Fan museum

Its small, its something different and in a nice spot. Nestled in the heart of historic Greenwich, The Fan Museum is home to a diverse collection of fans from around the world, dating from the 10th century to the present day.

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The Fan Museum was the first museum dedicated to the fan and opened in 1991. It’s the only museum in the UK devoted to the history of fans and the art of fan making. The museum is small but located within a beautiful two grade II* listed house built in 1721 in the Greenwich World Heritage Site in southeast London, England. Along with the museum, there is an orangery decorated with murals, a Japanese-style garden with a fan-shaped parterre, a pond and a stream.

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The Fan Museum owns over 4,000 fans, fan leaves and related ephemera. The oldest fan in the collection dates from the 10th century and the collection of 18th and 19th century European fans is extensive. The entire collection is not displayed permanently due to conservation concerns, so three times a year the selection of fans on exhibit is changed. There is also a permanent educational display which teaches about fan history, manufacturing processes, and the various forms of fan.

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The museum operates a conservation unit which undertakes specialist work for other museums and also for the public. New fans are also made at the museum, and fan-making classes are held. The Fan Museum also contains a reference library.

I saw the sign for the museum the last time I visited Greenwich. This time I had time to take a look. I had no idea that fans could be used for propaganda, celebrating battles, etc. Along with the permanent collection and an explanation of how fans are made, we saw a temporary exhibition about fans and artefacts celebrating Waterloo. It’s beautifully laid out in an attractive building.

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I would recommend the museum if you are in Greenwich. It won’t take long to get round but it is interesting and quaint.

 

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    1. Ien said:

      Wat een leuk museum! Mooie en ook oude waaiers. Prachtig om te zien, lijkt me.

      June 8, 2015
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