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 Bring Your Memories of Ilkeston Fair, Email us or Post here
Posted: Oct 8 2007, 09:25 AM


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Memories of Merry-go-rounds!

Ilkeston Charter Fair is steeped in history, being one of the oldest fairs of its kind in the country.

Beginning in1252, the fair originally featured a medieval mix of the agricultural trade, travelling peddlers and entertainers. Now, more than 755 years later, the event still entertains hundreds of local people and visitors to the town with white knuckle rides, hook-a-duck, candy floss and hot dogs.
Erewash Museum will this year celebrate the fair’s 755th year with an exhibition in its honour during October. The social history museum, based on the High Street in Ilkeston, will be using the exhibition to highlight the best bits of the popular fair, what makes it special and why people travel miles to visit. But the Museum is asking for the input of local people to help make this exhibition a true tribute to the fair, told by the people who enjoyed it the most. We are looking for your memories of the fair to either record as audio or feature on paper in the exhibition.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure Services, said: “We would love to hear about your experiences and memories of the Ilkeston Charter Fair. It is an event that is certainly close to my heart and has been a feature of being an Erewash resident over the years.

“You may have a favourite ride you once went on, remember the best prize you ever won there, or maybe it just conjures up great memories of family days out. Whatever your experience, we would love to hear your story, to help bring the fun of the fair to life for our museum visitors.”

Send in your memories either by post to
Erewash Museum, High Street, Ilkeston, DE7 5JA, by telephone on 0115 907 1141 or input them into our comments sheet on the website,

Ilkeston Online and Ilkeston Fair websites would also like to hear from you so please email us or post here - (ilkeston Lib will be open all that week as well)

The exhibition will be on display in the Museum from 29 September to 20 October. On 20 October we will also have our traditional day of free activities at the museum and will be joined by a fairground organ and steam engine.

Other exhibitions currently taking place include the ‘120 years of Holy Trinity’ exhibition, which is in the Hayloft at Erewash Museum. This explores the history of this fascinating church on their 120th anniversary. It tells a tale of innovation and self belief for the local worshippers.

In the Lally Gallery at the Museum there is also an exhibition dedicated to the works of local artist Norman Whitehead who was a prodigious talent in the 1930s.

Finally at Long Eaton Town Hall, a tribute to the Scouting movement is available to view as they celebrate their centenary year.
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