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Talking Fans: Season II

Following on from the success of last year’s opening season of Talking Fans we are pleased to announce the start of Season II of Talking Fans, comprising four online presentations for Spring/Summer 2022. Delivered by the Museum’s expert curatorial staff, each of the talks will cover a different aspect of the multi-layered history, culture, and artistry of the fan.

Talking Fans will take place on the Zoom conferencing platform and advance booking via Eventbrite is essential. Tickets are priced at £4.50 per talk plus booking fees.


Poetic Imagination – George Sheringham’s Fans and Fan Leaves

19h00-20h00 BST, Wednesday 27 April 2022
George Sheringham RDI (1884-1937), painter, illustrator and theatre designer, concentrated much of his artistic energy on painting fan leaves for a short period early in his career, before and during the First World War.  Delivered by The Fan Museum’s Curatorial Consultant Mary Kitson, this talk will focus on  some of those works and their context in Sheringham’s wider career. Book now ›

Dance Fans and the Georgian Assembly Room

19h00-20h00 BST, Wednesday 25 May 2022
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 Curatorial Assistant Ailsa Hendry as she explores the relationship between dance, fans, and society during this period. Book now ›

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

19h00-20h00 BST, Wednesday 22 June 2022
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. Book now ›

19h00-20h00 Wednesday 27 July 2022
Subject to be confirmed in due course by the speaker, TFM Founder and Director Hélène Alexander MBE. Book now ›

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Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Concessions: £3.00
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Please note: We will be closed Saturday 27th August.

The Fan Museum cannot accept any new guided tour/private event bookings for September 2022. The Museum will otherwise remain open to the public Wednesday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00.

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