Sports, Leisure and Fans

The Fan Museum

6 June – 9 September 2012

Reduced price entry with National Art Pass – £3 (standard entry charge is £4)

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To coincide with the London 2012 Olympics, the Fan Museum will be hosting a truly unique exhibition exploring the early 18th century trend of depicting sport and popular pastimes on commemorative fans.

Spanish, Ladies' Tennis, c1910, folding fan with wooden sticks

An artistic style that continued throughout the 19th century and into the 1930s, these fans act as cultural and social indicators, often portraying sporting events and leisurely activities enjoyed by the upper classes.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Sun, 12 – 5pm

Closed 1 – 10 Jan, 18 Apr, 4 Oct, 25 – 26 Dec

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)