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  • Ephemera Society Fair 2016

  • Sunday · 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
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Black Chronicles

Until 18 December 2016

Image of black British woman

This exhibition showcases over forty photographs that present a unique snapshot of black lives and experiences in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. Developed in collaboration with Autograph ABP, this intervention in three gallery spaces includes some of the earliest photographs in the Gallery’s Collection alongside recently rediscovered photographs from the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.

These portraits of individuals of African and Asian heritage bear witness to Britain’s imperial history of empire and expansion. They highlight an important and complex black presence in Britain before 1948, a watershed moment when the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of Caribbean immigrants to Britain.

  • Floor 1: ROOMS 23, 31, 33
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • St Martin’s Place
  • London WC2H 0HE
  • UK
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  • Image: Martha Ricks by Elliott & Fry, 1892. Copyright © National Portrait Gallery


To Make That Future Now!
150 years of the Manchester and Salford Trades Council

Until 26 August 2016

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A new exhibition at the Working Class Movement Library celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Manchester and Salford Trades Council.

For 150 years the Trades Council has fought, not only for socialism and trade union rights, but also against injustices such as poverty, discrimination and unemployment - and, as two separate institutions since 1975, it still carries on the struggle.

  • Working Class Movement Library
  • 51 The Crescent
  • Salford M5 4WX
  • UK
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Fans of the Livery

7 June - 4 September 2016

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This fascinating exhibition will include fans presented to the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers by Past Masters and a choice of fans from the generous gift of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone. Also included is a historically interesting fan made by F Chassereau, a Worshipful Company Fan Maker active in the middle of the 18th Century.

The Company has shown its collection on only a few occasions, with its fans last seen in public in 1995.

The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers gained its Royal Charter 1709, when London’s fan makers sought to protect their trade from imports shipped from abroad by the East India Company and to control the activities of fan makers arriving from Europe.

Today, the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers exists as a modern Livery Company with links to education, research and the manufacture of fans in their modern applications, providing support to London-based charities, associated schools and providing encouragement to affiliated units of the Armed Services and Cadet forces.

  • The Fan Museum
  • 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich
  • London SE10 8ER
  • UK
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That Dreadful Fire: The Hand of God, a Great Wind
and a Very Dry Season

15 August – 30 November 2016

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This exhibition at Guildhall Library commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London and explores the story of this devastation through Guildhall Library’s collections, including English and foreign accounts, sermons and public records.

Wooden buildings, stores of combustibles and overcrowding meant fires were a regular occurrence in 17th century London. Most were unremarkable. So when a chance fire started in a bakery on 2 September 1666, no one could know that it would wipe out most of the City of London.

Pepys notes in his diary:
It was a small mistake, but with great consequences. On September 2, 1666, Thomas Farrinor, baker to King Charles II of England, failed, in effect, to turn off his oven. He thought the fire was out, but apparently the smouldering embers ignited some nearby firewood and by one o'clock in the morning, three hours after Farrinor went to bed, his house in Pudding Lane was in flames. Farrinor, along with his wife and daughter, and one servant, escaped from the burning building through an upstairs window, but the baker's maid was not so fortunate, becoming the Great Fire's first victim.
  • 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

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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 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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