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The Ephemerist Autumn 2017

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The Autumn issue of the society's journal is scheduled to be posted to members in October and contains the following articles:

  • Centre for Ephemera Studies | The A–Z of ephemera
  • John G. Sayers | A Sunlight Soap testimonial
  • Amoret Tanner | Swallow a bee at bedtime: collecting on a shoe string
  • Julie Anne Lambert | Michael Lawrence Turner (1935 – 2017)
  • Carina Broman | Swedish dance programmes
  • Plus regular favourites | Mrs Pepys' Diary and Notes & Queries

Cover image: Details from two advertisements for Jazz Dye Soap, early 1930s.


Chetham's Library, Manchester: Collecting Political Ephemera

Thursday 22 February 2018 · Call For Papers

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?

Deadline for submissions: Friday 3 November 2017. Please email your abstract to susana.sanchez[at] which should be no longer than 250 words.

  • Chetham's Library
  • Long Millgate
  • Manchester M3 1SB
  • UK


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.

Image '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
  • UK

For further information and an application form: The ABPS website


Disseminated and re-circulated: popular culture in script and print

18 November 2017 · 9am - 6pm

ImageLooking at diverse forms of script and print, from bestsellers and children's books to scrapbooks, educational ephemera and civic documents.

This colloquium will examine how print and manuscript cultures enabled and influenced the dissemination, absorption and recirculation of popular culture - broadly defined - with eighteenth century audiences of different ages and conditions. Reflecting popular interpretations, playing to popular taste and addressing every conceivable subject.

  • Lecture Theatre
  • Weston Library
  • Bodleian Library
  • Broad Street
  • Oxford
  • OX1 3BG

This event is free but places are limited so please reserve tickets in advance.
More information and registration details.


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Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2017

16-18 November, Manchester

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals. Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world's leading suppliers and consultants.

This year's event is packed with content - including three fantastic themes on Audiences, Collections and Workforce. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Keynote speakers include Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster, Francesca Martinez, comedian and writer, Jeremy Deller, Turner Prize-winning artist and Jenny Waldman, director, 14-18 NOW.

There are a host of other sessions, practical workshops and training - all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to see The Whitworth Art Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry and network at People's History Museum.

The third day to conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries in Manchester with a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price.

For more information and bookings visit the Museums Association website.


Vive Les Satiristes! French Caricature During the Reign of Louis Philipp, 1830-1848

Oak Knoll Press

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Published to accompany the exhibition Vive Les Satiristes! French Caricature During the Reign of Louis Philipp, 1830-1848, held at the Grolier Club, March 22 through May 27, 2017. Collector's Statement, Introduction, and "The Editor/Publisher and His Artists" by Josephine Lea Iselin, followed by an illustrated checklist of the collection.

A fascinating overview of the Golden Age of social and political satire in 19th-century France, focusing on the role of controversial and wildly popular journals such as La Caricature and Le Charivari, and the great illustrators - Daumier, Grandville, and others - who captured in these pages the foibles of those around them with unmatched humor, skill, and style.

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Ephemera - minor transient documents of every day life