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Ephemera Society Winter Fair


COVID-19: owing to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions imposed on gatherings the Winter Fair has been cancelled

2020 Winter fair is cancelled

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September Themed Online Book Fair

Tuesday 29 September 2020, 12:00

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Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association are proud to introduce their first Themed Online Book Fair offering maps, prints, manuscripts and ephemera all available to view.


“Our weapon is public opinion” Posters of the women’s suffrage movement

Library, University of Cambridge, UK

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Display for the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act – the parliamentary act that finally gave some women the vote.


The Art of Advertising

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, UK

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The Art of Advertising tells the story of British advertising from the mid 18th century to the 1930s through an incredible collection of handbills, trade cards, novelties, posters and much more.

Drawing on the Bodleian’s renowned John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, one of the largest and most important collections of printed ephemera in the world, the exhibition will reveal how advertisements reflect social attitudes over time while showcasing some of the finest examples of advertising illustration and commercial art.


Art Deco By The Sea

A 15 minute BBC tour of “Art Deco By The Sea” exhibition is on iPlayer

Exhibition poster

This beautiful and exciting show will include around 120 works including paintings, posters, brochures, drawings, photographs, fashion, furniture, ceramics, glass and textiles, drawn from both public and private collections across the UK.

Image: detail from poster by Septimus Edwin Scott, ‘New Brighton and Wallasey’, 1923–1947, London Midland and Scottish Railway company. Courtesy National Railway Museum, York

  • Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
  • University of East Anglia
  • Norwich
  • Norfolk NR4 7TJ
  • UK


Wartime London

London Transport Museum

Highlights from the collection

Churchill portrait

The Underground Group, and later London Transport, produced a wide variety of public information posters during the First (1914-18) and Second (1939-45) World Wars.

The majority of wartime posters advised staff and passengers on emergency rules and regulations. Others were more overtly patriotic, often focussing on the valuable war work undertaken by transport employees.

Some WWI Underground posters urged onlookers to enlist with the armed forces. During WWII, posters were used to explain tube 'etiquette' to war workers and servicemen using the underground for the first time.


Railway posters, notices and handbills

Science Museum Group

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Detail from handbill

Encounter railway advertising and promotional material in the form of illustrated posters, printed notices and handbills. These works, including many by well-known artists, offer a fascinating record of railway style and graphic design.

Image: Detail from Thomas Cook & Son handbill 22 July 1873