Yesterday I visited the Fan Museum in Greenwich, and found out more information than I ever thought existed about fans. It’s the UK’s only museum dedicated solely to fans, and has more than 4,000 fans in its collection. It opened in 1991 in a restored 18th century Grade II listed building in Greenwich town centre.
The permanent collection displays notable and interesting fans and fan-related paraphernalia, as well as information about the different kinds of fans in existence and the materials and techniques used in their construction. Interesting items include a fan painting by Paul Gaugin and a ceremonial Chinese fixed fan.
The museum has a programme of temporary exhibitions and the current exhibition is called The Fan in Europe: 1800-1850. Most fans in this period were relatively small and there are some absolutely exquisite examples of fans on display. This is one of them.
If you’re in Greenwich, it’s worth taking a break from the big attractions and paying a visit to this little specialist museum.
Address: 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10 8ER
Opening Hours: 11am-5pm Tues-Sat; 12pm-5pm Sun
Prices: Adults £4, concessions and children £3