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Rod Spooner Collection

Reference code: NFA0011

Scope and Contents

The collection includes photographs taken by Jack Mellor and includes images of fairground rides, sideshows and traction engines. There are copies of Rod Spooner's photographs of South and Midland Fairs from 1952-1953. Also included is a cassette recording of an interview With Kay Smart and other showmen/women.


  • Creation: c1900 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

Items are available to view by appointment in the NFCA reading room. Audio equipment must be booked prior to visit

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

Rod Spooner was a fairground enthusiast born in 1927. His love for the fairground started at a very young age when he first saw his local fair pulling on for The Alcester Mop. Rod wrote articles for the World's Fair newspaper for fifty years until 2008. Although he stopped working on his capacity as a reporter for the World's Fair his passion for the fairground remained as strong as ever and he continued attending his local fair in Seahouses, Northumberland, where he could be found riding the dogems up until his death in 2011.


1 Box(es) (50 photographs and 1 audio cassette tape)

Language of Materials



Catalogued according to type

Existence and Location of Copies

Audio cassette tape 178E5 digitised as part of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project led by the British Library 2021.

Related Materials

Shufflebottom Family Collection

Created by Ian Trowell, updated by Arantza Barrutia on Finding Aid Date field date
24 February 2015
Description rules
International Standard for Archival Description - General
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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