Showman's caravan

Location: Ulster Transport Museum / Rail & Road Galleries / Road Transport Gallery

Our Showmans caravan was built around 1925 in Belfast by Spence and Johnston Ltd. It belonged to the Barry family, who toured Ireland in the first half of the twentieth century with their fun fair after moving to Northern Ireland from Bristol in 1912. They also owned extensive fixed rides at Bangor Co. Down and Portrush Co. Antrim. The caravan consists of three rooms internally; Kitchen, Living Room and Bedroom all panelled in Spanish mahogany and there are many built in cupboards. It underwent extensive restoration work by the skilled team at the museum including repainting the original ‘E B’ for Ernest Barry on to the half doors.