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Entertainment and Leisure Gallery

The latter half of the nineteenth century saw the growth in commercial exploitation of leisure, such as fairgrounds and music halls. Technological advances such as the invention of the bicycle also played a large part in bringing leisure activities to the masses.

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National Fairground Archive, Main Library, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN,  Tel: 01144 222 7231

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  • Lady Master on Tricycle

    Lady Master on Tricycle, 31 Oct 1897
    The invention of the bicycle, as well as being a cheaper mode of transport, helped to liberate many women during the nineteenth century. It did, however, create heated discussions over appropriate dress for lady cyclists

    Lady Master on Tricycle
  • Roundabout Coronation Scenic

    T. Scott & Sons, 'Coronation Scenic Electric Gallopers', c.1890
    Improvements in the mechanisms of fairground rides such as roundabouts led to their increase in popularity.

    Roundabout Coronation Scenic
  • St Johns Cycling Club Accident

    St Johns Cycling Club - Accident near Bransford Bridge, c.1880

    Accident thumb
  • Maypole Dancing

    Maypole Dancing, Badsey, School Children, (late 19th cent.).

    Maypole thumb

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