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Who We Are

Get to know The Fan Museum's small team of dedicated staff.

Mrs H E Alexander, MBE FRSA

Founder and Director, The Fan Museum

Hélène Alexander has for more than thirty years served as The Fan Museum’s Director. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt and educated at the Lycée Français d’Alexandrie. She holds a degree in History of Art from London University and has been associated with the Victoria and Albert Museum where she worked for 13 years as a volunteer prior to establishing The Fan Museum in partnership with her husband, Mr A V Alexander, CBE.

She has practical experience of work in the theatre, has taught history of art, lectured extensively and written numerous articles and books on the subject of fans – many of which can be purchased via the Museum’s online gift shop.

She has assembled one of the most comprehensive fan collections in the world, and it is this collection upon which The Fan Museum was founded. She has mounted numerous exhibitions of fans in many parts of the country and has lent from her collection to a number of prestigious exhibitions within the UK and abroad.

Ross Chandler, BA (Hons)

General Manager, The Fan Museum

Ross joined The Fan Museum in 2021 after a varied career in theatre and financial administration, having initially trained as a performer/director at Rose Bruford College.

His main responsibilities centre on operations management across the Museum, particularly staff training and HR and overseeing adherence to The Fan Museum’s core policies. With the support of his team, he manages private hires and functions, programming, merchandise and bespoke fan commissions for organisations and individuals alike.

Outside of his Museum work, he continues to produce for theatre on a freelance basis.

(photo credit Michael O’Reilly)

Ailsa Hendry, MA

Interim Curator, The Fan Museum

After completing her MA in Museum Studies at UCL Ailsa Hendry joined The Fan Museum in January 2022. In her role as the Interim Curator, Ailsa supports the Director in a number of curatorial tasks. These include carrying out conservation procedures, photographing the collection, and assisting with loans, digital projects and seasonal exhibitions. Ailsa has over three years of experience in this sector having worked in museums across the country.

Mary Kitson, MA

Curatorial Consultant, The Fan Museum

Mary has worked part-time for The Fan Museum since 2002.   Her role as a Curatorial Consultant involves giving assistance with all curatorial matters.

Following a ‘first’ career in administration, Mary retrained as an art historian – she has an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University of London – and was until recently a teacher of art history to adults.   She now lectures freelance on fans of all periods and types, but with a special emphasis on the Grand Tour and the late 18th century.

Mary is the Hon. Membership Secretary of The Fan Circle International and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers.

Sophie Long, MA

Museum Assistant, The Fan Museum

Sophie joined The Fan Museum as a volunteer, working front of house, in 2021 before moving into the position of Freelance Museum Assistant in early 2022. From May 2022, she has been working full time in the Museum office and facilitates enquiries, events and private hire bookings and coordinating the merchandise shop, as well as her additional duties supporting the work of the Curatorial Team.

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with vaild student card)
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
National Trust Members:

50% discount on the Adult price tickets

Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for disabled visitors and carers (except for groups)

Please note that the discounts listed above cannot be applied when visitors are part of a large group visit or guided tour group.  Please click here for further details.

Group Bookings

Please note: The Fan Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday 2nd July, but will reopen as scheduled the following Wednesday 6th July.

Additionally, the Fan Museum is unable to accept any new guided tour or private event bookings for the entirety of September 2022. The Museum will, however, remain open to the public Wednesday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00.

Thank you for your understanding.