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Friday, 5 March 2010

National Science and Engineering Week

Infusion - Blackpool Pleasure BeachFor this year's National Science and Engineering Week (March 12th-21st) the University Library in collaboration with the National Fairground Archive (NFA) will be celebrating the engineering feats of fairgrounds and Roller Coasters with a very special display.

The display of material will be housed in the NFA Reading Room at Western Bank Library, open Monday to Friday 9:30 - 16:30 for the duration of NSEW. It includes a collection of:

  • Books and journals exploring the history and technology of roller coasters, giant ferris wheels and theme parks;

  • A photographic database of fairground machinery and amusement park history;

  • Original plans and blueprints of roller coasters (circa 1920) and the Battersea 'London Water Chute' (1951);

  • Trade ephemera from fairground and amusement park manufacturing.


Staff will be on hand to guide you through further resources and discuss your particular areas of interest.

We're also running a mini-series, right here on the blog, exploring the history of going upside down (compiled by Ian Trowell of the NFA). This will include a three part introduction to going upside down followed by a run of theme-park examples:

  • Steam Yachts (1888);

  • Mystic Swing (1930s);

  • Looper (1937);

  • Dive Bomber (1939);

  • Roller Coasters - simple loop (1979);

  • Roller Coasters - complex (post 1990);

  • Enterprise (1979);

  • Pirate Ship (1980);

  • Super Loop (1981);

  • Terminator/Top Spin (1994);

  • Booster (2001);

  • Top Scan (2000).


Also see the NFA news pages for more.

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