Family La Bonche is a youth circus group based in Newcastle that train together to develop their skills and create troupe and fire shows. The group received funding from The National Lottery to research the circuses that have come from or toured in the North East. Their findings were shared in an exhibition, online and in a book. The group were even able to revive some old acts and create a show inspired by the characters lives and skills.
Lottery funding helped the young people make visits to archives and learn how best to collect information from the past. It also contributed to the exhibition being displayed in three venues: The Discovery Museum, The Great North Museum and The British Juggling Convention in Barnsley - the closest thing the UK has to a circus gathering. Family La Bonche helped these young people to develop a deeper, better understanding of the circus history.
As well as learning useful research skills, the project has helped the circus group to become even closer and given the members a better sense of belonging.
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