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Preserving fans within our collections and those of other museums & private individuals.

Conserving The Fan Museum's Collections

Conserving (as opposed to restoring) fans requires both broad and specialist knowledge. Fans are mostly composite objects incorporating a plethora of materials within their construction – shell, ivory, metal, silk, vellum, paper, feathers, exotic wood and mica to name just a few. They are made using complex techniques often no longer practiced and require delicate handling to ensure safekeeping. Our curators and conservator work in partnership to plan and deliver appropriate conservation plans and treatments, seeking only to consolidate/stabilise objects through discreet interventions such as gentle cleaning. At The Fan Museum we use preventative & remedial conservation methods to ensure the longevity and overall ‘health’ of our collections and prefer not to restore objects through practices such as repainting or re-gilding.

Conserving Fans for External Clients

The Fan Museum offers fan conservation services to members of the public, Museums, Galleries and other organisations. Over the past thirty years we’ve successfully conserved fans for numerous clients including the Royal Collection, the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers and countless private individuals. Our fan conservator brings a wealth of experience and carries out their work to the highest standards using only approved conservation grade materials and techniques. Should you wish to enquire about the Museum’s conservation services, please email the Curator attaching, where possible, images of all objects requiring treatment.

Please note it is not Museum practice to provide object valuations. Neither should you send by post any items to the Museum without first consulting a member of staff.

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with vaild student card)
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
National Trust Members:

50% discount on the Adult price tickets

Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for disabled visitors and carers (except for groups)

Please note that the discounts listed above cannot be applied when visitors are part of a large group visit or guided tour group.  Please click here for further details.

Group Bookings

Please note: The Fan Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday 2nd July, but will reopen as scheduled the following Wednesday 6th July.

Additionally, the Fan Museum is unable to accept any new guided tour or private event bookings for the entirety of September 2022. The Museum will, however, remain open to the public Wednesday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00.

Thank you for your understanding.