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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 Hall Gallery, advertising Astley’s circus.

An Astley exhibition is being unveiled on May 5th, displayed until July 15th at the museum, educating people about his legacy in circus throughout the world. This includes the 42- foot ring diameter still used today.

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the circus so there’s no better way to celebrate by showing your support this Easter!

Poster workshops will be taking place throughout the Easter Holidays from 30th March- 14th April, allowing people to get creative! Old circus posters will be provided to use for inspiration.

Andrew Van Buren Circus Skills Workshops will be held on select advertised dates throughout the Exhibition.

Further details can be found on the Van Buren website www.vanburen.org.uk

Entry for the circus poster activity is £2. A winner of the best poster will be chosen to receive a special prize!

Regular activities at Brampton Museum include a selection of paper crafts, and a museum prize trail. Themed craft packs are available to buy for getting creative at the museum and at home.

More information about upcoming activities and exhibitions can be found on the Brampton Museum website.

 

 Prices- Easter Activities:

Paper Crafts- 50p

Museum Prize Trail- 50p

Craft Packs- Prices range from £1-£4

Circus poster activity- £2

 

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Circus themed Easter activities held at Brampton Museum

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Astley – Circus Genius

Re-issue of the tribute book by Paul Bemrose of Newcastle Museum, published by Newcastle Borough Council. Once in a while, history produces a personality who rises up to become a legend in his own time. Philip Astley, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1742, ...

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On Wednesday 3rd January, Radio 3's Free Thinking Programme hosted a discussion about the invention of the circus ring. Andrew Van Buren (Van Buren Organisation, Philip Astley Project), Tom Rack (No Fit State Circus), Naomi Frisby and Professor Vanessa Toulmin (Sheffield University) discussed ...

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Sharing Astley’s Story

190 children from schools across Newcastle-under-Lyme have learnt about Philip Astley's story at Newcastle-under-Lyme Library. In October and November 2017, staff at Newcastle-under-Lyme Library, the Brampton Museum and local Children’s Centres worked with the New Vic Theatre’s Education Team to develop the storytelling skills and ...

Winners unveiled in 2017 Business Boost award

Business growth and potential were under the spotlight in November as the Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Boost competition unveiled its 2017 winners. A diverse range of finalists took to the stage for the awards event held at Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s Performing Arts Centre. ...

Carol Gandey on “The Business of Circus”

50 members of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Rotary Club enjoyed the Carol Gandey on "The Business of Circus" evening hosted by Andrew Van Buren and featuring anecdotes from Carol Gandey's extensive experience of managing both Gandey's Circus and Circus Starr, a touring circus ...

Circus Symposium – Philip Astley and the Legacy of Modern Circus

The Philip Astley Project and the Van Buren Organisation collaborated with partners at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) on a symposium to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Modern Circus by Philip Astley. ...

Clown Charlie Cairoli launches Series of talks about Philip Astley

On September 25th, world famous clown Charlie Cairoli visited Newcastle-under-Lyme College Performing Arts Centre to launch a series of talks about Philip Astley the father of modern circus and his legacy, in Philip Astley's hometown Newcastle-under-Lyme. During the sit down interview ...

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The Philip Astley Project collaborate to celebrate the life of circus creator Philip Astley. Staffordshire University is now collaborating with a number of local organisations under the banner of The Philip Astley Project to celebrate the life of 'the father of ...

Newcastle honouring Father of Modern Circus

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