The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum The Fan Museum is the first and only museum in the UK devoted in its entirety to all aspects of the ancient art and craft of the fan
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The museum owes its existence to the vision of Hélène Alexander and her late husband, A.V (Dicky) Alexander. When the museum opened its doors to the public back in 1991, the Alexander’s had already been working on the project for some five years. Hélène, over a prolonged period, had amassed an internationally significant collection of fans, fan leaves and associated literature (now numbering over 4000 objects) and the founding of The Fan Museum reflected her desire to promote, conserve, and display fans to a wide audience. In the intermittent years, the museum has staged over sixty temporary exhibitions covering a diverse range of themes: from “Children in Fans” through to “Imperial Fans from The Hermitage”, visitors to the Greenwich based museum have been treated to exhibitions of great depth and artistic merit.

The Fan Museum’s Curator joins The Arts Society Directory of Lecturers...We are delighted to announce that Jacob Moss ...
08/05/2019
The Arts Society

The Fan Museum’s Curator joins The Arts Society Directory of Lecturers...

We are delighted to announce that Jacob Moss has been successful in his application to become an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS).

Jacob is the only speaker listed within the Directory as offering fan-themed talks and is looking forward to travelling the UK, promoting The Fan Museum and educating TAS audiences on the various aspects of the history of fans and craft of fan making.

Jacob remarked: “At the recent TAS Directory Day at Westminster Central Hall, I joined 120+ speakers, each allotted just two minutes to publicise their subject and lectures to an audience of 700+ TAS programme secretaries. Although the experience was somewhat daunting, I was pleasantly surprised with the volume of interest. Most of the programme secretaries I spoke with had little idea that fans have such a rich and fascinating history.”

Visit The Arts Society website to find out more about their events and education programmes: https://theartssociety.org

Become part of our network of over 90,000 people worldwide - brought together through a shared curiosity for the arts and our artistic heritage. The Arts Society offers enjoyable opportunities to discover and support the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow, wherever you are. Our events provide wel...

Join us on Monday 01 April when Daphne Joynes gives a fascinating talk on her ancestor and former resident of 12 Crooms ...
15/03/2019
”In Celebration!’ – Admiral Sir William Parker of Crooms Hill | The Fan Museum

Join us on Monday 01 April when Daphne Joynes gives a fascinating talk on her ancestor and former resident of 12 Crooms Hill, Admiral Sir William Parker. Visit our website to find out more: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/events/2800

Admiral Parker was one of the best-known of the ‘pre-Nelson’ generation of British naval officers, and was famous for the part he played in the battles of The Glorious First of June in 1794 and Cape St Vincent in 1797. As a young midshipman in the 1760s he was assistant surveyor to the celebrate...

Courtesy of Rhian Cox, a few more images of our new displays which encompass fans from different parts of the World and ...
26/02/2019

Courtesy of Rhian Cox, a few more images of our new displays which encompass fans from different parts of the World and covering a broad range of topics such as vanity, the influence of Classical art and architecture, commerce and cultural interaction. The Fan Museum looks forward to welcoming you soon!

The Fan Circle International's Mary Cooper shares her passion and expertise with readers of the Yorkshire Post...
25/02/2019
Fan specialist Mary Cooper has brought her expertise to Tennants

The Fan Circle International's Mary Cooper shares her passion and expertise with readers of the Yorkshire Post...

They fluttered them flirtatiously, wafted them to keep cool and matched them to the very latest trends and then, after over 200 years of being a super stylish must-have, British women condemned their fans to the fashion graveyard.

We're thrilled to have acquired for our collections a rare fan from maison Paquin, the leaf adorned with a reproduction ...
12/02/2019

We're thrilled to have acquired for our collections a rare fan from maison Paquin, the leaf adorned with a reproduction of an original design by Paul Iribe (1883-1935).

Mme Jeanne Paquin (1869-1936), a canny businesswoman and arbiter of taste, commissioned in 1911 a ltd. edition deluxe portfolio of pochoir prints for her elite couture clients. 'L’Éventail et la Fourrure chez Paquin' features three designs for fans – two by Iribe, one by Georges Barbier (1882-1932). Each design was offered as an exclusive edition of just four.

The Fan Museum is particularly pleased to finally own editions all three fans plus a copy of the original 1911 publication in which the designs feature. #missionaccomplished!

To all our Facebook followers, we'd like to apologise for not posting more often of late but, as many of you will know, ...
01/02/2019

To all our Facebook followers, we'd like to apologise for not posting more often of late but, as many of you will know, our curators have been very busy preparing and installing new gallery displays throughout the Museum.

We are delighted to announce that we're officially open and ready to welcome back visitors. We hope you'll enjoy our new displays, which highlight the rich diversity of the Museum's collections and encompass fans from East and West.

To all our Facebook Friends we extend our very best wishes for the coming year. Our small team of Curatorial staff are b...
09/01/2019

To all our Facebook Friends we extend our very best wishes for the coming year.

Our small team of Curatorial staff are busy preparing new displays throughout the Museum, in time for our imminent reopening on Friday 01 February.

In 2019 the Museum’s upper floor galleries play host to a semi-permanent exhibit, designed to showcase the extraordinary richness and diversity of The Fan Museum’s collections. An exciting Summer exhibition is also in the planning which sees the Museum collaborate with a renowned private gallery based in Paris, France.

Please visit our website to learn more about our forthcoming programme: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions

The Fan Museum's cover photo
04/01/2019

The Fan Museum's cover photo

As we countdown toward the end of another year, we'd like to share just a few of the wonderful fans acquired for our col...
14/12/2018

As we countdown toward the end of another year, we'd like to share just a few of the wonderful fans acquired for our collections in 2018. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated, bequeathed or assisted with purchases.

The Fan Museum’s curator, Jacob Moss has been awarded a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial grant from Art Fund and will soon e...
18/10/2018

The Fan Museum’s curator, Jacob Moss has been awarded a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial grant from Art Fund and will soon embark upon an extended study trip to New York City where he’ll work alongside Conservator Emeritus, Lucy Commoner of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Commoner, who has cared for Cooper Hewitt’s important fan collection since 1976, will deliver targeted training across a range of collections care and conservation activities.

The trip will include a visit to Cooper Hewitt’s state-of-the-art storage facility in New Jersey plus excursions to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of the City of New York where Moss will view collection highlights and meet with colleagues also responsible for the care and conservation of fans.

Moss says of the trip: “I am grateful to Art Fund for their generous support and look forward greatly to working alongside Lucy to learn more about Cooper Hewitt’s approaches toward the care and conservation of their own splendid fan collection. Having reinforced existing professional links and friendships between The Fan Museum and its stateside counterparts, I’m hopeful of returning to the UK with fresh ideas and new knowledge to share with my colleagues.”

Moss departs for New York early November 2018 and will keep The Fan Museum’s social media feeds updated with news of his activities throughout the duration of the trip.

The Fan Museum's cover photo
26/09/2018

The Fan Museum's cover photo

The Fan Museum recently accepted a bequest of fans and fan paintings from the collection of the late Harley Hall Preston...
07/09/2018

The Fan Museum recently accepted a bequest of fans and fan paintings from the collection of the late Harley Hall Preston. Harley was both a connoisseur and collector of Asian craft forms and his thoughtful bequest of Japanese and Chinese fans greatly enhances the Museum's existing collections.

Enjoy this set of images showing just some of the treasures from this generous bequest!

Thank you Louise Allcoat for sharing your amazing and intricate 'fan mosiac' drawings with us today. Your #StreetFan ins...
16/08/2018

Thank you Louise Allcoat for sharing your amazing and intricate 'fan mosiac' drawings with us today. Your #StreetFan inspired piece blew our minds!

Today in London the temperature has finally dropped and it's even RAINING! It's the perfect day for some housekeeping as...
09/08/2018

Today in London the temperature has finally dropped and it's even RAINING! It's the perfect day for some housekeeping as we make a start on cleaning and wrapping our collection of framed fan paintings in preparation for storing in new purpose-built shelving racks.

Last week we made a start on photographing our collection of fan boxes dating from the mid-eighteenth century onward. He...
17/07/2018

Last week we made a start on photographing our collection of fan boxes dating from the mid-eighteenth century onward. Here's just a few examples which demonstrate how styles and formats evolved according to fashion and taste.

Wonderful? Yes! Weird? We'd like to think not! Thank you to the Evening Standard for including The Fan Museum within thi...
11/07/2018
Handel & Hendrix in London

Wonderful? Yes!
Weird? We'd like to think not!
Thank you to the Evening Standard for including The Fan Museum within this illustrious band of lesser-known museums.

We're in London Evening Standard's '12 Weird and Wonderful Museums in London' alongside the likes of Horniman Museum and Gardens, The Fan Museum & Sir John Soane's Museum

Feather fans take centre stage in our latest temporary exhibit, 'A Bird in the Hand.' Running throughout the Summer mont...
28/06/2018

Feather fans take centre stage in our latest temporary exhibit, 'A Bird in the Hand.' Running throughout the Summer months, why not pay us a visit and discover a display of more than 70 extraordinary fans from across the world.

www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions

'In Celebration!' presents 'Capes, Cloaks and Headdresses': an illustrated lecture by Jo Hatton.Join us on Thursday 19 J...
22/06/2018
In Celebration! Capes, Cloaks and Headdresses | The Fan Museum

'In Celebration!' presents 'Capes, Cloaks and Headdresses': an illustrated lecture by Jo Hatton.

Join us on Thursday 19 July when Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum & Gardens will give a fascinating talk on the topic of feather work.

Further details and tickets here: goo.gl/ELa34L

Booking onto our fan making workshops and lectures has never been easier! Hop on over to our Eventbrite page to see what...
30/05/2018
The Fan Museum

Booking onto our fan making workshops and lectures has never been easier! Hop on over to our Eventbrite page to see what's coming up at The Fan Museum. Guest speakers include Dr Joanna Marschner (senior curator, Historic Royal Palaces) and Jo Hatton (Keeper of Natural History at Horniman Museum and Gardens). In view of our current exhibit, 'A Bird in the Hand', both speakers will deliver talks on feather-themed subjects. https://t.co/Ukh7McqtnL

Summer 2018 at The Fan Museum is all about one thing: feathers! Our latest temporary exhibition, 'A Bird in the Hand', b...
14/05/2018

Summer 2018 at The Fan Museum is all about one thing: feathers! Our latest temporary exhibition, 'A Bird in the Hand', brings together a colourful array of feather fans from around the world. We look forward to welcoming you during the coming months...

Displayed in our current exhibition, 'Early Printed Fans' is this folding fan with ivory (possibly Chinese?) sticks and ...
02/05/2018

Displayed in our current exhibition, 'Early Printed Fans' is this folding fan with ivory (possibly Chinese?) sticks and printed/ hand coloured leaf published by Martha Gamble in 1746. A similar example can be found in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (www.mfa.org/collections/object/fan-69295).

The scene includes three female figures (possibly symbolising classical deities, Ceres, Flora and Pomona) who surround a gladiatorial figure astride a horse-drawn chariot marked with a fleur de lys. As yet, the subject is unconfirmed. Perhaps our Facebook followers might like to add their thoughts?

'Early Printed Fans' closes on Sunday 06 May 2018.

Incoming at The Fan Museum...'A Bird in the Hand: Feather fans from around the World'.Wednesday 09 May - Sunday 23 Septe...
27/04/2018

Incoming at The Fan Museum...

'A Bird in the Hand: Feather fans from around the World'.
Wednesday 09 May - Sunday 23 September 2018.

A spectacular display of feather fans from around the world is set to enliven The Fan Museum’s elegant Georgian interiors during the summer months of 2018. Fans which incorporate the plumage of birds have a history stretching back thousands of years. The Museum’s earliest fan (Pre-Columbian) is tipped with macaw feathers and will be on display for the first time in several years.

Feather fans were especially fashionable in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and feature prominently within the display. Colourful ostrich feather fans evoke the glamour and decadence of the 1920s, while fans incorporating the plumes of game birds hint at Edwardian aristocratic shooting parties.

The centrepiece of the display is an exquisite early twentieth century jay feather fan on tortoiseshell sticks, generously lent by The Fan Museum’s esteemed patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

We look forward to welcoming our Facebook followers during the coming months!

Incoming at The Fan Museum...Join us on Thursday 21 June 2018 when Dr Joanna Marschner, senior curator, Historic Royal P...
19/04/2018
‘In Celebration! A Waving Field of Feathers | The Fan Museum

Incoming at The Fan Museum...

Join us on Thursday 21 June 2018 when Dr Joanna Marschner, senior curator, Historic Royal Palaces, will give an illustrated presentation on the subject of feathers within Court attire.

For more information and to book your tickets, please visit our website: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/events/in-celebration-a-waving-field-of-feathers

To coincide with The Fan Museum’s summer exhibit, A Bird in the Hand, Dr Joanna Marschner will give an illustrated presentation on the above subject, revealing how feathers – and in particular those of the ostrich – have played significant and symbolic roles within Court attire throughout the ...

We're delighted to announce that our 2017 'Street Fans: Art Happens' crowdfunding campaign has been shortlisted for an E...
17/04/2018
The Emcees - The National Arts Fundraising School

We're delighted to announce that our 2017 'Street Fans: Art Happens' crowdfunding campaign has been shortlisted for an Emcees Arts & Culture award in the category of best fundraising campaign under £100,000.

We'd like to take this opportunity to once again extend our thanks to everyone who donated to the campaign and helped us raise over £15,000 toward the Street Fans project. We hope you enjoyed the exhibition, outreach events and Art Happens rewards. Props also to the Art Fund for their support and guidance, to all the participating artists, co-conspirator Codex Urbanus and of course fan maker Sylvain Le Guen.

Fingers crossed for the win!

https://www.nationalartsfundraisingschool.com/the-emcees/

Sponsored by: Join us for the Awards Event on May 1st 2018 at Ovalhouse:

Painter and architect Raphael was born #onthisday in 1483. To celebrate the birth of the Renaissance genius, enjoy these...
06/04/2018

Painter and architect Raphael was born #onthisday in 1483. To celebrate the birth of the Renaissance genius, enjoy these three fans from our collections painted with interpretations of one of Raphael's suite of Vatican frescoes, 'The Cardinal Virtues', showing allegories of Fortitude, Prudence and Temperance.

We'd like to wish the wonderful Georgina Letourmy Bordier  Eventails-anciens.com every success with her latest fan-theme...
03/04/2018

We'd like to wish the wonderful Georgina Letourmy Bordier Eventails-anciens.com every success with her latest fan-themed exhibition, 'L'éventail, de Joséphine à Eugénie'. Opening at Bibliotheque Marmottan on April 11, we’re delighted to be lending a range of fans dating from the early to mid-19th century. Here are just a few of the fans on loan to the exhibition.

Tomorrow we'll be heading to the Royal Society of Medicine for the Heritage Crafts Association 'Crafts for the Future' C...
23/03/2018
Crafts for the Future – HCA Conference 2018

Tomorrow we'll be heading to the Royal Society of Medicine for the Heritage Crafts Association 'Crafts for the Future' Conference. A stellar line-up of speakers includes our very own Curator, Jacob Moss, who'll deliver a presentation on our recent 'Street Fans' project.
http://heritagecrafts.org.uk/crafts-for-the-future-hca-conference-2018/

Plans are now underway for our 2018 conference Crafts for the Future. We are pleased to announce that HCA Patron and ceramics producer Emma Bridgewater will be amongst our keynote speakers. In the afternoon session we’ll be hearing from selected makers on the HCA/Radcliffe Red List of Endangered C...

The second in our 2018 series of exhibition-linked lectures comes courtesy of The Fan Museum's Founder/Director, Mrs Ale...
22/03/2018
In Celebration! The Prince and the Fan | The Fan Museum

The second in our 2018 series of exhibition-linked lectures comes courtesy of The Fan Museum's Founder/Director, Mrs Alexander. Join us on the evening of Monday 16 April and discover the fascinating story of a fan published in support of the Jacobite cause...

https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/events/in-celebration-the-prince-and-the-fan

To continue the series of events to coincide with The Fan Museum’s new exhibition, Early Printed Fans, Hélène Alexander, The Fan Museum Founder and Director, will deliver an illustrated lecture about a printed fan published in support of the Jacobite uprising of 1745.

The Art Fund has made Jacob Moss 'Curator of the Month' for March 2018. Read the interview here:
05/03/2018
Curator of the Month: Jacob Moss, The Fan Museum

The Art Fund has made Jacob Moss 'Curator of the Month' for March 2018. Read the interview here:

This month’s curator ran a successful fundraising campaign through our Art Happens crowdfunding platform for the exhibition Street Fans. Here he tells us about the experience of curating in a small museum dedicated to one beautiful, yet niche, art form.

On Monday 05 March we welcome to The Fan Museum curator Patricia Ferguson, who will deliver an illustrated lecture relat...
06/02/2018
In Celebration! Pots with Attitude | The Fan Museum

On Monday 05 March we welcome to The Fan Museum curator Patricia Ferguson, who will deliver an illustrated lecture relating to her current exhibition at the British Museum, 'Pots with Attitude'. Exploring the application of satirical prints on ceramics, the exhibition is garnering rave reviews and ties in perfectly with our own ‘take’ on 18th Century print culture, 'Early Printed Fans'. Follow the link to book your tickets...

https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/events/in-celebration-pots-with-attitude

To coincide with our new special exhibition, Early Printed Fans, Patricia Ferguson (Project Curator, Monument Trust, 18th Century Prints and Ceramics, British Museum) will deliver an illustrated lecture relating to her fascinating exhibition at the British Museum, Pots with Attitude: British Satire....

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