Ephemera is a term for printed material with a limited life span which is produced for specific events, issues, products or services eg. programmes, brochures, flyers.
Macmillan Brown Library has 3 large separate collections of ephemera:
- Theatre and concert programmes - from musical and dramatic shows performed in Christchurch and Canterbury. These programmes date from 1897 onward. This is a very large and extensive collection.
- Art files - art exhibition invitations or programmes. These files are organised under individual artist or gallery names. The art files are listed on our catalogue.
- General ephemera - this covers a wide range of material including political flyers, sports programmes, festival programmes, travel brochures, church services and much more from the 1920s onward.
To see items from the Ephemera Collection, or to donate material please contact Caroline Syddall on 364 2987 ext. 8176 or ask at the Macmillan Brown Library desk.