Ephemera Events, News & Exhibitions
The Ephemera Society Winter FairSunday 4 December 2022
A window into the past for both the curious and the collector — find rare, unusual and historic paper items, priced from £2 to over £2000. A huge range of ephemera will be on display. The fair will be on for one day only so make a note in your diary now!
Executions: explore 700 years of public punishment in LondonUntil 16 April 2023
Public executions were a major part of Londoners’ lives for centuries. The Museum of London Docklands is bringing the stories of those who died and those who witnessed executions to a major new exhibition.
Executions will showcase a range of fascinating objects, paintings and projections, including the vest said to have been worn by King Charles I when he was executed, a recreation of the Tyburn gallows with an immersive projection, last letters of the condemned, and much more.
Many of the items going on display have rarely been seen in public. Discover how over nearly 700 years, public executions came to shape the city we know today.
To Be Read at Dusk: Dickens, Ghosts and the SupernaturalUntil 5 March 2023
Spirits, phantoms and spectres, Dickens’s stories are full of ghostly apparitions. For over 30 years Dickens wrote, told and performed tales about the supernatural. To Be Read at Dusk examines Dickens’s interest in the paranormal, his ‘hankering after ghosts’, and how he became a master ghost story teller publishing over 20 spooky tales.
The display will showcase that Dickens not only wrote ghost stories but also performed them to friends, family and the paying public, as shown through original tickets and playbills. His ghostly tales, particularly those centred on Christmas, were a key part of Dickens’s public reading repertoire.
Dickens’s interest in supernatural and performance also spread into mesmerism and magic tricks. The display will explore Dickens’s own views on the supernatural, emphasising that he was a fascinated sceptic, as shown by correspondence asking about the location of a supposedly haunted house, which will be on display in the museum for the first time.
A Show of Hands: Handwriting in the Age of PrintUntil 30 December 2022
For centuries, handwriting served as a powerful tool for communicating information, preserving knowledge, shaping identity, and building empires. In our digital world, however, fewer and fewer people can read handwritten words.
Handwriting has survived disruptive technologies before. The invention of printing did not diminish the need for handwriting. Instead, it created new markets for ambitious printers and entrepreneurial writing teachers. These men and women used advances in print technologies to widen the influence of handwriting in everyday life.
A Show of Hands focuses on people, cultures, and technology to illustrate how handwriting has been taught, reproduced, and reimagined over the past five hundred years. Displaying a range of books and manuscripts from the Newberry’s collection, the exhibition makes the role of handwriting in the age of print newly legible.
Aide-mémoire: Shopping Lists
Until 31 March 2023
This new display shows a collection of over 200 shopping lists. It is an intimate look at our consumer habits in the 21st century. Each list gives a personal insight into trends and tastes, the continuing popularity of old favourites, the mundane and the downright bizarre.
From the spelling and handwriting to the paper they are written on and the order they are written in, the lists expose people's choices, their habits, their celebrations, and the things they find important.
They show a snapshot of everyday domesticity in 21st century England and share a glimpse into a person’s life through the items we buy and the little notes we leave to ourselves.
A taste of one's own medicine: Medical satire at the Royal College of PhysiciansUntil 2 December 2022
The enduring appeal of satirical images encompassed the wealthy and poor alike. Reproduced in their tens, hundreds or even thousands, prints could be bought by the wealthy from printmakers, viewed in shop windows and later newspapers, and put up in public places such as barber shops, billiard rooms and brothels.
Like many public figures, medical professionals such as doctors, apothecaries and surgeons were targeted by satirists and caricaturists. These artists used public opinion and personal agendas to ridicule, reprimand and malign their subjects and the work they were involved in.
The Royal College of Physicians cares for a unique collection of medical satire prints from the mid-18th century to the 1980s, selected and given by doctors and members over its 500-year history.
Like all satire, these prints are closely tied to a particular time and place. They responded to contemporary events and were consumed by audiences who understood the circumstances of their creation.
Curious Creatures: Victorian attitudes to animalsUntil 31 December 2022
An exhibition that explores the many ways in which the Victorians interacted with and sometimes exploited animals. Focussing on the period 1810-1914, the exhibition looks at ethical issues about our relationship with nature that are still relevant today.
Objects on display in Curious Creatures will include taxidermy animals and items made from animal skin or bone.
Get ready to meet a gallery of pet lovers, lion tamers, pigeon fanciers, colonial hunters, offal eaters, feather-hat wearers and more.
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