to be part of this celebration of our traditions and customs.”

Model Fun Fair Day is on 19 August, from 12pm to 4pm. Fair-themed family activities at the museum run on Wednesday to Friday mornings, on 2-4 August and 23-25 August, and cost £3 per child, free for concessions. Activities on Friday afternoons are free.

The museum has launched a new scheme, Stevenage Museum Friends, offering discounts and private exhibition views in return for an annual donation.
You find out more about summer activities on Stevenage Museum’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stevenagemuseum