Vanessa Toulmin Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains photographs including early family photographs of the O'Connor, contemporary research and journal articles written by Vanessa Toulmin, director of the National Fairground Archive. Also included in the collection are manuscripts, newspaper cuttings, and a small number of posters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Vanessa Toulmin is the founder and Research Director and of the NFA at the University of Sheffield and is one of the NFA personnel. She comes from a Lancashire showland family, and completed her PhD in 1997. She was awarded the Chancellor's Medal in 1997 for outstanding achievement and became a Professor in 2007.


Catalogued according to type

Access Information

The photographs make up part of the image database collection which is available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room. Contact NFA regarding other items.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the archive by Vanessa Toulmin

Other Finding Aids

Images available on the image database. Finding aids available in the NFA reading room

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jane Donaldson

Conditions Governing Use

Various, according to item.


Further accruals expected