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Circusmuseum is a project of the Allard Pierson (UvA) and Stichting Theater in Nederland

Developer: TODOSmedia

Digital recordings: Pictura Imaginis, Michiel Hofmans

Design: TODOSmedia, WordPress

Project coordinator: Floortje Bakkeren

Curator: Hans van Keulen

Editing: Klaas van der Hoek, Vanessa Groenewegen

Translations: Vitataal

Image research: Floortje Bakkeren, Tuja van den Berg, Brenda Bernhard, Gonneke Janssen, Hans van Keulen, Peter Odding, Vanessa Groenewegen, Teylersmuseum

Powered by: Jaap en Rietje Best Circus Fonds (AUF) and the Herman Linssen Fonds (St.TiN)

Special thanks to: Erik Bastiaanse, Arjen Klein Poelhuis, Hennie Dolfsma, Willem Rodenhuis, Rob van der Zalm, Alfred van Maasakkers, Arthur Hofmeester, Dick Vrieling, Herman Voogd and Simon van den Berg


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