doubt the artefacts assembled by the Fairground Heritage Trust
represents the single most important collection of historic
fairground items in this country.
It portrays a period when gilded
carved work and artistic competence saw the production of some of
the most lavish shows and roundabouts ever seen.
It also represents the heritage of
a group of people who are often neglected amongst the itinerant
population of Britain: the travelling showmen are an identified
social group who are extremely proud of their past but often not in
a position to be able to preserve it.
Since its inception in 1986 the
Trust has endured a challenging history itself, but a rescue package
successfully brought the collection a new home in Devon. The opening
of the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre in 2007 was the result of
many years of hard work, and an unswerving belief in the cause.
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