The Fairground Heritage Trust is a charity (Charity No 293579) regulated by the Charities Commission of England & Wales. The stated objectives of the trust are recorded as:
The acquisition and restoration of vintage fairground equipment for posterity. The trust also aims to promote the study of the fairground in its every aspect, including its institutions, social history, history of British showmen, the development of fairground amusements, mechanical rides, transport and popular entertainments and the various art forms related to the public.
The Fairground Heritage Trust is a registered company (1978359).
Dingles Fairground Museum
As above, the aim of the Fairground Heritage Trust is to preserve historic fairground equipment, imagery and memorabilia for future generations, in the hope of fostering understanding of, and support for, a genuinely national institution.
As a vital ingredient in the genesis of leisure in this country, the Fairground Heritage Trust believes that fairground has played just as important a role as any other type of popular entertainment in shaping today’s society.
The Trust has been successful in building up a large collection of rides and fairground-related artefacts, many of key historical significance and since 2003 the Trust has had its base in Lifton, Devon initially under the Dingles Steam Village banner that was an established high quality heritage attraction in its own right. For the 2007 season, this reopened as the Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre with a new extension of 25,000 square feet that was completed in Spring 2006.
This new site has enabled the Trust to safely house and display a much greater proportion of its collection, and give visitors a much more enjoyable and interactive experience. We were also able to provide a higher level of curatorial care and were awarded Museum Status in 2016.
In 2020, a new building was completed offering a further 25,000 square feet of space and enabled the Trust to move out of unsuitable and leaking storage and older buildings. Unfortunately, like the rest of the heritage sector we were badly affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and were unable to reopen.
Following an extensive period of work by staff and our amazing volunteers, we were finally able to open our modern single level facility in 2022 as Dingles Fairground Museum.
To continue this work, we need to raise a substantial sum of money, and although it is hoped a proportion of this will come from grants, all donations are very welcome, and absolutely essential to our work.
We also need assistance from volunteers, who can participate in cleaning, conservation and restoration work, administrative duties, or act as guides when the museum is open to the public. Donations of materials, paint, electrical fittings and equipment, and other useful items are most welcome. If you can help in any way, please e-mail and let us know!
The Fairground Heritage Trust is administered by a board of Trustees (who all work voluntarily), plus co-opted honorary curatorial advisors reporting to the Trustees.
Details about the Fairground Heritage Trust on the Charities Commission Website click here
Details about the Fairground Heritage Trust Ltd on Companies House Website click here
To arrange a visit to the Museum, please follow this link (click here) or, for further information on the Fairground Heritage Trust, please feel free to contact us below,
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