It's All a Show: Fairground Showmen*, Identity and Mental Health

05 Feb 2024 - 16 Jun 2024

An exhibition by Sheldon Chadwick PhD at Liverpool John Moores University and the National Fairground and Circus Archive at the University of Sheffield.

It’s All a Show: Fairground Showmen, Identity and Mental Health explores what it means to be a Showman in the twenty-first century and the relationship between identity and mental health in that community.

The exhibition showcases Sheldon’s ground-breaking research and collaborations with the NHS, third sector and academic organisations together with historic archive records and newly created interviews, photographs and poems. 

Additional Information

It’s All a Show provides a platform for honest and open conversations about mental health, identity, neurodiversity and discrimination. Open: Mon - Fri 09:00 - 19:00 Sat - Sun 12:00 - 18:00


Throughout the exhibition they will be running a programme of events and talks please visit their events page to book


This exhibition has been funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the University of Sheffield Library, Close Brothers Finance and the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain. *(Throughout this exhibition, the term Showmen is used to include men, women and children from the community.)