Discovery Museum’s latest exhibition celebrates 135 years of the Hoppings fair, an annual event which takes place on Newcastle’s Town Moor.
When asked why Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums decided to do an exhibition on the much loved fair, Adam Bell from responded: “The exhibition aims to tell a fun, historical story which has popular appeal.” Bells keen interest in social history is reflected in this fantastic exhibition which tells the story of the show people as well as the fair itself.
This exhibition gives visitors an insight into the lives of the travelling show people. – A story which is not often told. Access to education is one of the many issues explored. The access children have today to the Town Moor Fair School is contrasted with the struggles the children of travelling show people would have had in previous years, moving school fortnightly, sometimes not even going to school at all.
The fun of the Hoppings was reflected in this exhibition which had a good range of facts about both the fair itself and the people who make the Hoppings possible. Social history is presented well, and the fairground terminology boards proved to be popular with visitors.
Closing Sunday 1 October, all can enjoy this exhibition which showcases old penny machines which you can try. Simply head down to Discovery Museum, purchase your old pennies and enjoy all the fun of the fair!