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London Rare Book Fair announces 2019 dates and new partners

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s (ABA) annual flagship event Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair returns for its 62nd year and will be held from 7th-9th June in Battersea Park. It is one of the world’s largest independent marketplaces for rare and out-of-print books. More than 150 exhibitors from around the world will showcase rare, unique and unusual works including signed first editions, maps, museum-quality manuscripts, art and ephemera. Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair at...

New Rules to Redefine ‘Treasure’ could Help UK Museums

In an effort to give museums a better chance of acquiring historic items before they disappear into private hands, the government has announced plans to expand the definition of ‘treasure’. At present, those who find items at least 300 years old made substantially of gold and silver, or which are found with artefacts of precious metals, have a legal obligation to report to a coroner within 14 days. If the object is deemed to be...

The Dior Collection photography exhibition showcases legendary fashion design at Proud Galleries

Proud Galleries is presenting a fashion photography exhibition showcasing the legendary designs of Christian Dior and their enduring impact on the fashion world. Renowned for revitalising both haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion in the 20th Century, the legacy of the House of Dior continues to inspire modern style. Documenting this remarkable brand throughout its first two decades, the exhibition displays the iconic works of photographers Mark Shaw, Norman Parkinson, Jerry Schatzberg, Bert Stern and Horst...

Bookseller Peter Harrington celebrates 50th anniversary with catalogue of 50 notable rare books

Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – in 1969 Peter Harrington, the founder of the business, issued the first catalogue from a stall at Chelsea Antiques Market on Kings Road. This year the business which carries his name launched its 150th catalogue on January 22nd. This special anniversary catalogue offers fifty notable books and manuscripts, from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Pom Harrington, Peter’s son and owner...
Queen Victoria’s Travelling Bed to Feature in Upcoming Exhibition

Life & CultureQueen Victoria’s Travelling Bed to Feature in Upcoming Exhibition

More than a century after it left the royal household, five years after Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, a travelling mahogany bed used by the monarch has been acquired by Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). The relic is set to feature at a May exhibition marking the bicentenary of the Queen’s birth.  Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, from Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, described the collapsible single bed as a ‘heavy and sturdy’ item. Made...
Giant bronze sculpture brings controversial message to the Theatre Royal Plymouth

Life & CultureGiant bronze sculpture brings controversial message to the Theatre Royal Plymouth

Plans have been announced to install the UK’s largest bronze sculpture outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Messenger, by Newcastle artist Joseph Hillier, will be seven metres (23 feet) high, nine metres (30 feet) wide, and will weigh 9.5 tonnes. The largest lost-wax cast bronze sculpture ever made in the UK, it depicts an actress playing the part of Olivia in a Theatre Royal production of Shakespeare’s Othello. The sculpture will be assembled from 200 individually...
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