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The Duchess of Cornwall visits the museum

20th October 2009 The Fan Museum1,335 views

The Duchess of Cornwall viewed an exhibition of military-themed fans during a visit to The Fan Museum in Greenwich, south-east London.

Her Royal Highness, who was visiting in her capacity as the museum’s patron, was shown a prototype of a guardsman fan which forms part of “Fans: War and Peace”, an exhibition of around 170 fans from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

The display – made possible through the Entente Cordiale, which exists between The Fan Museum and Le Cercle de l’éventail – encompasses a history of the world seen through objects too long regarded as frivolous accessories to dress. As such it presents many rare, fascinating and resonant items whose design, imagery and provenance will provide visitors with important new insights into the depiction of warfare throughout the ages.

After touring the exhibition, The Duchess was given the opportunity to handle a number of items, including an 18th century (circa 1727-1728) English fan showing Alexander the Great and the family of Darius. Her Royal Highness afterwards attended a reception for guests including lenders, trustees, friends and supporters of the Fan Museum and civic dignitaries.

Hélène Alexander MBE, Museum Director and Curator, said:

“It’s been a most memorable evening for The Fan Museum and for all of us working here and a great honour that The Duchess of Cornwall has taken so much interest in our current exhibition”.

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