Amazing Online collection of CIRCUS Print Material
The Allard Pierson (the Collections of the University of Amsterdam) manages an internationally unique circus collection, one of the largest in Europe. The circus collection is composed of a number of collections from private individuals–such as collectors Jaap Best, KD Hartmans and Herman Linssen –and institutions– such as Theater Instituut Nederland–who have focused on collecting circus heritage. It is a living collection that is continuously supplemented with new items. Objects will continue to be digitised and made accessible in the coming years.
A few highlights from the collections can be found on this website. Researchers, students and other interested parties can refer to the overview below listing what the various collections consist of and how they can be approached. In this way, all the material is traceable and accessible for research.
Circusmuseum.nl is definitely our favourite project content wise.
Circus museum is not a real museum. It is the digital platform for a unique collection of prints and posters from an almost forgotten periode.
Fully Digitalized High Res Material
Historic, fascinating, beautiful, divers, sometimes political incorrect and many times controversial. We seldom get the chance to work with content as interesting as this.
Archive of Printable Full size posters
All posters are available online in high resolution in the database.
Structured in 22 different Categories
The circus world has many facets. Some of which we will not see in the present and future anymore. Can you imagine visiting a Human zoo?
Detailed Work of Art
In history as well as today posters need to be eye catching and telling the story in an eye lash. Some of the posters are more than 100 years old before the age of photography. They show great eye for details and amazing drawing skills.