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Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair

4-5 November 2016

Whether you are an experienced collector or simply curious about old and rare books, the Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair is not to be missed.

Image of map game

Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, ephemera and manuscripts from all over the world.

Prices begin at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this an accessible and exciting venue for both serious and inexperienced collectors or those simply looking for an extra special Christmas gift.

Image: Map Game for sale by Forest Books, Grantham, Lincs
Historical Pastime or a New Game of the History of England from the Conquest to the Accession of George the Third. London: John Harris and John Wallis, 1804


The Graphics of Punk

Until 29 January 2017

The Graphics of Punk focus on the wild variety of graphic art that emanated from an era of anti-establishment sentiment.

The dramatic music of the punk movement was spear-headed by the Sex Pistols who dominated this new sound. Their record sleeves packaged this radical noise, and the posters that promoted each new release forms a central point in this exhibit. A range of album covers such as God Save The Queen designed by Jamie Reid (1977) and posters such as Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle designed by M. Hirsh (1979) will be on show.The exhibit also includes the graphics of other groups who amplified this vibrant energy and antics, including The Clash, Buzzcocks and The Damned.

Detail from OZ magazine cover-issue 37

A number of key underground alternative magazines forms a part of the exhibition and gives insights into other ways which the graphics of punk were used at the time. The 1970s was a decade full of outrage and agitation. Both Oz magazine and IT (International Times) were prosecuted for obscenity in 1970, and were found guilty. Spare Rib took up the cause of women's liberation, political activists encouraged splinter groups, and the underground press supported causes such as immigration, abortion, squatters and the miners struggle. These radical campaigns draw a visual parallel between the political climate of the time and its punk graphics aesthetics.

  • Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
  • 111-117 Lancaster Road
  • Notting Hill
  • London W11 1QT
  • UK
  • More details: Museum of Brands


Tell us More about our silhouettes

National Portrait Gallery

Image of record books

Can you spare the National Portrait Gallery just five minutes to help transcribe signatures of tourists on the West Pier, Brighton from the 1920s?

Hubert Leslie ran a Silhouette Studio on the West Pier, Brighton, from 1922 until 1939; he cut well over 20,000 portraits during that time. The National Portrait Gallery has 10 of his record books, covering the years from 1922 to 1950, with Leslie's duplicate of each silhouette, and the autograph of the sitter. These included British holiday-makers and visitors from around the world, from New Zealand and North America, from China and Japan.

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