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The Fan Museum at 30: Digital Lecture Series

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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.

Talks will take place on the Zoom conferencing platform and advance booking is essential.
To book places, please email stating your full name and the title/s of the talk/s you would like to attend. In advance of the date of each talk, you will receive by email an event reminder and Zoom link enabling attendance.

The Fan Museum at 30: Schedule of Talks

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wednesday 05 May 2021
The Fan Museum at 30: Director’s Choice

Join The Fan Museum’s Founder and Director, Hélène Alexander as she reflects on 30 extraordinary years (to the day!) of exhibition making. The Fan Museum Curator, Jacob Moss will facilitate a richly illustrated presentation in which Mrs Alexander will highlight just one exhibition from each of the past three decades she’s presided over. The talk will conclude with a short Q&A. If you would like to put questions to Mrs Alexander, please do so in advance by emailing

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wednesday 02 June 2021
The Fan Museum at 30: The Romantic Age
Join Mary Kitson, The Fan Museum consultant and Secretary to the Fan Circle International as she reflects on the 2019 exhibition, The Romantic Age. Mary will discuss some of the exhibition’s key themes and illustrate a selection of early to mid-19th century fans featured within the displays.

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wednesday 07 July 2021
The Fan Museum at 30: Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising
Join The Fan Museum’s curator, Jacob Moss as he reflects on the 2013 exhibition, Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising. Jacob will discuss some of the key themes within the exhibition and present a colourful array of promotional fans dating from the late-19th century to interwar period.

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wednesday 04 August 2021
The Fan Museum at 30: Chinoiserie Fans
Join The Fan Museum’s assistant curator, Scott Schiavone as he reflects on the 2006 exhibition, Chinoiserie Fans.  Scott will discuss some of the key themes within the exhibition and present a colourful array of fans decorated in the chinoiserie style dating from the late-17th to the early 19th century.

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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