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Ronald Allen Taylor Collection

Reference code: NFA0015

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs in twenty two albums taken by Taylor and other photographers, correspondence and a number of catalogues including his Dodgem research material.


  • Creation: c1900 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access

Items are available to view by appointment in the NFCA reading room

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of National Fairground and Circus Archive, subject to copyright law and condition of the material

Biographical / Historical

Ron Taylor lived in the village of Clifton all his life, except for the three years he spent in Germany just after the war.

Ron left school in 1940 at the age of thirteen to work on his uncle's farm and later he became apprentice to a local garage. During the war years, Ron served in the army, after which he joined his father driving buses and coaches for Birch Bros., a then well-known Hertford travel company. This job allowed him to visit many fairs across the breath of the county and widen his knowledge. Although Ron visited fairs as a youngster, it was not until the early fifties that his interest in the industry really developed perhaps aided by his position in Birch Bros. Locally he was a regular at Thurstons, Mannings and Harris's fairs.

Ron wrote articles and reports for the World's Fair on machine changes, innovations, rides and their owners and transport. He also helped to create the Trade Directory that World's Fair produced for many years.

He created a reputation for himself based on his knowledge of the sector which he developed by maintaining contacts with manufacturers and keeping records of innovations on the field. He also maintained close links with the riding masters of the day, collecting data and producing meticulous records.


8 Box(es) (3,250 photographs and 2 boxes of archive material )

Language of Materials



Catalogued according to type

Related Materials

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Created by Ian Trowell and Jane Donaldson, updated by Arantza Barrutia on the Finding Aid Date field date
25 February 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the National Fairground and Circus Archive Repository

The University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield South Yorkshire S10 2TN United Kingdom
0114 222 7231