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Learn the ancient art of the fan at the Fan Museum for things to do in London

Published: Monday 17th of September 2012

When it comes to quirky things to do in London, the Fan Museum is one to write home about.

The Fan Museum celebrates the art and historical value of the fan, which was once something of an art form, but sadly usage has dwindled over the past few centuries.

At the Fan Museum, visitors can peruse its collection of more than 3,500 fans, most of which are antique, dating from the 11th century to the present day.

Over the years, the devices have served many purposes, from being cooling and winnowing devices to ceremonial tools to fashionable accessories, status symbols, commemorative presents and even advertising giveaways.

Currently on at the Fan Museum is the England's Green and Pleasant Land exhibition, which is running until January 6th 2013.

According to the museum's website, it has been described in the past as "an artistic and cultural gem" and "an oasis of tranquillity".

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Posted by Samantha Reed

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