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Using the Collections

Image reproduction, collections research & related facilities.

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Reproducing Images from the Museum’s Collections

The Fan Museum holds a comprehensive database of collections-related digital images. Whether for personal, academic, or commercial use, you will need to obtain the appropriate permissions to reproduce our images. To submit a request, please contact the Museum’s Curator and state, where possible, the accession numbers associated with the image/s you wish to reproduce and the context of use (i.e. website, exhibition catalogue, scholarly dissertation). For commercial uses, fees may apply.

Research Facilities & Appointments

Our collections are further enriched by an onsite library of fan-related publications including rare antique editions, exhibition catalogues, academic dissertations and other supplementary materials. Should you wish to make use of our research facility and/or view objects from the collections which are not on display, you will need to submit an appointment request to the Museum’s curatorial team via email.

Handling/ Study Collection

A collection of approximately 100 fans, component parts and raw materials is held by the Museum for educational purposes. The items are not part of the accessioned collections and, therefore, can be handled by audiences participating in educational activities – either onsite or through outreach initiatives. Parts of the handling collection are made available for commercial hire. Please email the Museum’s Curator for more information.

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Folding Fan, France, ca.1890s

The richly carved sticks combine varying shades of blonde and brown tortoiseshell arranged according to tonal graduation. The leaf is painted in a theatrical manner with the Goddess Aurora heralding the Dawn; signed by the artist, S. Drinot.


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From Wednesday 12th June onwards, until otherwise stated, the Museum will be open for general entry from 11:00am-1:00pm, closed to the public between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, and open again from 2:00pm until last entry at 4:30pm. Doors will close as usual at 5:00pm.

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