A Bird in the Hand

The Fan Museum

9 May – 23 September 2018

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Fans incorporating the plumage of birds take centre stage at the Fan Museum.

Early 20th-century fan with ostrich feathers

Feather fans were especially fashionable in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and feature prominently in this display. Colourful ostrich feather fans evoke the glamour and decadence of the 1920s while fans incorporating plumes of game birds hint at Edwardian aristocracy.

Feathers have been used in this way for thousands of years, and the Museum’s earliest fan, tipped with macaw feathers and at least 1,000 years old, goes on display for the first time in several years

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