Brian Steptoe Collection

Scope and Content

An audio cassette recording of a conversation between Maggie Bird (formerly Mrs. Margaret Waddington and nee Shufflebottom) and Brian Steptoe on 15th June, 1993 at Bramerton, Norfolk. There is a ten page transcript to accompany the recording.

Administrative / Biographical History

Brian Steptoe is an established author and photographer with an interest in traditional fairground amusements. He has been involved with publications and publicity about the vintage funfair scene since 1994. He publishes regular reports for a number of carousel websites and is a contributor to Old Glory magazine. He holds a Fellowship Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society. Brian undertakes photographic work for a number of travelling showmen, including photography for Carters books and has been commissioned to write, design, undertake photography and supply images for museums, showmen, books and calendars.


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Conditions Governing Access

Appointments will need to be made prior to visit in order to book equipment for listening to the cassette.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the archive by Brian Steptoe

Other Finding Aids

Finding aids available in the NFA reading room

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jane Donaldson

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright: National Fairground Archive


Further accessions possible.


Fairground fun at Folly Farm. Brian Steptoe. Pembrokeshire : Folly Farm, c2001

Jump on, jump on: traditional fairs and showmen. Brian Steptoe. Ringwood : Navigator Books, 1994

'Renown' : history and restoration of a steam showmans engine Berkshire Brian Steptoe. Jumper Books, 2005.

Roundabout people : artists & artisans. Brian Steptoe. Wokingham : Jumper, c1998

Vintage funfairs : amusement rides, carousels and fairground art. Brian Steptoe. Wokingham : Jumper, 2002.

Carters traditional English steam fair. Anna Carter & Brian Steptoe [U.K.] : [J. Carter and Sons], c2002


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