Circomedia seeks your circus memories

Circomedia seeks your circus memories

Do you remember circuses processing up Whiteladies Road to the Downs? Did you ever visit Horfield Common to see the circus? Did you see circus Baobab in Portland Square?

Circomedia has been awarded £24.5k from The National Lottery to explore Bristol’s hidden circus heritage as part of the 250th anniversary of modern circus.

Bristol has long been seen as a city of circus, but Circomedia are looking to investigate why this is. With help from Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Bristol Theatre Collection and Bristol Archives a group of young ‘circus detectives’ from Circomedia and Orchard School, Horfield will delve into Bristol’s circus history. They will search through the archives hoping to discover flamboyant characters, fascinating stories and amazing facts about the circus in Bristol.

These ‘circus detectives’ need your help to uncover these stories. If you have a memory of the circus in Bristol, join the national celebrations and tell Circomedia your story. This will culminate in an exhibition and performance at the centre of a unique event at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in October.

To collect these memories, Circomedia will be holding a community event at Circomedia, Portland Square on Saturday 9th June 2pm-4pm to share some of the findings by our circus detectives and to hear your stories and share any memorabilia. Get you tickets at