Greenwich Fan Museum Gains Royal Patronage From Duchess

By Culture24 Staff | 08 January 2009
A picture of smartly dressed people standing on a carpet at an exhibition in a museum

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (above) with Hélène Alexander MBE, Founder and Director of The Fan Museum with the Trustees of The Fan Museum (Tony Bird, Michael Ross Collins, Susie Mayor, Philip Degen, Penny Gluckstein) and Charles Summers, artist. Pic © Gerald Sharp Photography 2009

One of London’s most unusual museums has received royal approval after persuading The Duchess of Cornwall to become its Patron.

Trustees from The Fan Museum in Greenwich, which is home to more than 3,000 examples of the form and won admiration from Princess Camilla during a tour of the Grade II-listed building last year, said they were “privileged” to announce her appointment in front of their current exhibition of fans from the Dutch Royal Collection.

The award-winning centre has held more than 50 thematic exhibitions since being founded in historic 18th century townhouses by Hélène Alexander and her late husband in 1991. It includes fans from across the world dating as far back as the 11th century, a magnificent Orangery room and a fan-shaped Japanese garden.

“We are honoured and delighted that Her Royal Highness agreed to be our Patron,” added Mrs Alexander.

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