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Waterloo: Life & Times

27th January - 10th May 2015

Waterloo Life and Times

Commemorating the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo

2015 marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and what better way to honour the occasion than an exhibition celebrating this tumultuous period in Europe’s history and its associated heroes (and villains!)

WATERLOO: LIFE & TIMES features fans and fan leaves designed to commemorate significant military battles and victories associated with the period leading up to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, at which the French were finally defeated by the Allied armies after a prolonged period of fighting. The exhibition includes fans printed with portraits of heroic figures like Nelson and Wellington and fan leaves printed in England but destined for Spain, such as those celebrating the accession to the throne of Ferdinand VII.

Away from the ‘battle action’ the social scene at this time revolved around glittering balls and assemblies – events at which ladies carried elegant fans richly decorated with sequins and delicately painted with classically themed vignettes; visitors can expect to see a glittering array of such styles dating c. 1800 – 1820. Interweaving historical narratives with fashion and decorative art objects, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on a period often overlooked in popular fan historiographies.

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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

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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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Folding fan with intricate gilt motifs

French, c.1800

Folding fan with cut steel monture, the net leaf applied with three painted cartouches and embroidered with sequins, spangles and intricate gilt motifs

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