International Exlibris Congress 2020

The Bookplate Society is pleased to host the 2020 FISAE congress at Cambridge.

Nearer the time of the congress, this web page will be expanded to give fuller information to participants. In the meantime please look at the other webpages, then go to the registration page and complete your online booking form. Early booking is needed so we can reserve the college. Register by 31 December 2016 to get a 10% reduction in your participation fee.


Regarding the logos shown on this and other pages, let us explain that our plan is to base this congress at Churchill College, where Sir Winston Churchill's archive is held, so the first logo (see above left) incorporates his hat and cigar. The rising cigar smoke turns into water underneath windows recalling the St John's College bridge. The zero of 2020 is formed of Churchill's hat, but also from the basic elements of another hat, a straw boater worn by a punter. The second logo, designed by Gordon Collett and entitled 'River Cam 2020' shows a punt with swans which cleverly form 2020 with their necks and wings.


What happens at an exlibris congress? Who attends the event? Click on this image to view a report on the 35th Exlibris Congress held at Tarragona, Spain in 2014. There are lots of photos of the collectors and artists who attended, of the exhibition and the judges busy selecting which entries were worthy of awards, of the meetings, of newspaper coverage, and of Tarragona. FISAE delegates raised concerns about Russian controls on the free movement of exlibris and asked for a Code of Good Practice and General Conditions for the commissioning of exlibris to be discussed further at their 2016 meeting.


The 36th Exlibris Congress took place at Vologda, north of Moscow, in August 2016, with over 80 participants from China. We do not yet have images to show you, but here are the
Minutes of the FISAE Delegates Meeting.





In late summer 2018, centenary year of its birth, the Czech Exlibris Society (Spolek Sberatelu a Pratel Exlibris - SSPE) will be holding the 37th International Exlibris Congress in Prague, based at the Hotel Pyramida close to the historic city centre of Prague.
The new President of FISAE leading this congress is Karel Urban .
A precursor to this event will be a meeting at Chrudim in 2017.
When the 2018 congress webpage goes live, a link will be added here.
In the meantime please see the preliminary programme.
This congress runs from Tuesday 28 August to Saturday 1 September 2018.
Prague is a wonderful city to visit. Watch a 25-minute video preview of its attractions.



For 2020, here is an informative video in 3 parts. The lady is rather serious, and her clothes are not modern, but just ignore this and enjoy her interesting tour of the sights of Cambridge.
If English is not your first language, it is still worth watching the pictures.
Click on each image below to see the 3 separate parts. These run for 9, 13 and 6 minutes.
Enable sound, then position your cursor at the bottom of the video to adjust sound if needed and open the video to full screen.
YouTube has many more videos of Cambridge, but of variable quality.



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