Celebrating Summer

Sunny days settle in as summer approaches…

Our next Hands on History session on Saturday 15th June is all about summer, a celebration of its pleasures.


Hand painted fan


This hand-painted paper fan is among the summertime objects gathered from our collections to share with visitors. As an admirer of the beauty and delicacy of fans, I particularly love this object with its burst of candy-pink flowers surrounding a scene depicting a house nestled within tall trees; white birds gliding above.




Folding fans were produced throughout Europe during the eighteenth century. Whilst The East India Companies of Holland, France and England also imported increasing numbers of fans from the Far East, of which this one from our collections might be an example.

Join our Access Assistants on Saturday 15th June for a celebration of summer from 11 am until 4 pm.



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