Exhibition: Philip Astley’s Life and Legacy – The Philip Astley Project

The free 12-week exhibition will educate and excite adults and young people alike. By viewing circus prints, posters and costumes, visitors will learn about Astley’s life and how his career influenced later developments in the performing arts up to the present day. Objects on loan include items from the V&A Museum’s Theatre and Performance Collection on public view in Staffordshire for the first time.

Visitors to the Brampton Museum can follow in the footsteps of a team of intrepid research volunteers who have used their skills, tenacity and commitment to investigate our most burning questions:

  • What is Astley’s connection to Newcastle-under-Lyme?
  • What would his early life have been like?
  • How might this have influenced his later career?

Opening Dates and Times

  • May 5th – July 15th 2018
  • Monday to Saturday – 10am to 5.30pm
  • Sunday – 2pm to 5.30pm

Other Events

Jacob Decastro on Philip Astley

A talk by Ray Johnson MBE Come to the Brampton Museum on Friday 21st September for an insight into Philip Astley from his comic actor Jacob Decastro. Ray Johnson MBE's entertaining performance will give a contemporary perspective on Astley, the man and ...

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TRAPEZE (1956) Film Screening

  FREE SCREENINGS AT THE FILM THEATRE  WEDNESDAYS, 7.45pm. Bar open from 7.00pm. Ticket-free – No booking required. Free parking adjacent to Film Theatre College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2EF - enter from College Road opposite Queen Anne Street Wed 10th October "TRAPEZE" (1956) - Classic ...

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Save the date!

The Philip Astley Project invites all our supporters to commemorate Newcastle-under-Lyme's successful celebration of 250 years of circus! Wednesday 28th November On Wednesday 28th November, we will thank our many supporters for helping us to celebrate Philip Astley - father of modern circus ...

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