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The Fairground Heritage Trust holds a unique collection for the nation to enjoy that spans from the 1800s up to the present day.

Fairgrounds have been one of the most innovative places in the United Kingdom, continuously utilising new technology to provide the latest entertainment to the paying public.

At the same time the artwork on rides and shows mirrors the social changes going on across the world. References to popular culture, fashions and trends were commonplace, often lasting for the duration of that trend before vanishing to be replaced by the next.

Our collections are rich with stories from showland and about the show families who have for generations provided entertainment for the masses across the United Kingdom.

These collections range from complete operational rides and stalls through the transport and living wagons to prizes given away on stalls, archive documents and books.

  • Edwards’ Dodgems

    They have not always been as they appear today. When they were new they had...
  • Edwards’ Skid

    When Edwards’ Super Sonic Skid was first built up here it was found that the...
  • Joy Wheel

    Very little, if anything, has been documented about this ride. Joy Wheels were a popular,...
  • Shaws Moonrocket

    This is the last complete surviving and operational Moonrocket. These rides were the ultimate thrill...
  • Transport & Wagons

    Anderton & Rowland Collection Albert Haslam was an illusionist who travelled under the stage name...
  • Edwards’ Gallopers

    In 1933 Robert Edwards & Sons, showmen of Swindon, acquired the latest thing in fairground...
  • Edwards’ Speedway

    Edwards’ Brooklands Speedway Track is currently in store at the museum but parts of it...
  • Rodeo Switchback

    By far the oldest ride in the Trust’s collection is the legendary Rodeo Switchback. Believed...
  • Shows and Stalls

    There are a number of games operating in the museum building, adding to the atmosphere...
  • Tuby’s Gallopers

    Built in 1920 this galloper is one of few gallopers today to retain all its...