Major event with up to 70 tables attracting dealers from mainland Europe and USA
Sundays 2014 · 18 May · 7 December
Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
London WC1N 1HT
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.
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".
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
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
The Great Diary Project
17 May – 12 October 2014
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 www.thegreatdiaryproject.co.uk/
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA
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.
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
‘This bewitching poison’: alcohol and the Royal College of Physicians
Until 27 June 2014
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.
Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this display will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.
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
London SW7 2RL
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.
One 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
Liverpool L3 4AQ
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
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.
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.
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?
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
Performing Arts Memorabilia Fair 2014
Saturdays · 1 November · 10.30 - 16.00
Specialist 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
More information contact: 01424 722647 · 07775 704052