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Ephemera Events & Exhibitions

  • Ephemera Society Winter Special Fair 2014

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  • Sunday · 7 December
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  • 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
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  • New listing Ephemera Society Fairs 2015

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  • Sundays · 18 January · 15 March · 19 July · 20 September
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  • 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
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  • New listing Ephemera Society Special Fairs 2015

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  • Sundays · 24 May · 6 December
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  • 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

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Goodbye Piccadilly: From Home Front to Western Front

Until 8 March 2015

Poster

This major exhibition reveals the untold story of London’s Home Front during the First World War; how drivers took their buses to the Front to support the war effort, how women advanced into the transport workforce for the first time and how Londoners came under deadly attack from the air as total war came to the Capital.

Highlights for the ephemerist include First World War recruitment posters, rarely seen propaganda posters specially designed to be displayed in army billets overseas as a reminder of home.

  • London Transport Museum
  • Covent Garden Piazza
  • London WC2E 7BB
  • UK
  • www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

 

 

Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War

Until 3 November 2014

Detail from poster

In commemoration of the start of World War I in the summer of 1914, this centennial exhibition at the The Huntington Library, San Marino, California illustrates how a global war was waged not just by soldiers on battlefields and politicians in offices, but by civilian populations of men, women, and children on the home fronts of combatant nations including Canada, England, France, and the United States.

Drawn entirely from The Huntington’s collections, Your Country Calls! features approximately fifty stirring posters created to shape and influence national identity, justify involvement, build unity across international borders, and mobilise citizens into action for a collective effort to win the war.

  • The Huntington Library
  • West Hall
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, CA 91108
  • USA
  • www.huntington.org/

 

 

120 Years of Tower Bridge 1894-2014

Until 5 January 2015

Image of Prince of Wales

Tower Bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), on behalf of Queen Victoria.

As part of the 120th anniversary celebrations of the opening of Tower Bridge, Guildhall Art Gallery presents an exhibition exploring the Bridge as an enduring source of artistic inspiration for painters, draughtsman, printmakers and photographers, showcasing rare and captivating images of the icon from every decade of its history.

  • Guildhall Art Gallery
  • Guildhall Yard (off Gresham Street)
  • London EC2V 5AE
  • UK
  • www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
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Paper Persuaders: First World War posters

Until 18 January 2015

Image of poster

When the First World War broke out the British Army numbered 45,000, with another 250,000 part time soldiers. The Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, quickly realised the need to recruit and expand the army. The government set up the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee in August 1914 and began the campaign to increase recruits to fight for their country.

Over the five years of the war, over 100 poster designs were commissioned to encourage and persuade people to do their bit. This exhibition shows a selection of them.

First World War poster © Maurice Collins collection

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  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
  • Exeter
  • Devon EX4 3RX
  • UK
  • www.rammuseum.org.uk/

 

 

 

Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A life of a Pioneering Aviator

Until 11th September 2015

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Sir Alan Cobham was a pioneering long distance aviator and technical innovator who became famous for his exploits in the interwar years by making aviation accessible and popular throughout the world.

He learnt to fly while in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War and later went on to set many long distance aviation records.

These include becoming the first person to fly from London to Cape Town and back in 1926 for which he received the Air Force Cross, and in the same year to be the first person to fly from London to Australia and back, for which he was knighted by King George V.

Sir Alan Cobham also organised a series of flying tours of the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa which became affectionately known as ‘Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus’. These tours promoted aviation to the public and were a source of inspiration for countless pilots in the Second World War.

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  • RAF Museum London
  • Grahame Park Way
  • London NW9 5LL
  • UK
  • www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

 

 

 

Witches and wicked bodies

Until 11 January 2015

Image of demnology

This exhibition will examine the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. It will feature prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Goya, Delacroix, Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside classical Greek vessels and Renaissance maiolica.

Efforts to understand and interpret seemingly malevolent deeds – as well apportion blame for them and elicit confessions through hideous acts of torture – have had a place in society since classical antiquity and Biblical times. Men, women and children have all been accused of sorcery. The magus, or wise practitioner of ‘natural magic’ or occult ‘sciences’, has traditionally been male, but the majority of those accused and punished for witchcraft, especially since the Reformation, have been women. They are shown as monstrous hags with devil-worshipping followers. They represent an inversion of a well-ordered society and the natural world.

  • British Museum
  • Room 90
  • Great Russell Street
  • London WC1B 3DG
  • United Kingdom
  • www.britishmuseum.org/
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Bridge

Until 2 November 2014

In celebration of the 120th anniversary of London’s iconic Tower Bridge, this summer, the Museum of London Docklands opens a new, free exhibition – Bridge.

Engraving of New London Bridge Under Construction 1827

New London Bridge under construction 1827

Bridge is the largest art exhibition ever to be staged at the Museum of London Docklands. Drawing on the museum’s significant art collections, the exhibition will feature rarely seen contemporary and historical artworks, alongside photography and film to consider the significance of bridges within London’s landscape.

  • Museum of London Docklands
  • West India Quay
  • Canary Wharf
  • London E14 4AL
  • United Kingdom
  • www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands/
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Performing Arts Memorabilia Fair 2014

Saturday · 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.

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

 

 

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