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Ephemera Events & Exhibitions

  • Ephemera Society Fairs

  • More intimate event with up to 50 tables
  • Sundays 2014 · 6 July · 7 September
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • 92 Southampton Row
  • London WC1B 4BH
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome.   Entry £2   11.00 - 16.00
  • Members from 10am with membership cards

  • Ephemera Society Summer & Winter Special Fairs

  • Major event with up to 70 tables attracting dealers
    from mainland Europe and USA
  • Sundays 2014 · 18 May · 7 December
  • Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
  • Coram Street
  • London WC1N 1HT
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome.   Entry £3   11.00 - 16.00
  • Members from 10am with membership cards




Spreading the Word: A Selection of Missionary Posters, Games, and Ephemera from the Day Missions Collection

Until May 2014

This new exhibit focuses on visual materials used by missionaries to convey the Gospel message, and materials used to encourage the home public to understand and support the missionary enterprise.

Teaching the alphabet

During the height of the missionary movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tens of thousands of missionaries went abroad, seeking to spread their Christian beliefs and bringing with them their devotion to Western civilisation. This exhibition focuses on two aspects of "Spreading the Word".

  • Divinity Library
  • Yale University Library
  • 409 Prospect Street
  • New Haven, CT 06511
  • USA
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London International Antiquarian Book Fair

22 - 24 May 2014

Image of Book Fair logo

This major three-day event is one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors – and centrepiece of London International Antiquarian Book Fair Week. In the light and airy Olympia National, you will find thousands of rare, unusual and unique items offered for sale by 180 leading UK and international dealers.

At the Fair you can view, handle and buy books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and original art work spanning the centuries, many items of museum quality. All items are freely available for inspection before purchase and in contrast to the e-book or downloaded text, here you may hold a remarkable piece of history in your hand.

  • London International Antiquarian Book Fair
  • Olympia National
  • Hammersmith Road
  • London
  • W14 8UX
  • UK



  Image of post card

South of England Postcard Fair

9 - 10 May 2014

Organised by The Postcard Traders Association and although principally postcards the fair also features cigarette cards, printed ephemera and stamps.

  • Woking Leisure Centre
  • Kingfield Road
  • Hammersmith Road
  • Woking, Surrey
  • GU22 9BA
  • UK




The Great Diary Project

17 May – 12 October 2014

Image of diaries

Using documents from The Great Diary Project archive at Bishopsgate Institute, this exhibition offers insights into the lives of children and teenagers at particular moments in history. The diaries on display date from 1813 to 1996, showing changes in attitudes over time and demonstrating how an individual's unique voice can be captured in this very private kind of writing.

On public display for the first time, they include tales of flogging and bed bugs at boarding school during the Napoleonic Wars, early twentieth century American Scout diaries, as well as coded accounts of wild teenage behavior during the Blitz.

The Project began in 2011 with the private collection of historian Irving Finkel, who has been rescuing diaries for years, storing them in his office at the British Museum. Finkel and his team of researchers and volunteers recognised the importance of diaries as records of stories, language and intimate details about the way people live. The Great Diary Project aims to collect unwanted personal diaries as an invaluable record of social history to be used for future research; it accepts donations of diaries from all over the country. Read more at

  • V&A Museum of Childhood
  • Cambridge Heath Road
  • London E2 9PA
  • UK




London Map Fair 2014

7 & 8 June 2014 · Admission Free

The largest Antique Map Fair in Europe, established 1980, brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world.

Image of map puzzles
This item offered for sale by: Hanno Schreyer. "Atlas", puzzle with 8 maps:
World, Europe, Africa, Asia, North, central and South America, Oceania and France.
Paris , Delamarche editeur, mid 19th century.

A very large selection of Original Antique Maps will be available for sale, ranging in age from the 15th C. to the 20th C., covering all parts of the world and priced to suit all pockets: from £10 to £100,000.

  • Royal Geographical Society
  • 1 Kensington Gore
  • London SW7
  • UK




‘This bewitching poison’: alcohol and the Royal College
of Physicians

Until 27 June 2014

Detail from early 19th century print

Detail from The Buff Club at the Pig and Whistle, Avon Street, Bath
by Robert Cruikshank 1825

This exhibition explores 300 years of drinking history and debate through the work of artists, doctors, satirists and activists. From the ‘Gin Craze’ in the 1700s to minimum unit pricing in 2013, the exhibition reveals stories of drinking: consumption and regulation, excess and temperance, celebration and destitution, disease and cure.

Artists’ responses to alcohol form a major theme of the exhibition and include works by 19th century illustrator Gustav Doré, satirists from George Cruikshank to MATT, contemporary painter and printmaker Paula Rego.

Volumes from the Royal College of Physicians rare book collections detail medical treatments throughout history that used alcohol as their main ingredient. A 1660s recipe book lists ‘An excellent drink against the plague’ of herbs, wine and distilled spirit.

This fascinating exhibition will feature objects and images from lenders including Museum of London, the Wellcome Library and the Cartoon Museum to chart trends in everyday drinking of wine, beer and spirits and the ways in which government and the medical profession have responded through the centuries - with implications for us all today.

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • 11 St Andrews Place
  • Regent's Park
  • London NW1 4LE
  • UK




Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

Until 28 September 2014

Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this display will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.

Ticket 1864
Stratford-Upon-Avon tercentenary celebration of the birth of Shakespeare
One guinea ticket for performance of Hamlet, 27 April 1864

Drawing together objects from the V&A collection and interviews with key contemporary practitioners, Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright examines how Shakespeare’s plays have travelled across centuries and continents to be used as a springboard for theatrical re-imaginings and interpretation. Dealing in universal truths, but offering generations of practitioners the creative freedom to explore new ideas, his works remain contemporary and relevant today. He is our greatest living playwright.

  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Theatre & Performance Room 104
  • Cromwell Road
  • London SW7 2RL
  • UK




Sail Away: Liverpool Shipping Posters

From 16 May 2014

This new display will feature 14 posters dating from 1888 to 1980, advertising Liverpool shipping companies. Many of these posters have never been on display before.

They are a record of the style, glamour and excitement of a long-gone era when sailing by liner was the only way travel. Starting out as simple bills of sailing, over time shipping company advertisements developed into highly designed full colour posters that reflected the changing needs and aspirations of passengers.

Image of PosterOne of the more colourful and exotic posters in the exhibition is from 1935.

Blue Star Line’s Arandora Star to South Africa, Java, Malaya, Ceylon and Egypt. The poster depicts the vessel berthed alongside palm trees swaying in a tropical paradise.

  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Albert Dock
  • Liverpool Waterfront
  • Liverpool L3 4AQ
  • United Kingdom



  Image of Greeting card

Wha's like us?: A nation of dreams
and ideas

Until 18 May 2014

Celebrate what Scotland has given the world. This exhibition presents an A-Z of achievements across the centuries by Scots and Scotland.

Some of them serious and others showing our nation's lighter side, but all are worth remembering and celebrating. And within the alphabetically arranged topics, visitors may find a few surprise exhibits.

  • George IV Bridge Building
  • National Library of Scotland
  • George IV Bridge
  • Edinburgh EH1 1EW
  • United Kingdom




Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists' Scrapbooks

Until 11 May 2014

The scrapbook has long been used as a storehouse for memories — to preserve a lock of hair, a sentimental piece of correspondence, a magazine clipping, or a beloved snapshot. Finding a historical precedent in the 17th-century commonplace book, in which bits of scripture might be jotted down alongside literary quotations and recipes, the scrapbook evolved into a highly crafted visual record, a diary not just of thoughts, but also of things.

Image of William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, Untitled (scrapbook 3)
William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, Untitled (scrapbook 3)

Artists began to engage with the scrapbook in earnest in the postwar period, using the page as variously as the canvas, albeit on a smaller scale. As the title 'Paperwork' suggests, this display explores how contemporary artists have used the scrapbook to forge an intimate artistic identity, in opposition to the bureaucratic, administrative papers that provide official identification.

  • Fox Reading Room
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • The Mall
  • London SW1Y 5AH
  • United Kingdom



War Games from WW1

From 19 July 2014

Would it surprise you to know that during the dark days of the First World War, families played their own branded games?

This new display throws light on the boxed pastimes that Britons played while their loved ones were fighting at the front. These aspirational games, with titles such as Race to Berlin, Battle in the Skies or Running the Blockade were enjoyed by all. As the war progressed, toy shops filled with new ideas that reflected the latest war events, such as Konscripto, Bombarding the Zepps and Tank Manoeuvres. Perhaps a more worrying concept was the game of War Tactics: Can Great Britain be Invaded?

Image of WWI Board Games

Dexterity puzzles were a popular amusement and contemporary titles included Trench Football and the impossibly difficult Blighty puzzle. Along with a colourful array of jigsaw puzzles, this exhibition includes topical card games such as Spy!! and the hopefully named Catch the Kaiser.

These games and puzzles from the Great War remind us of a forgotten era of family entertainment before the days of radio and television. It seems surprising that not only were these games produced, but also, remarkably, that they survive to be marvelled at a hundred years later.

  • Museum of Brands
  • 2 Colville Mews
  • Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill
  • London W11 2AR
  • United Kingdom



Performing Arts Memorabilia Fair 2014

Saturdays · 1 November · 10.30 - 16.00

Image of circus performerSpecialist dealers will display for sale books and ephemera including playbills, posters, autographs, programmes, prints and photographs, ballet, dance, circus, memorabilia, and much more at prices ranging from a few to several hundred pounds.

  • Sadler's Wells Theatre
  • Roseberry Avenue
  • London
  • EC1R 4TN
  • United Kingdom
  • More information contact:
    01424 722647 · 07775 704052



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