Paul Angel collection

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs both taken and collected by Paul Angel, associated notes, clippings and 2 videos relating to active fairs, seaside and amusement parks and the preservation movement.

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Angel was a fairground enthusiast who photographed rides and views of fairgrounds from his Herefordshire base. He focused initially on the South Wales area and by the late 1970s was covering other areas.

He had a deep interest in platform rides and his collection details of the spread, change (and demise) of the ride from the 1970s onwards. Paul had a career as a signwriter and many of his photographs show this interest. Paul's later interests were in preservation and the restoration of vintage arcade machines-these interests are documented in the collection.

Paul Angel was instrumental in setting up the Fairground Association of Great Britain (FAGB) and was an active contributor to their magazine 'The Fairground Mercury.' Paul also had a long spell writing for the World's Fair.


Catalogued according to type

Access Information

The items are currently being catalogued and are not yet available to view. They will make up part of the image database collection which is available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Graham Downie / Fairground Association of Great Britain

Other Finding Aids

There is no finding aid at present

Archivist's Note

Description complied by Jane Donaldson, National Fairground Archive, February 2011

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

Dick Price Collection


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