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The Golden Age of Magic Posters - The Nielsen Collection

10 am on Saturday, 25 June at Potter & Potter Auctions, Chicago Gallery.

The name Norm Nielsen is synonymous with magic posters. A professional magician of great renown, over the last 25 years Nielsen assembled one of the world's great collections of vintage posters from magic's golden age, spanning 1880 - 1930 and beyond. On June 25, Potter & Potter will conduct the first of two public auctions of his well-known collection.

Detail from magic poster

Included in the sale will be vibrant stone lithographs representing nearly every great magician of the 20th century, from Houdini and Thurston to Kellar, Dante, Cumberland, Germain, and dozens more.

Some 400 posters will be offered in the first sale, ranging in size from the smallest of handbills to the largest of billboards, and in rarity from unique images to well-known classics.

Visit the website and view the auction catalogue filled with large images of each poster, supplemented by historical data and details surrounding the images and the performers they advertise:


Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2016

7-9 November, Glasgow

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals. Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world's leading suppliers and consultants.

Image of poster

The themes this year are People and Places, Being Brave and Health and Wellbeing. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Keynote speakers include Jackie Kay, national poet for Scotland and Oonagh Aitken, chief executive of Volunteering Matters. Another keynote will be delivered by two representatives from the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training - all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events will give you the opportunity to network with colleagues at Kelvin Hall, Riverside Museum and Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

There will also be a third day to conference this year with a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to Glasgow's museums galleries and cultural venues all included in the price.

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking - join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 5 August 2016. For more information and to book your place go to


York's Archbishops Registers Revealed

Detail from Register

This project provides free access to over 20,000 images of Registers produced by the Archbishops of York, 1225-1650, in addition to a growing searchable index of names, subjects, places and organisations.

The registers are a valuable, and in many cases, unexploited source for ecclesiastical, political, social, local and family history - covering periods of war, famine, political strife and religious reformation in the Archdiocese of York and the wider Northern Province.

You can browse images using or search the 2727 indexed entries via the search interface. Further information, guidance and supporting material relating to the registers will be added to the site as time goes on.

Visit the website: York's Archbishops Registers Revealed


The Fan Museum

Twenty fifth anniversary year

Detail of folding fan advertising Carlton Hotel & Restaurant, London.

Advertising fan for Carlton Hotel and Restaurant, London. © 2016 The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum owes its existence to the vision of its Founders, Hélène Alexander MBE and her husband, the late A.V Alexander. Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, The Fan Museum occupies two beautifully restored Grade II* listed Georgian townhouses. The Museum holds more than 5,000 objects – arguably the UK’s largest collection of its kind – including fans dating from the twelfth century onwards and works by Salvador Dali, Paul Gauguin and Walter Sickert.

The Museum has cultivated a special atmosphere in which visitors are treated like members of an extended family and is perhaps unusual in actively promoting a traditional attitude to learning, research and customer care – perhaps redolent of times past. In conjunction with a varied temporary exhibition programme the Museum holds regular literary and theatrical events, offers fan making workshops, educational visits and operates a conservation unit.

2016 marks The Fan Museum’s twenty fifth anniversary and what better way to celebrate than with a programme of exhibitions guaranteed to appeal to art lovers and culture vultures of all persuasions. For news of forthcoming exhibitions for the remainder of this special anniversary year visit The Fan Museum.



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