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Mary Evans Picture Library – Found in space!

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The staff at Mary Evans Picture Library is accustomed to seeing the archive’s images used in some unusual places but they have never had a picture appear in outer space – until now.

On his recent mission with the European Space Agency, astronaut Major Tim Peake was photographed signing some of the Isle of Man Stamps & Coins for the Royal Aeronautical Society 150th anniversary stamp issue covers aboard the International Space Station. Mary Evans Picture Library supplied the images from the Royal Aeronautical Society’s collection (which it represents exclusively) for the stamp issue and related philatelic products, and here they are, orbiting the Earth.

“We know our collection is unique,” says Tom Gillmor, Head of Content at Mary Evans Picture Library, “but this latest development makes it truly out of this world.”

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Mary Evans Picture Library Participates in Open House London

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Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading source for historical images, will be taking part in London’s Open House event on Saturday 17 September 2016, opening the doors of its Arts and Crafts-style building in Blackheath to visitors.

Now in its 25th year, the Open House London event is the capital’s largest architectural showcase, opening up unusual, remarkable or historic buildings for one weekend only and allowing members of the public a chance to explore and learn more about the city’s rich heritage.  Read the entire article here.

Mary Evans Picture Library opens its doors for Open House London

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Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading source for historical images, will be taking part in London’s Open House event on Saturday 17 September 2016, opening the doors of its Arts and Crafts-style building in Blackheath to visitors.

Now in its 25th year, the Open House London event is the capital’s largest architectural showcase, opening up unusual, remarkable or historic buildings for one weekend only and allowing members of the public a chance to explore and learn more about the city’s rich heritage. The event’s aim is to promote public awareness and appreciation of London’s building design and architecture, helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture.

Mary Evans Picture Library is located in the former parish hall of All Saints’ Church, which was built in 1928 after houses and shops on the site were destroyed by a First World War Zeppelin raid. Designed by architect Charles Canning Winmill, who met and was heavily influenced by Philip Webb, the architect of William Morris’ Red House in Bexleyheath, the building bears many hallmarks of the Arts and Crafts movement from its round windows to its decorative facade. It has been the home of the library since 1989.

Mary Evans caption writer, Gill Stoker, has been researching the building’s past in preparation for Open House and discovered it was opened by Princess Marie Louise, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, in November 1928. Over the years it has had many uses ranging from child welfare clinics and dance classes to fetes and youth clubs. During the Second World War, it was requisitioned as a British Restaurant, one of a network of canteens set up by the Ministry of Food, intended to provide nutritious, non-profit meals to bomb victims and war workers.

Jessica Talmage, Deputy Picture Research Manager, who has organized the library’s participation in the event, said: “The style of the building and our sign above the door are intriguing to passers-by and each week people ring the doorbell of the library, asking if they can look around. As a working business, we are unfortunately not in a position to regularly give tours but Open House will provide us with the ideal excuse to show off the hall as well as its unique contents. The building is very much part of the Mary Evans identity, and the ideal setting for our historical archive. Not only do we get to work with a fantastic collection, but it’s a privilege to spend every day in such a characterful building. We are looking forward to sharing it with others.”

Mary Evans Picture Library will be participating in Open House London on Saturday 17 September 2016 from 10am to 5pm. Guided tours will take place every half hour. Last tour at 4:30pm. No need to book, just turn up!

To find out more about Open House visit http://listings.openhouselondon.org.uk.

MARY EVAN LIBRARY’S PHOTO ON COMMEMORATIVE STAMP

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Mary Evans Picture Library is delighted that an image of the Thiepval Memorial in the Somme area of France by their photographer Mike St. Maur Sheil has been chosen by the Royal Mail to be included in the latest of their commemorative series of stamps entitled “The Great War 1916”. Mike’s image of the Memorial was taken from the site of Brock’s Benefit Trench east of Mesnil . The Memorial to the Missing was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) and is the largest war memorial to the British who died in the Great War, standing  almost 50m high.

This is very timely as Mike St. Maur Sheil’s exhibition “Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace – Somme 100” is currently on display outside the Guildhall in London and he has just released a stunning new book of the same title, showcasing the images from the exhibition and many more, and which is available here.

Mary Evans Picture Library launches new blog, The Inquisitive Archivist

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Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading source for historical images, is to launch a new blog, The Inquisitive Archivist. Following on from the success of their First World War blog, Picturing the Great War, which launched in 2013, the new blog will feature stories inspired by the library’s vast holdings, as well as updates on recently added content, guest blogs from contributors, spotlights on artists or photographers plus reports on developments at the library.

‘Our First World War blog has generated a lot of interest over the past two years,’ says Luci Gosling, Sales Manager at Mary Evans, ‘and we wanted to introduce a general blog which would allow us to write more extensively about themes from all periods of history, as well as little-known aspects of the library and its collection. We are one of the few image sources remaining who hold original material on-site and this unique position allows us to trawl the archives and come up with stories that we hope will engage and inspire our clients. It may sound clichéd but the library is a perennial source of fascination to those of us who work here with always something new to discover. This blog gives us an opportunity to share our finds with others, and the name, ‘The Inquisitive Archivist’ seemed the perfect title to sum up this appetite for discovery within the archive.’

The Inquisitive Archivist completes a trio of Mary Evans blogs alongside Picturing the Great War and Pictures & Poems. Posts so far have looked at themes as diverse as infamous cabaret stars, the Dolly Sisters, ghost-hunter Harry Price, an interview with gadget-collector Maurice Collins and a peek at the library’s incredible set of Black Beauty editions, collected by founder Mary. A special blog post to coincide with Valentine’s Day week-end, suggested a top ten of handsome chaps from history while the latest feature looks at the history of colouring books and includes a somewhat alternative downloadable colouring book for adults.

Visit www.maryevans.com/blogs and get your crayons at the ready.

For further information, please contact:

Luci Gosling

Mary Evans Picture Library

59 Tranquil Vale

London SE3 0BS, UK

T: +44 (0)20 8318 0034

F: +44 (0)20 8852 7211

luci.gosling@maryevans.com

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Mary Evans Picture Library One Millioneth Image

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Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading source for historical images, is delighted to announce that its one millioneth image has just gone online.

Somewhat appropriately it is an image of a “Coming of Age” cake that was displayed at the Bakers’ & Confectioners’ Exhibition which was held at the Agricultural Hall in London in 1913. The image comes from the Grenville Collins Postcard Collection which is exclusively represented by Mary Evans Picture Library. Grenville Collins himself was delighted that one of his images should mark this special moment.

Paul Brown, Managing Director of Mary Evans said “This is a real milestone for our online collection and is testament to the hard work of the staff to get so much content scanned from the original documents in the library. Producing high resolution scans from original material often hundreds of years old is certainly the best way to ensure clients have the best quality digital images for reproduction. Now onto the next million. There is certainly enough material for that and beyond.”

Click this link to view the image: http://www.maryevans.com/lb.php?ref=30861

For further information please contact:

Paul Brown
T: 020 8318 0034
E: paul.brown@maryevans.com
W: www.maryevans.com

Mary Evans Picture Library Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

logo_top     Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading source for historical images, is delighted to announce that 2014 marks its 50th anniversary. It seems appropriate that a picture library so synonymous with history has reached its own landmark half century, and we look forward to spending this year taking pride in the fifty, fabulous years spent supplying the best and widest range of historical images possible to our clients.

The Mary Evans ‘Golden Jubilee’ is also an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of Mary and Hilary Evans, who founded the library in 1964. Without their dedication and commitment to amassing their outstanding collection, the library would not exist today and it is testament to their vision that it remains one of the few remaining independents in the industry, drawing daily on that remarkable archive to fulfill requests from customers around the world.

So, to that end, the picture library is planning some very special events this year, including a series of open house parties actually at the library where guests can celebrate with staff while discovering the inner workings of the library and its fascinating collection. An anniversary book has also been produced which looks back over the past fifty years and includes personal anecdotes and little-known facts revealing a unique business like no other. Produced in a limited number, 50 Years of Mary Evans Picture Library will be exclusively given away at selected times and events through the year – it could even become a collectors’ item of the future!

If you are interested in going to one of the open days, and would like to be kept up to date with the Mary Evans anniversary year timetable, please email paul.brown@maryevans.com with ‘Open Day’ in the subject line. In the meantime, Mary Evans Picture Library would like to thank everyone who has been a part of their own fifty years of history and is already looking ahead to the next half century!