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Colour a Fan!

13th May 20201,699 views

The Fan Museum is pleased to share from its collection a free, downloadable colouring sheet of a fan advertising a famous beverage. Manufactured around 1930 by Éventails Ganné, Paris, the original design incorporates a mask-like face with peepholes. Visit our online database to learn out more about this striking Art Deco fan: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan216007

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Rediscovering a Unique Liaison: The Museum’s pioneering 2017 Street Fans project launches via Google Arts & Culture.

30th April 20201,688 views

In 2017 The Fan Museum, with support from Codex Urbanus, launched a pioneering initiative to put the heritage craft of fan making back on the map here in the UK. ‘Street Fans’ brought together twenty nine street artists and one contemporary fan maker for an innovative, exhibition-based project enriched with outreach activities designed to engage diverse audiences.

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Fantasy Unfurled: TFM Announces Major Acquisition

20th April 20201,080 views

The Fan Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of an extraordinary folding fan decorated by Gustave Doré (1832-1883). Formerly in the private collection of Paris-based antique dealer Gérard Lévy (1934-2016), the fan was widely admired by visitors attending the Museum’s 2019 summer exhibition, The Man with the Carnation: Fans from the Gérard Lévy Collection.

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The Fan Museum announces major acquisition

3rd February 20201,567 views

The Fan Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of an exceptional late-sixteenth century ‘flag fan’, a precious survival from a time when hand held fans were exotic ornaments as opposed to commonplace accessories.

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Volunteer Open Evening – Wednesday 19th February

27th January 2020845 views

The Fan Museum is a small, independent organisation which does not receive public funding. We rely on a team of wonderful volunteers who make an important and valued contribution to our success.

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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits The Fan Museum

6th December 20191,158 views

On Wednesday 04 December, The Fan Museum welcomed HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, its Patron since 2008…

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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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