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Performers of the Past; A Proud Legacy–Lulu Adams

Lulu Adams was born Louise Craston in 1900 to Joe Craston and Martha Cashmore. Lulu was born into a family with a long standing tradition in the circus and variety scene. Her grandmother was the first tightrope artist to perform at the Brighton Hippodrome. Her mother was an acrobatic equestrian, wire walker and dog trainer. Her father was singled out by Lord George Sanger at the age of 9, to be made the central figure and youngest solo clown in his circus. Although Joe also performed as an acrobatic rider for some time, he eventually devoted himself to clowning after numerous accidents took a toll on his body.
Lulu made her debut in Russia at age 12 with her sister Victoria and from that time the duo became a popular musical act in the variety theatres of England and Europe. Her aptitude for clowning developed early in life and she appeared many times with her father in clown entrees. Lulu Adams Lulu was artistically talented as a designer and craft woman and musically talented on the clarinet, saxophone, cornet, drums, piano, violin and bagpipes, as well as an excellent singer, actress and dancer. She also spoke French, German and had a fair knowledge of five other languages. Lulu became one of the earliest female clowns to appear in some of the most renowned British circuses of her time and the first woman clown to appear at Olympia. Lulu’s circus career took her all ...
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Arantza Barrutia-Wood

A graduate in Fine Art, specialised in Painting Restoration and Masters in Museum Studies, Arantza has worked in the heritage industry for over 16 years, both in the museum and archive sectors. In early 2015 she was appointed Collections Manager at the National Fairground and Circus Archive at the University of Sheffield, where she is currently developing all aspects of collections management including collecting practices, content development, data management and access.