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  • Ephemera Society Fairs 2015

  • Sundays · 18 January · 15 March · 19 July · 20 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

  • Ephemera Society Special Fairs 2015

  • Sundays · 24 May · 6 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





120 Years of Tower Bridge 1894-2014

Until 5 January 2015

Image of Prince of WalesTower Bridge was officially opened on 30 June 1894 by The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), on behalf of Queen Victoria.

As part of the 120th anniversary celebrations of the opening of Tower Bridge, Guildhall Art Gallery presents an exhibition exploring the Bridge as an enduring source of artistic inspiration for painters, draughtsman, printmakers and photographers, showcasing rare and captivating images of the icon from every decade of its history.

  • Guildhall Art Gallery
  • Guildhall Yard (off Gresham Street)
  • London EC2V 5AE
  • UK



Chicago, Europe, and the Great War

Until 3 January 2015Image of  poster

In commemoration of the start of World War One in the summer of 1914, this centennial exhibition draws on The Newberry’s collection to tell the story of Chicago’s many and varied connections to the conflict.

Chicagoans reported and commented on the war, fought in it, supported it, and protested against it. Letters and photographs by servicemen; dispatches and drawings by reporters who covered the war for Chicago newspapers; writings from opponents of the war; photographs and letters documenting medical relief at the front; and posters and sheet music that encouraged food conservation, fundraising, and wartime patriotism—these are just some of the items attesting to both the sheer scale of the “Great War” and Chicago’s place within it.

The Newberry is a world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, offering readers an extensive noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries.

"Joan of Arc Saved France" poster © Newberry Library

  • The Newberry
  • Hermon Dunlap Smith Gallery
  • 60 West Walton Street
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • Chicago, IL 60610
  • USA




Witches and wicked bodies

Until 11 January 2015 Image of demnology

This exhibition will examine the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. It will feature prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Goya, Delacroix, Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside classical Greek vessels and Renaissance maiolica.

Efforts to understand and interpret seemingly malevolent deeds – as well apportion blame for them and elicit confessions through hideous acts of torture – have had a place in society since classical antiquity and Biblical times. Men, women and children have all been accused of sorcery. The magus, or wise practitioner of ‘natural magic’ or occult ‘sciences’, has traditionally been male, but the majority of those accused and punished for witchcraft, especially since the Reformation, have been women. They are shown as monstrous hags with devil-worshipping followers. They represent an inversion of a well-ordered society and the natural world.

  • British Museum
  • Room 90
  • Great Russell Street
  • London WC1B 3DG
  • United Kingdom



Paper Persuaders: First World War posters

Until 18 January 2015 Image of poster

When the First World War broke out the British Army numbered 45,000, with another 250,000 part time soldiers. The Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener, quickly realised the need to recruit and expand the army. The government set up the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee in August 1914 and began the campaign to increase recruits to fight for their country.

Over the five years of the war, over 100 poster designs were commissioned to encourage and persuade people to do their bit. This exhibition shows a selection of them.

First World War poster © Maurice Collins collection

  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
  • Exeter
  • Devon EX4 3RX
  • UK



Bruce Bairnsfather:
Man Who Made the World Laugh

Until 15 March 2015

Portrait of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather An exhibition exploring the life and work of the great British cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather.

Cover of The Bystander's Fragments from France magazineBairnsfather became world-famous during the First World War as creator of 'Old Bill', a walrus moustached old soldier who appeared in many of his cartoons depicting life on the frontline.

Published weekly in The Bystander magazine, his cartoons caught the imagination of the soldiers at war, and their families back home.

Bairnsfather became a household name and published volumes of his cartoons sold over a million copies. The soldier-artist's immense popularity led to his cartoons being reproduced on a wide range of merchandise, and Old Bill and his creator even became stars of stage and screen.

  • PACCAR Room
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Waterside
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Warwickshire CV37 6BB
  • United Kingdom



Goodbye Piccadilly: From Home Front
to Western Front

Until 8 March 2015Poster

This major exhibition reveals the untold story of London’s Home Front during the First World War; how drivers took their buses to the Front to support the war effort, how women advanced into the transport workforce for the first time and how Londoners came under deadly attack from the air as total war came to the Capital.

Highlights for the ephemerist include First World War recruitment posters, rarely seen propaganda posters specially designed to be displayed in army billets overseas as a reminder of home.

  • London Transport Museum
  • Covent Garden Piazza
  • London WC2E 7BB
  • UK


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