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Clowns International
Welcome to
Clowns International was formed as the International Circus Clowns Club in 1946. Clowns started meeting at St. James’s Church (now part
of Joseph Grimaldi Park), Pentonville Rd. Islington N1. the burial place of Joseph Grimaldi, to commemorate ‘the father of Clowning’ and in
February to hold a memorial service.
In 1959, St. James’s was deconsecrated due to subsidence and a fire. The clowns then moved to their new spiritual home, Holy Trinity
Church, Dalston E8. 
Pictures and painting of clowns soon started appearing in a room behind the church and the Clowns'
Gallery was born. Over the years, it’s grown from strength to strength and now incorporates many
costumes and props with loads of artefacts from the world of clowning and becoming a museum, gallery,
archive and reference library on clowning.
For more information about the Gallery & Museum contact: The Secretary via our contact page.
Gallery Secretary - Bluebottle

Antony Eldridge
Museum Director
Mattie the Clown

Mattie Faint
©  Clowns Gallery Ltd 2016
A Registered Charity
Reg. No. 1076724
Gallery & Museum Closure
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Due to maintenance work at the church and for health & safety reasons the Gallery & Museum has had to close until further notice.

Watch this space for information on reopening