Decades of Delight: 250 Years of Circus

Exhibition

Currently running until Sunday, 22 April 2018

For 25 decades the wonderful amazing art and entertainment form known as circus has thrilled, delighted and enchanted audiences all over the world. But what do we know about its history and development and the many stories of dare devilry that were found in the circus ring? From the founder of Circus himself, Philip Astley, an equestrian from Newcastle under Lyme, to the real life daring young man on his flying trapeze who gave his name to the leotard, learn the secrets of the ring, the lifestyle and the stories of the circus, the identity of the original human cannonball act in 1877 and when the big top was invented. Come and discover the part played by Berry's of Bradford, the designers of choice for the leading British Circus families whose posters proclaimed the coming of leading shows across the United Kingdom and see examples of their work across the years. Social history objects from Bradford's museum collections will be included plus some items on loan by private lenders. Bringing us to the current day, view contemporary illustration by Emily Sutton. Some works on loan from the National Fairground and Circus Archive.

Opening Notes:

Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm - please note: we are closed on Mondays

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 4pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27 December, New Years Day, Good Friday and Mondays except Bank Holidays.

*****Due to essential maintenance, Cartwright Hall will be closed to the public 1st January 2018 to 1st February 2018. *****

Price notes:

Free entry

For more information:

Website: http://www.bradfordmuseums.org

email: cartwright.hall@bradford.gov.uk

Venue Details

Address:
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Lister Park
Bradford
BD9 4N

Directions:

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is in the middle of Lister Park, one and a half miles from the City Centre on the A650 Manningham Lane. There is limited parking in Lister Park, accessible from North Park Road (off Oak Lane). Lister Park is served by many city centre bus services including 23, 25, 26, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 622, 647, 662, w5. Cartwright Hall is about ten minutes' uphill walk from Frizinghall railway station.

For help in planning your journey by public transport, please visit www.wymetro.com

Accessibility available at this venue:

Disabled toilets
Wheelchair ramps
Disabled Parking

Communication aids available:

Bradford Museums and Galleries are proud to announce the introduction of AppEar; a new system to help the visually impaired explore our collections. This year we have been working closely with RNIB and Bradford Talking Media to develop the use of the audio PenFriend devices, which are already widely used within the visually impaired community. Visitors can now borrow a PenFriend from our reception desk to hear visual descriptions of the surrounding displays. For more information on the introduction of the AppEar system please contact Kirsty Gaskin tel 01535 618231 email kirsty.gaskin@bradford.gov.uk

Additional accessibility information:

Disabled parking and wheelchair access to rear of the building. Please ring bell and an attendant will assist. Access to all departments is by a lift. Accessible toilet. Baby changing unit. For further Cartwright Hall disabled access information visit DisabledGo

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