The Scrap Album - Site Guide

Ephemera Events, News & Exhibitions

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  • The Ephemera Society Fair 2014

  • More intimate event with up to 50 tables
  • Sundays · 6 July · 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

  • The Ephemera Society Special Fairs 2014

  • Major event with up to 70 tables attracting dealers from
    mainland Europe and USA
  • Sundays · 18 May · 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





London International Antiquarian Book Fair

22 - 24 May 2014 Image of Book Fair logo

This major three-day event is one of the highlights in the world for book lovers and collectors – and centrepiece of London International Antiquarian Book Fair Week. In the light and airy Olympia National, you will find thousands of rare, unusual and unique items offered for sale by 180 leading UK and international dealers.

At the Fair you can view, handle and buy books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and original art work spanning the centuries, many items of museum quality. All items are freely available for inspection before purchase and in contrast to the e-book or downloaded text, here you may hold a remarkable piece of history in your hand.

  • London International Antiquarian Book Fair
  • Olympia National
  • Hammersmith Road
  • London
  • W14 8UX
  • UK




‘This bewitching poison’: alcohol and the
Royal College of Physicians

Until 27 June 2014 Detail from early 19th century print

Detail from The Buff Club at the Pig and Whistle, Avon Street, Bath
by Robert Cruikshank 1825

This exhibition explores 300 years of drinking history and debate through the work of artists, doctors, satirists and activists. From the ‘Gin Craze’ in the 1700s to minimum unit pricing in 2013, the exhibition reveals stories of drinking: consumption and regulation, excess and temperance, celebration and destitution, disease and cure.

Artists’ responses to alcohol form a major theme of the exhibition and include works by 19th century illustrator Gustav Doré, satirists from George Cruikshank to MATT, contemporary painter and printmaker Paula Rego.

Volumes from the Royal College of Physicians rare book collections detail medical treatments throughout history that used alcohol as their main ingredient. A 1660s recipe book lists ‘An excellent drink against the plague’ of herbs, wine and distilled spirit.

This fascinating exhibition will feature objects and images from lenders including Museum of London, the Wellcome Library and the Cartoon Museum to chart trends in everyday drinking of wine, beer and spirits and the ways in which government and the medical profession have responded through the centuries - with implications for us all today.

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • 11 St Andrews Place
  • Regent's Park
  • London NW1 4LE
  • UK




London Map Fair 2014

7 & 8 June 2014 · Admission Free

The largest Antique Map Fair in Europe, established 1980, brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world.

Image map puzzles
This item offered for sale by: Hanno Schreyer. "Atlas", puzzle with 8 maps:
World, Europe, Africa, Asia, North, central and South America, Oceania and France. Paris , Delamarche editeur, mid 19th century.

A very large selection of Original Antique Maps will be available for sale, ranging in age from the 15th C. to the 20th C., covering all parts of the world and priced to suit all pockets: from £10 to £100,000.

  • Royal Geographical Society
  • 1 Kensington Gore
  • London SW7
  • UK



Spreading the Word: A Selection of Missionary Posters, Games, and Ephemera from the Day Missions Collection

Until May 2014

This new exhibit focuses on visual materials used by missionaries to convey the Gospel message, and materials used to encourage the home public to understand and support the missionary enterprise.

Teaching the alphabet

During the height of the missionary movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tens of thousands of missionaries went abroad, seeking to spread their Christian beliefs and bringing with them their devotion to Western civilisation. This exhibition focuses on two aspects of "Spreading the Word".

  • Divinity Library
  • Yale University Library
  • 409 Prospect Street
  • New Haven, CT 06511
  • USA
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Spring South of England Postcard Fair

9 - 10 May 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



Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists' Scrapbooks

Until 11 May 2014

The scrapbook has long been used as a storehouse for memories — to preserve a lock of hair, a sentimental piece of correspondence, a magazine clipping, or a beloved snapshot. Finding a historical precedent in the 17th-century commonplace book, in which bits of scripture might be jotted down alongside literary quotations and recipes, the scrapbook evolved into a highly crafted visual record, a diary not just of thoughts, but also of things.

Image of William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, Untitled (scrapbook 3)
William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin, Untitled (scrapbook 3)

Artists began to engage with the scrapbook in earnest in the postwar period, using the page as variously as the canvas, albeit on a smaller scale. As the title 'Paperwork' suggests, this display explores how contemporary artists have used the scrapbook to forge an intimate artistic identity, in opposition to the bureaucratic, administrative papers that provide official identification.

  • Fox Reading Room
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • The Mall
  • London SW1Y 5AH
  • United Kingdom


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