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Oh! I do like to be beside the Seaside - Fan Museum

Oh! I do like to be beside the Seaside

Exhibition preview

A LIGHTHEARTED exhibition entitled Oh! I do like to be beside the Seaside is on display at the Fan Museum until October 31, 2010.

The exhibition traces the evolution of the concept of a holiday by the sea from fans of the Grand Tour in Naples and Venice (for a privileged few), to the advertising fans of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which show how the development of the railways made the seaside accessible to the masses.

A glance at some of the mythological fans takes visitors into the world of legend when sea monsters devoured (or are about to devour) naked ladies. Chinese ‘applied faces’ fans depict the reaches of the estuary of the Pearl River at Canton with its famous pagoda landmark, while others show this busy shipping port with its ‘hongs’ along the waterfront.

On Tuesdays and Sundays tea is served in The Fan Museum Orangery. Visitors to the museum may also enjoy afternoon tea on board a Japanese cruise liner by reading the alarming menu of delicacies on a fan designed for the Captain’s table in 1936.

The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London, SE10.

Tickets: adults: £4; concessions and children over 7 and under 16: £3; children (under 7): free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday – 11am to 5pm; Sunday – 12noon to 5pm.