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Kelvin Hall (Established 1918)



  • Existence: Established 1918


Kelvin Hall is one of the largest exhibition centres in Britain. It is located on Argyle Street in Glasgow, Scotland.

The original Hall was designed by Robert James Walker and was opened in August 1918 to house the second British Industries Fair in Glasgow. This building was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1925. The current building was built for the Glasgow Corporation and designed by Thomas Somers in 1927.

Throughout its history Kelvin Hall has presented concerts, conferences, industrial exhibitions, the British industrial exhibitions of the 1951 Festival of Britain, motor shows, civic and sporting rallies, boxing and between the 1920s and the 1980s the annual Kelvin Hall Circus and Carnival.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Billy Bellhouse Collection

Reference code: NFA0038
Scope and Contents

Photographs, handbills, newspaper reports and financial records relating to Billy Bellhouse and his life as a wall of death rider as well as other performers.

Dates: 1914 - 1960; 2016

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Kelvin Hall Carnival and International Circus Programmes, 1924 - 1985

Reference code: 178K43.618
Scope and Contents

Kelvin Hall Circus programmes containing illustrations and programme, some are photocopies of originals.

Dates: 1924 - 1985

Kelvin Hall Ticket, 1931 - 1932

Reference code: 178Z15.33
Scope and Contents

Kelvin Hall Carnival exhibitor's season ticket.

Dates: 1931 - 1932

Lindsay Temple's Circus Photographs and Postcards, 1958 - 1960

Reference code: 178C108.186-323
Scope and Contents

Black and white photographs and postcards of circus acts, performers and animals on and off the ring from various circuses including Bertram Mills, Chipperfields at various locations in the United Kingdom including Kelvin Hall, Belle Vue, Olympia, Blackpool Tower, Great Yarmouth, Birmingham and Kendal, some contain annotations on reverse.

Dates: 1958 - 1960

Photographs and Postcards, c1800 - 1999

Reference code: 178C108
Scope and Contents

Black and white and colour photographs, negatives and photographic albums mainly containing images of British circus, circus performers, animals and circus personalities but also some menageries such as Bostock and Wombwell and other associated entertainments and non-British circuses taken by David Jamieson, Lindsay Temple, Den Curtis, Capt. Middleton, Jack Niblett and other photographers.

Dates: c1800 - 1999

Programmes, c1800 - 2019

Reference code: 178K43
Scope and Contents

A collection of mainly British and international circus programmes and some variety and music hall programmes containing circus acts.

Dates: c1800 - 2019

Various Items, 1914 - 1935

Reference code: 178Z15
Scope and Contents

Various items related to Billy Bellhouse's private and professional life including tickets, membership cards and touring memorabilia.

Dates: 1914 - 1935

Additional filters:

Archival Object 6
Collection 2
Acrobats 2
Aerialists 2
Amusement parks 2
Animal trainers 3
Animals 4