5 Fan Museum Facts


The Fan Museum is the only museum in the UK devoted entirely to the history of fans and the craft of fan making. Donate now and help us keep this craft alive and create a unique exhibition of contemporary street art fans.

One of the museum’s treasures is a folding fan decorated by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Depicting a scene from celebrated novel Don Quixote, Dali chose to decorate the fan in felt tip. We expect our street artists will work in similarly unconventional mediums for their fan designs.

The museum’s beautiful Orangery features intricate murals painted by theatrical and garden designer Jane Barraclough. Amongst the rewards you’ll receive for donating £200, you and a guest can enjoy champagne afternoon tea and luxuriate in this delightful space.

Every month we host a fan making workshop, at which attendees learn to make two different types of fan. Donate £60 to our project and attend a special fan making workshop with master fan maker himself, Sylvain Le Guen.

Hélène Alexander, the museum’s founder and director, is a world authority on fans and her personal collection formed the basis of the museum’s collection. Mrs Alexander is a big fan (no pun intended) of Sylvain Le Guen and owns several of his magnificent creations. Donate £450 and you, too, will be the owner of an original ‘sipo’ wood brisé fan, beautifully handcrafted by Le Guen, and adorned with a reproduction street art design of your choice.

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