The Ephemera Society News
Shops and Shopping in the Archives: a nation of recordkeepers?
Thursday 30 November 2017
The British Records Association Annual Conference this year is on the theme Shops and Shopping in the Archives: a nation of recordkeepers? and papers will cover research which has used archives for a variety of subjects around retailing, customers and consumerism.
Speakers include Alan Crosby, Phil Lyon, Peter Scott, Jon Stobart, Shelley Tickell and Laura Ugolini, who will cover different aspects of shoppers and shopping from the eighteenth century up to the present day.
There will also be panel discussions of archivists and historians on the preservation and loss of records of high street shops major department stores and chain stores such as Woolworths.
Image: From Fortnum & Mason Christmas catalogue 1935
Cambridge University Library: Broadside Day 2018
24 February 2018
The Broadside Day is the annual one-day conference for people interested in Street Literature in all its fascinating aspects - broadsides, chapbooks, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune-tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in city streets, at country fairs, and from pedlar's packs up and down the country in past centuries. The Day consists of short papers, presentations, displays, discussions, and is suitable for beginners and experts alike, who will all enjoy its lively and informal atmosphere.
Street literature, in the form of broadside ballads, was first produced in the early 16th century, and was at first concentrated in London, but later spread to every part of the British Isles and lasted into the 20th century. But its glorious heyday was in Victorian times when tens of thousands of items were produced every year by jobbing printers everywhere.
The material was often very badly printed, on the cheapest quality of paper, and might be genuine news or a complete fiction, but for most of this time it was one of the only forms of reading matter readily available to the poor, and is therefore tremendously interesting to a wide range of modern-day researchers and enthusiasts.
This year’s Broadside Day will be hosted by the Rare Books Department of Cambridge University, which is home to the biggest single collection of 18th and 19th century broadsides in Britain, comprising over 30,000 ballads compiled by Sir Frederic Madden, Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts at the British Museum.
Chetham's Library, Manchester: Collecting Political Ephemera
Thursday 22 February 2018
As part of the ACE funded digitisation project “The Ballad of Chetham's Library” a day will be dedicated to reflect on the subject of Collecting Political Ephemera. Twenty minute maximum proposals are welcome from students and researchers in the fields of libraries, archives and museum studies, modern history and modern politics, amongst others, on any topic related to the main theme of this one-day workshop.
Possible topics include:
Biased collections or collecting with an agenda: How much of a true representation of events can this material offer when it has been gathered by an individual according to their own political allegiances? OurThe keynote speaker for this event, Dr Robert Poole from UCLAN university, will talk about William Robert Hay and his intentions when collecting Peterloo related material, given that he was one of the ten magistrates on duty at St Peter's Field on 16th August, 1819.
The Practicalities of Collecting Political Ephemera: From storing the sheer volume of political propaganda produced these days, to issues of display, conservation, online access and promotion, how are collecting institutions dealing with these challenges in their everyday practice?
Political ephemera nowadays: Has the printed word got the same effect as in the past? Are digital platforms and social media strategies taken over? Why are traditional methods still being used? What challenges does this born-digital material present for collecting institutions? How relevant digitisation projects like “The Ballad of Chetham's Library” are to promote this kind of material?
- Chetham's Library
- Long Millgate
- Manchester M3 1SB
- More details
Spring Stampex 2018 will include ephemera exhibits
14 - 17 February 2018
The Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS) Exhibitions and International Committee announces that it is inviting exhibits of ephemera to be entered at Spring Stampex.
'Ephemera' covers a vast range of printed and written items designed for a specific purpose - from beer mats to greetings cards and from pamphlets to train tickets. It provides fascinating insights into cultural trends over the centuries and generates much interest among collectors.
Building on their experience with Cinderella and postcard exhibits collectors of ephemera now have an opportunity to display their material. Exhibitors of ephemera can enter competitively so that their exhibits will be judged according to the competition rules, or they can enter non-competitively.
ABPS is taking this initiative in association with the Ephemera Society and are looking forward to welcoming exhibitors of ephemera to Stampex in February.
- Spring Stampex
- Business Design Centre
- 52 Upper Street
- London N1 0QH
For further information and an application form: The ABPS website