Fans Unfolded

– Date: 21 October 2017 to 31 March 2018

This exhibition explores the art, language, and craftsmanship¬†of the fan, interposed with items from the museum’s art collection which relfect the period in which each fan was used.

Showcasing fans from the museum’s collection, this exhibition places a fashion accessory which is sometimes forgotten firmly in the spotlight. A fan can hardly be considered a necessity, especially in the British climate, however they were once as much a part of a ladies’ fashion attire as a handbag. Not only a means to keep cool, a fan complemented the dress and the wearer. The design of a fan has also been used as a means of sharing news, social gossip or political propaganda and as such, is a comment on the social scene of the day.


Date: 21 October 2017 to 31 March 2018
Time: Regular Museum Times
Venue: Norwood Gallery
Price: Free
Age Guidance: Anyone