Menagerie History and the Exhibition of Animals
Springing from the family of Bostock and Wombwell, purveyors of the largest and most famous travelling Menagerie in the United Kingdom, the Sheffield Jungle has its roots presenting exotic animals for the purpose of spectacle, entertainment and education. The tradition grew from the 17th Century, through Victorian times and persisted until the 1930s with the break up of Bostock and Wombwell's travelling Menagerie. This section of the website includes material about travelling Menageries and links to contemporary animal stories around Sheffield.
Untangling the Jungle - General works on animal exhibition and the Sheffield Jungle
- The NFA has many resources on Menageries and early zoos - this page provides an overview of Resources with further links to reading lists.
- A recent publication documenting the famous Manders Menageries and Shows was produced by the Fairground Society - with kind permission from the authors we include extracts here.
- The history of Zoological Gardens are closely tied in with the history of Menageries. Professor Vanessa Toulmin presents her guide to the development of zoological gardens in this article.
- Recent parallel research into Sheffield's own Menagerist family The Whittingtons has given us an astonishing story - read at your peril!
- The event of the year in the Sheffield Jungle was the marriage of Herr Falkendorf to a local woman, notwithstanding a ferocious attack by one of his own tigers.
- The mystery and significance of the Norman Peace Lion Cub is debated - can you shed any light on this subject?
- A short article considering Elephants as a response to Mary Ellen appearing in the Sheffield Jungle.
- An extract from Bostock's memoirs gives us an insight into Snakes and Reptiles - something that Bostock did not seem to enjoy!
- With the arrival of a new shipment of animals for Bostock's Jungle we look at the process of Provision and the wider world of animal trade in and around the time of the Sheffield Jungle.
- Contact from the descendents of Tom Tallon and Florence Gavett open up a fantastic and tragic story of life in the Bostock Jungle.
Residual Jungles - Local animal culture and mythology
- The first of our 'Residual Jungles' series looks at the bizarre phenomena of the Barnsley Whale as hunted down by author Steve Deput. Using unique resources in the NFA collections we examine the whale as a source of exhibition.
- The second of our 'Residual Jungles' series looks at Sheffield's Hole in the Road and its aquatic fish-tank.
- 'An Incident at Skegness' recalls the untimely demise of the Rector of Stiffkey - in front of holidaymakers in 1938. Possibly your parents or grandparents were there at the time?