Monday, January 28, 2013

The Fan Museum

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?!

16 comments:

  1. How gorgeous! I adore fans, I'd love to see these.

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  2. That sounds a great museum... and I'm always up for cake! ;)

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  3. Wow! It's amazing that something so old and delicate still survives! They are gorgeous.

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  4. You make me wish I lived in London. Well, even more. That looks like so much fun!

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  5. I used to work there...its AMAZING!!! so glad the wee fan museum is getting more publicity!!!

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  6. How enchantingly lovely! I've been eyeing a few vintage fans online lately, thinking my wardrobe needs at least one for the sizzling days of summer, and I take this post as a sign that I really must splash out on a fan or two asap.

    Wishing you a marvelous Monday & week ahead,
    ♥ Jessica

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  7. Oh that sounds like a lovely idea, fans and afternoon tea in an orangery. I do love an orangery. I don't live in London, otherwise I'd take you up on it. Unless you can do Friday 22nd March specifically as I'm there that day!!

    P x

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  8. Wish i lived near. Could you do a post on vinyage undergarments. Like what to look for sizing. And also i was looking at the post that you made that skirt bigger do you often buy items a size or two bigger or smaller if so how much could you say take a dress in before it looks daft. How much can you let out is it just the seems or can you add fabric.
    Sorry for all the questions but im trying to built my wardrobe and never seem to find much my size. Thank you

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    1. Also sorry for miss spellings am on my phone

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    2. Could you be more specific in what you would like to know about vintage undergarments? I'm happy to answer questions about alterations if you send me an email.

      xx Charlotte

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    3. Thank you. What to look for. Where to buy. What do you wear with what slip or gurdle. Do you wear both do need both. Do you really need them. Repo bras have you tried them like what katie did. Regarding alterations its how much can i take in a skirt. Im a size 14/16 but am still loosing so if a buy something to fit now could i take it in two or three sizes if need be. Thank you again charlotte your an angel and always get excited when a post pops up

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  9. Oh, thank you for sharing these, I have always thought fans were magic, even when I was a little girl. Now I'm quite sure.

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  10. That sounds lovely, if it is held at a weekend I would love to go.

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  11. Oh, those lovely brise fans... It was fabulous to meet you! And the photos in this post look gorgeous.

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  12. The Age of Plastics exhibition would have been amazing - it's always frustrating to hear about these things after the date! ... And I might be enticed out of hiding behind my blog to visit the museum and orangery for a meet-up...

    Another one of the wee London museums I really want to see but have somehow never made it to is the Museum of Branding and Advertising. Reckon that would be popular with bloggers, but doubt they have an orangery!

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  13. i went there and i loved it!my friends were making fun of me cause it seems that only old ppl go there
    me and my mom had tea and scones in the orangery
    lovely place

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