A presentation and panel discussion about the life, culture and work of Travelling Showmen and the health and wellbeing challenges that they face.
Professor Margaret Greenfields, Anglia Ruskin University, and Dr David Smith, Anglia Ruskin University, working in collaboration with Sheldon Chadwick Chair of the Showmen’s Mental Health Awareness Charity will discuss the findings of their unique research project which explores the health needs of the Showmen (Fairground) community, a population which is little researched and often overlooked. This study, the first known exploration of the physical and mental health needs of this group, also explores the experiences of delivering care, and knowledge of health professionals who work with Showmen, whether at ‘Yards’ or when they are travelling with Fairs.
Mary Humphrey’s photography exhibition ‘Images from Showmen’s Lives’ will be on display at the event. The exhibition celebrates World Funfair Month and depicts Showmen at work.