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Ephemera Events & Exhibitions

  • Ephemera Society Fairs

  • Sunday 2014 · 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 Winter Special Fair

  • Sunday 2014 · 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





Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present

Until 30 August 2014

Image of Poster

Show Me The Money charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States.

The exhibition shows how artists have grappled with the increasingly intangible nature of money and finance from the South Sea Bubble of the early eighteenth century to the global financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath.

On show are works from the great eighteenth century satirists William Hogarth and James Gillray, alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists and the first UK exhibition of international artists.

As well as works in an array of media, the exhibition also reveals the development of an array of financial visualisations, including stock tickers and charts, newspaper illustrations, bank adverts and electronic trading systems.

  • Northern Gallery for Contemporary Arts
  • City Library & Arts Centre
  • Fawcett Street
  • Sunderland SR1 1RE
  • United Kingdom




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



York Book Fair

19-20 September 2014

Held over two days, over 220 of this country's leading booksellers offer for sale a breathtaking diversity of books, as well as posters, ephemera, manuscripts, maps & prints, ranging in price
from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds.

  • Knavesmire Suite
  • York Racecourse
  • YO23 1EX
  • United Kingdom



  Image of post card

South of England Postcard Fair

26 - 27 September 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

Until 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




Silhouettes: From Craft to Art

Until 30 September 2014

Silhouettes in Album
Two silhouettes on page in English album circa 1830

This exhibition explores the production of hand-cut and printed silhouettes in books and manuscript albums from the late 1700s to the present, both as craft and as art forms in Europe and the United States.

The 'craze' for silhouettes popularized this figurative genre among a wide audience at the end of the eighteenth-century. Amateurs and professionals alike made silhouettes for private use or widespread circulation. During the nineteenth century, the visual vocabulary of these figures expanded. While remaining a popular art, silhouette-making attracted the interest of artists. The exhibit includes well-known books about or including silhouettes such as those of Johann Caspar Lavater and Kara Walker, as well as lesser known items representative of the subject.

  • Amy Lowell Room
  • Houghton Library
  • Harvard Yard
  • Harvard University
  • Cambridge, MA 02138 USA




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

Until 4 October 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




Seduced! Fans & the art of advertising

Until 28 September 2014

This display at The Fan Museum presents a fascinating overview of the history of advertising fans.

The exhibition reveals how commercial art – a dynamic, seductive art-form – emerged during the late nineteenth century to play a pivotal role in generating and sustaining a culture of consumption among the growing middle classes.

Image of advertising fan for Möet & Chandon

Advertising fan for Möet & Chandon    
Artist: A. Lopez, French, c. 1930    

Focusing on the interwar period and the aesthetics of Art Deco, the exhibition includes a colourful array of fans made to promote leisure activities such as travel, dining & shopping. Luxury brands are equally well represented with fans advertising champagne, perfume and haute-couture.

Many of the fans exhibited feature designs by masters of commercial art including, Georges Barbier, Leonetto Cappiello and René Gruau, whose striking pochoir & chromolithographic prints evoke a remarkable age of decadence, glamour, exoticism and the birth of modern consumer culture.

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




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
  • Sunderland SR1 1RE
  • United Kingdom




War Of Words

Until - 28 September 2014

In the centenary year of the outbreak of World War, the Museum of London Docklands, presents this display exploring the impact of the prolonged conflict on East London.

Image of WWI poster
  • Museum of London Docklands
  • West India Quay
  • Canary Wharf
  • Sunderland SR1 1RE
  • 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

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.

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



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