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  • Ephemera Society Fairs 2015

  • Sunday · 19 July · 20 September
  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • 92 Southampton Row
  • London WC1B 4BH
  • United Kingdom
  • All are welcome · Entry £2 · 11am - 4pm
  • Members from 10am with membership cards

  • Ephemera Society Special Fairs 2015

  • Sunday · 24 May · 6 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



Celebrating 40 years

The Alice Look

Image of Alice and the Queen

Until 1 November 2015

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of one of Britain’s best-known and most-loved children’s books, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This exhibition examines how Alice has influenced style and fashion over the past 150 years.

The Alice Look will bring together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations to show Alice as both a follower of fashion and a trendsetter.

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




Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Until 6 July 2015

Curious and curiouser

The Ransom Center celebrates 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with an exhibition for the curious and curiouser of all ages. Learn about Lewis Carroll and the real Alice who inspired his story and see one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Explore the surprising transformations of Alice and her story as they have travelled through time and across continents. Follow the White Rabbit's path through the exhibition, have a tea party, or watch a 1933 paper filmstrip that has been carefully treated by Ransom Center conservators. The Center's vast collections offer a new look at a story that has delighted generations and inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney.

  • Harry Ransom Center
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • 21st and Guadalupe Streets
  • Austin, Texas
  • USA




Such a curious dream! Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland at 150

Until 5 September 2015

Illustration by John Tenniel

This exhibition will feature unique, colourful and curious Carrolliana from the early 1860s to the present. Drawn largely from the fabulous collection compiled by Harvard alumnus Harcourt Amory, the exhibition will include original drawings by illustrator John Tenniel, foreign editions of the book, parodies, theatrical works and ephemera. Not to be missed: Alice Liddell’s own copy of the suppressed first edition.

  • Edison and Newman Room
  • Houghton Library
  • Harvard Yard
  • Harvard University
  • Cambridge, MA 02138
  • USA




Fans of the Belle Époque

Until 2 September 2015

This glorious exhibition evokes the extravagance and theatricality commonly associated with this alluring epoch (c. 1890-1910) and features a spellbinding assortment of exquisitely-crafted fans – the types favoured by wealthy American heiresses and the cream of European society at this time.

Image of fan

The very best of the Museum’s collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth century fans are on show, including: lavish examples from the go-to fan makers of the period, Duvelleroy & Kees; an array of beautifully conceived Art Nouveau confections, and exuberant designs by gifted painters such as Abbéma, Lasellaz, and Billotey.

  • The Fan Museum
  • 12 Crooms Hill
  • Greenwich
  • London SE10 8ER
  • UK




A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

Until 13 June 2015

Image of poster

From the ‘Votes for Women’ campaign of the early Twentieth Century to the recent Occupy movements, the poster has been used to mobilise, educate and organise.

Bringing together around seventy posters from the V&A’s collection this exhibition looks at the defining features of protest graphics, showcasing the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives.

  • The Civic
  • Hanson Street
  • Barnsley
  • South Yorkshire S70 2HZ
  • UK
  • Image: Copyright © V&A Museum




Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray

Until 21 June 2015

To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of British caricaturist James Gillray (1756–1815), the Ashmolean presents more than 50 of Gillray’s finest caricatures from the outstanding collection of New College, Oxford.

detailof etching

James Gillray trained as a professional copyist at the Royal Academy and then staked his professional life on caricature, amongst the first generation of artists to do so. He produced more than a thousand prints, some the fruit of months of reflection, others banged out at lightning speed, responding to but also creating instant controversies on the very day of the event.

His prints were divisive and partisan: in 1798 a Tory Lord would congratulate him for having “been of infinite service in lowering them [the Whigs] and making them look ridiculous,” while the exiled Napoleon, well aware of Gillray’s anti-French propaganda, was reported to have said that the British engraver did more than all the armies of Europe to bring him down.

Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray is curated by Professor Todd Porterfield of the University of Montreal.

  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Beaumont St
  • Oxford
  • OX1 2PH
  • Image: Detail of Enchantments lately seen upon the Mountains of Wales,
    1796 James Gillray (1756–1815)
    © The Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford / Bridgeman Images




Heckling Hitler: World War Two in Cartoons & Comics

Until 12 July 2015

Image of Hitler from Punch magazine 1935

It is difficult for those of us living in the 21st century to realise the impact of cartoon art 70 years ago. To a news-hungry public, anxious about world affairs facing possible invasion, the radio was a lifeline, but it was the topical cartoon with its immediacy and universal accessibility, even to the barely literate, that could speak the message mere words could never convey. The propagandists and media manipulators were swift to recognize this power.

Heckling Hitler shows how World War II unfolded through the eyes of British cartoonists. Throughout the war, cartoonists and comic artists played their part in helping to raise morale. On the home front, their cartoons showed Britain ‘how to make the best of things’ (Heath Robinson) and encouraged people to keep ‘smiling through’ (Joe Lee). Posters produced for the Ministry of Information reminded the public that ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ (Fougasse) and that ‘Doctor Carrot’ was the ‘children’s friend’. Comic heroes like Desperate Dan and Lord Snooty and his Pals kept the children entertained with stories showing how British pluck and guile would put one over on the dictators.

Image of Hitler from Punch magazine 1942

This exhibition of over 120 original drawings and printed ephemera concentrates mainly on newspaper and magazine cartoons from WWII for the simple reason that these would have been the most widely available to the general public. Included are works by H. M. Bateman, Will Dyson, ‘Fougasse’, Carl Giles, Leslie Grimes, Leslie Illingworth, ‘Jon’, ‘Kem’, Joe Lee, David Low, Donald McGill, ‘Neb’, Eric Roberts, ‘Pont’, William Heath Robinson, Ronald Searle, E. H. Shepard, Sidney Strube, Bert Thomas, ‘Vicky’ and Dudley D. Watkins.

Sample material from books, aerial leaflets, artwork from The Dandy and The Beano, postcards and other publications produced as overseas propaganda have also been included, as well as some unpublished cartoons drawn in prisoner-of-war camps and by civilians on the home front on scrap paper from the Ministry of Food.

  • Cartoon Museum
  • 35 Little Russell Street
  • London
  • WC1A 2HH
  • UK
  • Top image detail from Punch cartoon by E H Shepard in 1935.
    Lower image detail from Punch cartoon by Bernard Partridge in 1942




Sail Away: Liverpool Shipping Posters

Until 4 October 2015

Image of poster

A century of shipping posters from Merseyside Maritime Museum's collection.

This new display features 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 to 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.

From emigrant services, through the age of luxury transatlantic liners, to latter day cruise ships, posters are snapshots from a time when global travel was still an unusual and often exotic undertaking. Together these posters show the changing face of passenger travel by sea.

  • Art and the Sea Gallery
  • Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Albert Dock
  • Liverpool Waterfront
  • Liverpool L3 4AQ
  • UK
  • Image: Copyright © Bibby Line Group Limited, Liverpool




Modern Heroism: Printmaking and the legacy
of Napoleon Bonaparte

Until 28 June 2015

Image of Napolean

An exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon spread liberal reform across Europe and to his supporters his legacy was that of a modern hero.

Post-Napoleonic France was characterised by constant unrest and political upheaval which coincided with a revolution in printmaking as the new technique of lithography flourished.

Quick and cheap to issue in large numbers, lithography became the medium through which a new generation of artists was able to disseminate its art and political views to the masses.

  • The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Charrington Print Room (16)
  • Trumpington Street
  • Cambridge
  • UK




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

Until 11 September 2015

Image of poster

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.

  • RAF Museum London
  • Grahame Park Way
  • London NW9 5LL
  • UK



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