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Reopening Update

20th July 2020 Jacob Moss1,890 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

After careful consideration of the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors and the feasibility of making this small building covid-safe during uncertain times, the Museum will remain closed for the near future and we will take the opportunity to implement an agreed refocusing of its mission and objectivesIn addition to planning for a safe and practical reopening, we aim to conclude this process before reopening to the public in the New Year 2021, in time for our thirtieth anniversary.   

The Fan Museum’s Director, Trustees, staff & volunteers look forward to warmly welcoming back visitors early next year when a sumptuous exhibition of lace fans will mark the launch of a year-long celebratory programme of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and social events.   

Meanwhile, stay connected and visit our social media platforms and website for digital initiatives, news updates, feature articles and to search our collection of 2,500+ fans, fan leaves and related materials.

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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Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.00
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The Museum is open as usual Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10h00-17h00 (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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