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Selling Fans in Eighteenth Century London

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 19.00-20.00hrs

Wednesday 25 March 2020, 19.00-20.00hrs (drinks reception from 18.00hrs)

Tickets: £7.50 / £6.75 (Friends discount)

An illustrated lecture by Cambridge University’s Dr Amy Louise Erikson, who recently curated a marvellous outdoor exhibition entitled City Women in the 18th Century.

In the 18th century fans achieved a mass market in England, through domestic production in London and later in Bath. This talk explores how they were sold – where, by whom, and at what price – both retail to customers and wholesale to shopkeepers or pedlars from the provinces.

The cheap end of the fan market is represented by printers Martha Gamble in the first half of the century and Sarah Ashton and John Cock at its end. At the expensive end of the market were families of French immigrants, like the Huguenot Chassereau and the Catholic Sleepes. The talk is illustrated with fan-makers’ engraved trade cards and newspaper advertisements.

Tickets can be purchased here.

If you are a Friend of The Fan Museum then please email info@thefanmuseum.org.uk or call 0208 305 1441 to purchase tickets.

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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
  • Members/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
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50% discount on the Adult price tickets

Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Tuesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens and disabled visitors (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.

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Unmounted printed fan leaf by F. Chassereau, 1739.

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The Fan Museum will be closed to the public from Monday March 16 2020

Following careful consideration of the current course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to implement a planned closure of The Fan Museum. We have made this decision in the interests of the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, partners and visitors. We are not aware of any specific health risk to staff or visitors.

We will continue to conduct as much of our work as we can remotely. For any enquiries please email info@thefanmuseum.org.uk