News, activities and stories from the Philip Astley Project have received local and national coverage. If you’d like to cover one of our events, or an interview with showman and Philip Astley Expert, Andrew Van Buren, get in touch.

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Philip Astley celebration event

The Philip Astley Projecy set out with a grant from the Heritage Lottery to raise the profile of Philip Astley locally, nationally and internationally and to reaffirm Newcastle-under-Lyme’s role in circus history.

In the past 18-months more than 30,000 people have been directly involved via events and workshops, and over a million people have been connected to the region’s heritage via traditional and social media.

As a big thank you to many of the people who have helped to make this possible, and to celebrate the launch of the Philip Astley Resource Pack, Staffordshire University held a circus themed celebration with acts including jugglers, LED hoopers and a Charlie Chaplain impressionist.

The event, held on 28 November 2018, was attended by more than 120 guests including the Mayor of Newcastle Gill Heesom, Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent Lillian Dodd, Chairman of Staffordshire County Council Michael Greatorex and Leader of Newcastle Borough Council Simon Tagg.

The Resource Pack, available for free download, includes original research on the life of Philip Astley and his family in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the role of Astley’s theatrical performances in shaping recreational life of the period.

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Philip Astley celebration event

The Philip Astley Projecy set out with a grant from the Heritage Lottery to raise the profile of Philip Astley locally, nationally and internationally and to reaffirm Newcastle-under-Lyme’s role in circus history. In the past 18-months more than 30,000 people have ...

Circus themed Easter activities held at Brampton Museum

A selection of circus themed Easter activities are being held at Brampton Museum to continue the ongoing celebration of circus pioneer- Philip Astley, from Newcastle-under-Lyme. Children and families are invited to make their own circus themed posters to be exhibited in the ...

Andrew Van Buren represents The Philip Astley project in Monte Carlo

Andrew Van Buren has recently represented The Philip Astley Project in Monte Carlo at the Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo. The international illusionist & showman was invited to be involved in the unveiling of the permanent Monte Carlo tribute to ...

Carol Gandey on “The Business of Circus”

50 members of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Rotary Club enjoyed anecdotes from Carol Gandey's extensive experience of managing both Gandey's Circus and Circus Starr, a touring circus offering free tickets to disadvantaged, disabled or vulnerable children. Following a meal at Newcastle-under-Lyme Golf Club, Rotarians ...

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