Object of the month – June 2024

Model of a Traditional Fairground Ride

This beautiful model of a traditional carousel with galloping horses can be seen on display in the centre of the main gallery. The model is constructed of coloured gilded wood and metal with a striped awning topped by flags with a cover and transformer.

Mr Dandridge at home carving the models with a penknife.

It was created by A E Dandridge in the early 1950s in his home in Headington, Oxford. Mr Dandridge worked as a projectionist at Morris Motors, Oxford. He loved fairs, especially the St. Giles Fair in Oxford and Thame Fair. and made two models one for each of his daughters, based on real fairground rides, using materials he had bought back from the war, including wood surplus to the manufacture of WWII Spitfires.

Close up of the horses, each one slightly different

With grateful thanks to members of the Thame Shed, who renovated the model and made it work again.

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