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Ephemera Events, News & Exhibitions

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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




Var dags tryck

Until 31 October 2016

Since 1698 the Lund University Library, Sweden has the right to receive one copy of every Swedish print, the so-called right of legal deposit, which must be kept for the future. This applies to everything from books, newspapers and maps to ephemera such as posters, organisational prints, product catalogues and advertisements.

The majority - but not all - is catalogued and thereby becomes visible and available. Material which is not catalogued is called Ephemera and this represents the biggest part of our Swedish prints. This is especially important since it cannot be obtained in any other way. These are single leaflets, pamphlets, brochures and programmes, material which reflects the occasion.

Image of Swedish advertising

The exhibition Var dags tryck explores four themes: Health, Politics, Leisure and Popular movements, but whatever you may choose it is possible to track the growth of modern Sweden in the Ephemera. Everything is here: little league newsletters, pizza menus, mail order catalogues and advertising mail which tell us about people's needs and dreams and everyday life. The University Library is now starting a long-term drive to promote Ephemera and to make it more accessible.

  • Lund University Library
  • Lund University
  • Helgonabacken 1
  • Lund
  • Sweden
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Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

Until 1 May 2017 Image of birthday card featuring ration books

IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums in Manchester, presents this major exhibition marking the 75th anniversary of clothes rationing in Britain.

During the Second World War British men and women had to find new ways to dress as austerity measures and the rationing of clothes took hold.

They demonstrated amazing adaptability and ingenuity by adopting more casual styles and by renovating, recycling and creating their own clothes.

Bringing together 300 exhibits including clothing, accessories, photographs and film, official documents and publications, artworks, wartime letters, interviews and ephemera, some of which have never been on display before, Fashion on the Ration presents a sense of what life was like on the home front for men and women during wartime Britain.

  • IWM North
  • The Quays
  • Trafford Wharf Road
  • Manchester M17 1TZ
  • UK
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Pug’s Progress: William Hogarth and Animals

Until 16 October 2016 Image of Hogarth and pug

Hogarth’s House’s summer exhibition will explore William Hogarth’s (1697-1764) relationship with animals in the context of changing attitudes towards animals in early Georgian society.

Hogarth depicted a broad range of animals in his art, from pampered monkeys to abused carthorses. This exhibition considers the place of these animals in Hogarth’s time. The exhibition will also consider Hogarth’s own part in the movement for better treatment of animals, as well as his personal relationship with his pet pug dogs.

Among the objects on display are a frost fair souvenir (on loan from the Peter Jackson Collection) which Hogarth had printed with the name of his dog, Trump, when they visited the frozen Thames in 1740.

  • Hogarth’s House
  • Hogarth Lane
  • Great West Road
  • London W4 2QN
  • UK
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The Weird & The Wonderful:
Entertaining Georgian Polite Society

Until 31 December 2016 Image of hand coloured print

From the pursuit of intimate pleasures to the raucous bedlam of the theatre, The Weird & The Wonderful opens a window onto the outrageous and sometimes shocking behaviour of ‘polite society’ – conducted in the name of entertainment.

Fairfax House’s major summer exhibition will look at the social scene in English towns and cities including London, delving into the tempting array of decadent activities and pleasurable pursuits catering for all tastes and predilections, sometimes challenging the notions of what ‘polite’ entertainment encompassed in the eighteenth century.

The Weird & the Wonderful also specifically uncovers the richness of Georgian York’s offerings as the social capital of the North and the place to see and be seen.

As well as exploring its lively winter season with rounds of dinners, balls, assemblies and parties, the exhibition delves into the city’s debauched diversions, including ‘polite’ society’s taste for notorious trials, visiting prisons and public hangings, the wanton pleasures available in the city’s brothels, as well as raucous activities such as cockfighting, bear baiting and street boxing.

  • Fairfax House
  • Castlegate
  • York YO1 9RN
  • UK
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  • Image reproduced courtesy of Look and Learn:



Victoria Revealed

Until 17 February 2018

Image of Queen Victoria

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.


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