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The Fan Museum at 30: Digital Lecture Series

6th April 20212,340 views

2021 marks 30 years since The Fan Museum first opened to the public. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, the Museum is launching a series of free-to-attend online talks, each exploring a different aspect of the Museum’s extensive archive of fan-themed exhibitions.

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Murder at the Museum! Wayne A. Drew’s latest sell-out novel.

12th January 20211,324 views

STOP PRESS!  First edition paperbacks of Wayne A. Drew’s latest thriller novel, ‘Murder at the Museum’, featuring The Fan Museum’s director Hélène Alexander as a leading character, are about to sell out via our online gift shop!

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The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers launch special edition fan by leading UK fashion designer, Stewart Parvin.

23rd November 20202,201 views

The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers launch special edition fan by leading UK fashion designer, Stewart Parvin, MVO.

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Enriching The Fan Museum’s Collections in 2020

16th November 2020962 views

Recently uploaded to the Museum’s Facebook page is a short feature detailing the continued enrichment of The Fan Museum Trust collection during 2020, a year beset by challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Reopening Update

20th July 20201,890 views

As many of the UK’s museums, galleries & other attractions begin to reopen following an extended period of closure, we’d like to provide an update of our own

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Read a Fascinating Article by Helene Alexander

22nd May 20202,567 views

The Fan Museum is pleased to make available a richly illustrated article on a fan-related topic authored by Helene Alexander MBE, Founder/Director of the Museum and a leading authority on fans.

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Upcoming Events

Talking Fans > Dance Fans and the Georgian Assembly Room

Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

In eighteenth and nineteenth century Europe, assemblies and balls were the centre of the Season where complex dances and social relationships played out. A plethora of dance manuals and sheet music were created to teach the music and social etiquette of the assembly rooms, which included the popularisation of the Country Dance fan and Quadrille fan. Join TFM Curatorial Assistant Ailsa Hendry as she explores the relationship between dance, fans, and society during this period.

Talking Fans > Art of Deception: 18th Century Trompe l’œil Fans

Wednesday 22 June 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

The French term trompe l’œil can be translated as ‘trick of the eye’ and applies to works of art which create an illusion of a real object or scene. Although its origins can be traced back to the Classical period, the trompe l’œil phenomenon is especially prevalent in the eighteenth century and is applied in varying ways to fans throughout the period. Join TFM Curator & The Arts Society Lecturer, Jacob Moss as he explores the trompe l’œil trend as seen on a variety of eighteenth century fans from the Museum’s outstanding collections.

Summer Lecture with Hélène Alexander

Wednesday 27 July 2022 at 19.00hrs BST

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