PROFESSOR VANESSA TOULMIN
Professor Vanessa Toulmin is the Chair of Early Film and Popular Entertainment at the University of Sheffield, a historian and international expert of Film & Popular Entertainment. Vanessa is the Chair of The Winter Gardens Preservation Trust. Vanessa Toulmin was born into a fairground family which operated the Winter Gardens fairground, some of her fondest memories were watching her aunt perform on stage at the Winter Gardens Theatre as a contortionist. Vanessa is the author of 14 books on the history of Fairgrounds, Circus and Early Film and Popular Entertainment.