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The Romantic Age: European Fans 1810-1840

25 September - 30 December 2018

The Fan Museum’s third and final temporary exhibition of 2018 offers fascinating insights into a relatively overlooked period within the history of fans…

In Europe, the beginning of the 19th century witnessed significant social and political upheavals. The Napoleonic Wars reverberated across the continent and affected life on an unprecedented scale. In France, fan-makers and their apprentices downed tools and joined the military and the ‘golden age’ of fan-making, typified by the exquisitely crafted confections of the previous century, appeared to reach an abrupt end. Although the materials used to fashion fans were, as a result of trading embargoes, generally less precious, fans continued to reflect the hopes, fears and aspirations of society at large.

Celebrating a period during which historical ideals and past traditions were glorified, The Romantic Age features a diverse array of fans ranging from intricate brisé models to Franco-Spanish examples decorated with subjects such as the operas of Rossini – at their most popular during the 1820s-1830s following the composer’s celebrated tour of Spain.

Additionally, fans which reflect the troubadour style and a return to the chivalric principles of the past will be on display alongside fans commemorating Napoleon and the return of his ashes to France in 1840.

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Museum Opening Times

Wednesday

11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

Thursday

11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

Friday

11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

Saturday

11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER

Admission

Adults: £5.00

Concessions: Info £3.00

Children (age 7-12): £3.00

Free Entry for...

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for carers and disabled visitors (not as part of a group)

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with valid student card)
  • Children aged 6-17 years
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
  • Museum Association members
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Royal Museums Greenwich members
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…

Children aged 6 years and under, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday 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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The Museum is open as usual Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11h00-17h00 (last admissions at 16h30).

Please note that we will be closed from Thursday 2nd June to Saturday 4th June inclusive for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

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