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.