REED Online: Staffordshire + circus in Newcastle-under-Lyme

The new open access “records journal” REED Online has just released its first records set. The text archives for Staffordshire have been wonderfully trawled by J.A.B. Somerset, who found 186 records of early-modern popular performance, strolling players, maypoles and the like. These are now freely available and the individual records are also neatly geo-located.

The release comes alongside news that North Staffordshire will aim to be the national hub of the UK’s 250 years of circus celebrations in 2018. To achieve this, the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme has just landed a Lottery grant of £749,000 via the Arts Council…

“to celebrate 250 years of modern circus … will include an ambitious programme of exhibitions and installations, spectacular performances and professionally-led community projects throughout the borough.”

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