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Collaborate to celebrate

Staffordshire University is collaborating with a number of local organisations to celebrate the life of ‘the father of the modern day circus’, Philip Astley.

The Philip Astley Project has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £167,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to commemorate the achievements of Astley, who was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, in 1742.​

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Collaborate to celebrate

Staffordshire University is collaborating with a number of local organisations to celebrate the life of 'the father of the modern day circus', Philip Astley. The Philip Astley Project has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £167,000 from the Heritage Lottery ...

Clown Charlie Cairoli launches Series of talks about Philip Astley

On September 25th, world famous clown Charlie Cairoli will visit Newcastle-under-Lyme to launch a series of talks about the father of modern circus, in Philip Astley's hometown. The talks, organised by Staffordshire University and the Van Buren Organisation, form part of ...

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