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June 8th, 2018

A morning in the Big Top museum

Steyning Festival is packed with interesting things. On our second ‘catch up’ Friday we look back to an event in our first week. Not a Night in the Museum but a Day by the Museum in the Big Top. One of the contributors was Richard Chinchen, whose photographs these are. He tells us what the day was like.

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The day could not have started much worse with pouring rain making it a challenge to get everything rigged and dry by 10 o'clock. We had just finished and were discussing whether anyone would come when the first families arrived.  We had a variety of stands, manned by the museum volunteers, ranging from dressing up costumes, to archeology, puppets, colouring, brass rubbing and more.   

My stand was cameras and Victorian stereo photos (stereoviews) from my collection.  Both children and parents enjoyed looking at the photos and seeing them in 3D with the viewers.  Some photos are on tissue paper such that when viewed with a light behind they show colours and the candles in the pictures appear to glow. 

It was good to hear "wow" coming from modern children (and parents) at seeing 120 year old entertainment, and a French family was even able to give me some information about one of the stereo views . All in all, a very busy but rewarding morning.       

Comments on our blogs are welcome either on the website, in person, or by email to: media@steyningfestival.co.uk   More blogs to come – keep reading!  

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