When I posted of my resolution to get out more in London, I was delighted to receive an email from reader Suzie suggesting a meet-up and visit to the Fan Museum in Greenwich. This bijou little museum has a collection of fans numbering in the thousands, which are displayed in themed exhibitions lasting a few months each. Previous exhibitions have included "Fans in the Age of Plastics" last year, which I'm very sorry to have missed, and "War and Peace", which would also have been fascinating (I was able to snatch a glimpse of the programme from that one, in the gift shop). The current exhibition "The Fan in Europe 1800-1850" certainly didn't disappoint however, and we sighed and swooned over intricately carved fans of translucent horn set with shimmering cut steels, fans of delicately carved ivory and bone, and exquisitely painted paper fans with gilt details.
The Fan Museum also has a delightful Orangery where they serve afternoon tea, which I thought would be a lovely for a vintage social. If you would be interested in such a thing (it would be £10 per person, which includes entry to the museum) please let me know by email or in the comments.
They also do fan-making classes for £20 - how cool is that?!