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  • Ephemera Society Fairs 2016

  • Sunday · 22 May · 4 December
  • Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
  • Coram Street
  • London WC1N 1HT
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome · Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm
  • Members from 10am with membership cards



  • Bloomsbury Book Fair 2016

  • For the small fairs in 2016 the Ephemera Society will be joining up with the Bloomsbury Book Fair run by Kim Jeffery of Etc Fairs
  • Sunday · 10 July · 9 October
  • Above dates will have exhibitors from the Ephemera Society
  • Royal National Hotel
  • Bedford Way
  • London WC1H 0DG
  • United Kingdom
  • 10am - 4pm · Entry £2 until 12.30pm, free thereafter
  • More information:


Feeding London: the Forgotten Market Gardens

Until 24 June 2016

This exhibition at Guildhall Library celebrates the long history of market gardening in Middlesex tracing the growth, peak and decline of the production of fruit, vegetables and flowers in the area.

It reveals the rapid and radical change of land use arising from London’s ever-growing population, from the need to increase food production in the 1800s, to the demand for housing for the new ‘commuter classes’ in the 20th century.

Image of young woman selling potatoes

An invaluable collection of the memories of local people who worked in the nurseries and market gardens of South West London, right up until the last days of the industry in the 1970s, are shared.

The stories of the great gardening dynasties of Middlesex, who developed horticultural expertise, built flourishing businesses and became major employers, are also told; along with those of the seasonal migrants such as the ‘Welsh’ women who walked every year from Wales and Shropshire to help with the harvest, and the skilled horticulturalists who emigrated from Europe.

  • Guildhall Library
  • Aldermanbury
  • London EC2V 7HH
  • UK
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Loupot: peintre d'affiches

Image Poster

Until 28 August 2016

The Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication, Lyon presents a retrospective exhibition dedicated to the great French poster designer Charles Loupot (1892-1962) with material extending over 50 years from the archives of the Bibliotheque Forney.


Victoria Revealed

Until 17 February 2018

Image of Queen Victoria

This exhibition explores the many, often surprising, aspects of Queen Victoria’s character: devoted wife, dedicated mother, devastated widow and powerful stateswoman.

Follow Victoria’s story from the room in which she spent her first moments as queen. Trace her journey from young girl to queen enthralled with a new husband, to grieving matriarch and ruler of a vast empire.

Included in the exhibition are iconic, impressive, beautiful and often deeply personal objects, from Victoria’s simple white silk wedding gown, to the dolls she made, dressed and named as a little girl.

Victoria and the people who surrounded her tell this story: excerpts from her journals, letters and reports from contemporary commentators give insight into the extraordinary life of the woman whose name defined an age.


The Royal Game of the Goose: 400 years of printed board games

Until 14 May 2016

Image of board game

This exhibition, based on Adrian Seville’s collection, brings together some seventy games on paper. All are of the simplest kind: throw the dice to race to the end of the spiral track – no choice of move, no skill possible.

The Game of the Goose is the prototype, to which all the games are related, some using it as a close template for thematic variation, some being only distant relations.

The exhibition begins by demonstrating the spread and endurance of the classic Goose game worldwide, and then shows how educational variants were invented in mid seventeenth- century France.

By contrast, British educational games are shown as developing a century later. Thematic sections follow these displays of the game’s history, and cover propaganda and polemic, science and invention, advertising, and some intriguing images of America as seen from across the pond.

The show concludes with games arranged for play: try your luck in progressing from Errand Boy to ‘respected Banker and a good citizen’!

  • The Grolier Club
  • 47 East 60th Street
  • New York City 10022
  • USA
  • Image: Jeu des manchons "la couronne"
    Paris: Etabs. Robert & Cie., 55 & 57 Rue Louis-Blanc, [c. 1900]
    Chromolithograph, 260 x 370 mm


"The Age of Steam" Exhibition

Until 28 May 2016

Image of poster A first exhibition for this recently opened gallery in London will showcase a variety of stunning ocean liner and railway posters from around the world, primarily from the 1920-30s; the Golden Age of Travel.

This was a time when travel was not merely a way of getting somewhere but a destination and an experience in itself. Powered by steam, mighty hand-crafted machines carried passengers for days on their journey to new adventures. The essence of romance and style of this period is truly captured by the elegant poster designs of the era.


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