Itinerary for Guided Tour Along English Paper
Reserve your spot for a spectacular mid-June visit
to England and private, insider tours of some of the worlds
foremost ephemera collections at Oxfords Bodleian Library,
the Centre for Ephemera Studies at Reading University, Guildhalls
London-themed ephemera, and City of London Museum. You can bookend
this trip with weekends at The Ephemera Society (U.K.) Ephemera
Fair, right in our host hotel, and book fairs.
England Trip Itinerary
June 9-12: Antiquarian
Book Fair at Olympia www.olympiabookfair.com
June 10-11: PBFA
International Fair/2 at The Novotel London West www.pbfa.org
June 13: Day
to explore on your own. An informal, optional dinner at the legendary
Bleeding Heart restaurant www.bleedingheart.co.uk/restaurant/index.html
June 14: Full
day at Oxfords Bodleian Library. Host Julie Anne Lambert,
Librarian of the John Johnson Collection. The John Johnson Collection
is one of the largest and most important ephemera collections in
the world. It was formed at the Oxford University Press as a hobby
by the Printer, John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956) and was transferred
to the Bodleian Library in 1968. There are c. 1 million items in
the collection, divided into 680 subject headings. The main categories
are: Advertisements; Artists; Authors; Booktrade; Education; Entertainment;
Political, Religious, Social and Economic History; Private Presses;
Travel and Transport and ephemera kept by its form (Bookmarkers,
Greetings cards, etc.) Johnson collected retrospectively. The strengths
of the collection are in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries,
but there is also earlier material, dating back to 1508. The Johnson
Web site, which has information, catalogue with thousands of images,
separate projects also with images and the Nation of Shopkeepers
exhibition online is: www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/johnson/
It will not be possible for members to browse the
boxes in the collection, but you may pre-order specific boxes to
the adjacent Reading Room as long as this is done by the week before
the visit. Those members will need to get readers tickets as soon
as they arrive in Oxford and schedule their visit to allow them
time to use the reading room. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
information about the collection and advance ordering or telephone
00 44 1865 277047. Ms. Lambert advises those who want to consult
specific material in the John Johnson Collection may need to skip
the Library tour (or lunch!) depending on time of departure.
10 a.m. Those who have pre-ordered material
as readers go to Admissions and get their tickets. They will need
to have a form completed by a recommender + ID and a small fee.
Others at leisure: coffee/Sheldonian/general tourism/bookshops.
11 a.m. ESA Tour will be divided into two
groups, maximum 12 in each group, list of names required. Group
1 will meet in the foyer of the New Library for John Johnson tour.
Group 2 will tour Library.
12:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
2:30 p.m. Group 1 to Library; Group 2 to Johnson
June 15: Centre for Ephemera
Studies, University of Reading. Host Michael Twyman, Retired Professor
of Typography and Graphic Communication at Reading. He has authored
many books and completed Maurice Rickards Encyclopedia of
Ephemera after Rickards death in 1998.
Collections at the Centre include many areas of interest. Determine
which collections youd most like to see: Maurice Rickards
Collection (miscellaneous items from 18th to 20th century); John
Lewis Collection (misc. 18th to 20th century); John Soulby Collection
(surviving jobbing printing of a north-country printer, 1819-1826);
The Kitchin Collection (surviving work of a north-country printer,
late 19th century); The Ellic Howe Collection (a small but choice
collection of late 18th-century and early 19th-century ephemera
relating to the French book trade); The Great Exhibition Collection
of 1851 (of most interest, a complete collection of the trade catalogues
of those who exhibited); The Huntley & Palmers Collection (complete
archives from around 1860 to the mid 20th century, packaging, catalogues,
labels, tins, etc); and The De la Rue Collection (misc. items, mostly
of interest for original artwork by Owen Jones, for labels of Huntley
& Palmers, calendars, etc).
You may link to the Centres web site through the Societys:
June 16: Free day to explore
London on your own.
June 17: Morning at the Museum
of the City of London. Host Valerie Jackson Harris. Her late husband,
Peter Jackson, was Londons official ephemerist, and she has
long been a mainstay of The (UK) Ephemera Society, as well as a
dealer at ESA shows.
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Guildhall Library Print Room. Host John
Fisher, Head of Prints, Maps and Drawings.
Guildhall will display special ephemera from its collections: trade
cards, invoices, billheads, watchpapers, funeral tickets, picture
postcards, Guildhall banquet menus and invites, theatre bills and
programs, advertisements for freak shows and circuses, valentine
cards, Mulready envelopes, bookplates, stationers' labels, souvenir
paper napkins, etc. all with a London connection of course!
Also, High Tea will be served. To view 20,000 Guildhall images,
visit www.collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk or www.guildhall-art-gallery.org.uk
June 18: Valerie Jackson Harris
will offer suggestions on how best to enjoy the Saturday Antiques
Market on Portabello Rd. Our tour company, Valerie, and Nancy Rosin
are preparing tailored suggestions for other places of interest
to ephemerists for your free days even restaurants with particular
relevance to the ephemera and book worlds.
June 19: Ephemera Fair at the
Russell Hotel from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The major ephemera fair of
the year occurs in our host hotel, the Russell. We will be granted
early admission to the fair along with The Ephemera Society (UK)
members. Public entry is at 11 a.m.. Be sure to have your ESA membership
card with you.
Our hotel will be the Russell Hotel on Russell Square near
the British Museum and across from Russell Square Park
Our very special rate includes continental breakfast and
the 17.5% VAT: $221* (£117.5) per night twin bedded
or double Monday through Thursday; $194 (£103) Friday
through Sunday. Single room rates per night are $170 (£90)
and $132 (£70) respectively. These rates are effective
June 8 - 22.
*Conversions from Great Britain Pounds accurate as of February
Reserve Your Space
A $280 payment will ensure your spot on
the English Paper Trails Tour, provided the 20-person minimum is
met. In addition to guaranteeing your reservation, it pays all tour
fees listed in the next paragraph. Airfare, airport transfers, hotel,
and meals not listed are the travelers responsibility.
The $280 pp tour fee includes entrance fees to institutions, a lunch
in Reading, a "high tea" at the Guildhall, and our own
private bus to Oxford on Tuesday, Reading on Wednesday, and around
London on Friday. London stops include the Museum in the morning,
lunch on your own, and Guildhall in the afternoon.
To reserve, send $280 by April 1 to Ephemera Society Tour, PO Box
95, Cazenovia, NY 13035. Payment is nonrefundable after April 15.
Contact Ron Stegall at 207-348-6839 or email@example.com