Stuart Johnstone Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of 195 photographs taken by a number of photographers, some unknown. The collection contains images of rides, fairgrounds, traction engines and organs. There are seven boxes of detailed notebooks.

The digitisation and recording of the photographs was funded by the Pilgrim Trust.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stuart Johnstone was a key member of the FCSF, the Friendship Circle of Showland Fans. He edited the Merry-go-Round during its final years in the mid sixties. He was also the World's fair correspondent called Coltswold.

His notebooks are essentially digested versions of the World's Fair and include chronological guides to fairs, machines for sale, parks, engines, families and are extremely useful to researchers in this field.


Catalogued according to type.

Conditions Governing Access

The photographs make up part of the image database collection which is available to view by appointment in the NFA reading room. Digitisation and record funded by the Pilgrim Trust. Contact the NFA for details of other items.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Fairground Association of Great Britain.

Other Finding Aids

Photographs on digital image collection. Other items listed by type.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jane Donaldson.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright: National Fairground Archive

Related Material

Arthur Jones Collection.


Personal Names