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London Volunteer Awards 2012

8th June 2012 The Fan Museum1,532 views

London is a city which is renowned for its cultural and artistic diversity. Hosting more museums than any other major city, we are privileged to be able to enjoy these Wunderkammern of knowledge, both large and small. But without the generous help of volunteers, who give their time, dedication, enthusiasm and knowledge, many smaller museums would struggle to survive.

Several of our lovely volunteers have been with us for a considerable length of time and each, both old and new, bring something valuable to the museum. We are therefore pleased beyond measure to sing the praises of one of our volunteers: Mrs. Sheila Sterling. When the museum opened back in 1991, Shelia was one of the first to greet visitors as they came through the door. Twenty one years later, Sheila can still be found at the front desk, warmly welcoming members of the public.

London Volunteer Awards 2012

Sheila receiving her certificate from Kate Bowgett

Sheila’s passion and enthusiasm is infectious: not only does she bring a smile to the faces of visitors, but also to the faces of her colleagues. Her love for languages has added immense value to the museum, as she is always ready with a phrase or two in French, Spanish, Russian and even Japanese!

It will therefore come as no surprise that Shelia was highly commended at the London Volunteers in Museums Awards 2012, within the category of ‘Long Service’. So from all at The Fan Museum, a huge thank you to Sheila for all your hard work and enthusiasm over the years.

For anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at The Fan Museum, please click here for further information.

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Curator in Residence

Saturday 23 March 2019

Join The Fan Museum’s curator, Jacob Moss and curatorial assistant Scott Schiavone for free-to-attend talks on a range of fan-related topics pertaining to the current gallery displays.

''In Celebration!' - Admiral Sir William Parker of Crooms Hill

Monday 1st April 2019, 7.30pm

An illustrated talk by Daphne Joynes on the life and times of Admiral Sir William Parker, who with his large family lived at 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich (now home to the Fan Museum) in the late eighteenth century.

”In Celebration!’ – Song of Myself : A 200th Birthday Celebration of Walt Whitman

Friday 31st May 2019, 7.30pm

Advance booking is now open for the showcase of Song of Myself, a celebration of the great American poet Walt Whitman, written for the 200th anniversary of his birth by Wayne Adrian Drew.

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Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
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