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London’s Fan Museum celebrates the humble fan with a staggering collection dating back more than 900 years.

(TRAVPR.COM) UK - December 12th, 2013 - London has many small museums dedicated to the strangest of subjects, from spectacles to gardening, and one of the most cherished is the Fan Museum in Greenwich. This remarkable little venue boasts a collection of around 4,000 decorated fans, dating from the 11th century and the present day, showing a staggering range of styles and tastes for such an unheralded object. The Fan Museum is located in the heart of Greenwich, within a short distance of several other key London attractions such as the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, all of which have an ever-changing programme of London events. To keep up to date with London events and these and other venues, check, London’s most reliable website for visitor information.

The Fan Museum’s collection is so large they offer a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions alongside the permanent gallery, so they can show more of their fans in themed displays. The programme for 2014 begins with Hatch, Match & Despatch (Part II), from 11th January to 1st June. This intriguing display shows fans that commemorate births, marriages and deaths over a period of 300 years, revealing how fans recorded not only joyous occasions of national significance such as Royal births and weddings but those of a darker, melancholic nature too.

That is followed by Seduced! Fans & The Art Of Advertising (3rd June – 28th September 2014), which presents a fascinating overview of the history of advertising fans, showing how commercial art – a dynamic, seductive art-form – emerged during the late nineteenth century to play a pivotal role in generating and sustaining a culture of consumption among the growing middle classes. Many of the fans exhibited feature designs by masters of commercial art including, Georges Barbier, Leonetto Cappiello and Rene Gruau.

The year’s final exhibition is Visions of Beauty (30th September 2014 – 22nd February 2015), which brings together an exceptionally diverse array of fans both to question and celebrate impressions of beauty and desirability. For more on the Fan Museum and other attractions in Greenwich, see


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