Thursday, 25 July 2013

Local community open day at the Fan Museum

Plenty going on this weekend, what with Deptford being the focus of the Festival of Neighbourhood at the South Bank and all that.

But if you don't fancy a trip up town (only 8 minutes away apparently) or want something local to do on the Saturday, pop over the border to Greenwich and you can visit the Fan Museum for free.

According to the press release:
The Fan Museum is holding a Local Community Open Day with the aim of encouraging residents from nearby boroughs to visit the museum. Since its inception over twenty years ago The Fan Museum has striven to foster a positive connection and increase engagement with the local community, and the forthcoming Open Day provides an opportunity for all sections of the community - particularly those who have yet to visit – to get a taste of one of the UK’s most unique cultural institutions.

The Fan Museum opened in 1991, in the heart of historic Royal Greenwich. Its 4000+ collection of predominantly antique fans is housed within two Grade II listed Georgian Town Houses. The permanent collection on the ground floor showcases the museum’s eclectic collection: from 11th Century Chinese fan leaves, via elegant Regency styles, to contemporary designs. Here visitors can discover the vast history of the fan, which encompasses themes of fashion, art, politics, court life and more. The first floor gallery houses thematic exhibitions, which change every four months. Each exhibition focuses on a specific subject, offering visitors a chance to view a selection of the world’s rarest and most exquisite fans.

FREE admission to all local residents will include

  • entry to the museum for all Royal Greenwich and Lewisham borough residents (bring proof of your address such as driving licence, utility bill etc)
  • curator-led mini tours throughout the day 
  • fan-making demonstrations throughout the day 
  • sessions for children to handle and learn about fans (requires booking in advance)
  • refreshments in the Orangery: a sample taster of our popular Afternoon Tea 

1 comment:

vesper said...

@Deptford Dame

Let's hope that today will be both inspired, and inspiring from the Festival of Neighbourhood focus at the South Bank to the Fan Museum in Greenwich too.

The Millennium Quay Summer Picnic is also taking place between the lines of the above events (12 noon - 4pm). I left this comment on their facebook page :

"Jam lucis orto sidere" Have a great day, this unique Thames Gateway, City Challenge site has come a very long way, since we changed the Deptford Power Station & Creekside planning brief from a visionless light industrial solution, to a true VISION OF BRITAIN solution i.e "HOUSING,HOUSING,HOUSING & A HOTEL". NB The Prince's Foundation Deptford Dame Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) Matthew Pennycook

You can follow the picnic news on Twitter at @MillenniumQuay .

Is the Festival of Neighbourhood following suit?