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London Map Fair

4 & 5 June 2016

The largest Antique Map Fair in Europe exhibit at the historic London venue of the Royal Geographical Society bringing together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world.

Image of map

A very large selection of Original Antique Maps will be available for sale, ranging in age from the 15th C. to the 20th C., covering all parts of the world and priced to suit all pockets: from £10 to £100,000.

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York's Archbishops Registers Revealed

Detail from Register

This project provides free access to over 20,000 images of Registers produced by the Archbishops of York, 1225-1650, in addition to a growing searchable index of names, subjects, places and organisations.

The registers are a valuable, and in many cases, unexploited source for ecclesiastical, political, social, local and family history - covering periods of war, famine, political strife and religious reformation in the Archdiocese of York and the wider Northern Province.

You can browse images using or search the 2727 indexed entries via the search interface. Further information, guidance and supporting material relating to the registers will be added to the site as time goes on.

Visit the website: York's Archbishops Registers Revealed


The Fan Museum

Twenty fifth anniversary year

Detail of folding fan advertising Carlton Hotel & Restaurant, London.

Advertising fan for Carlton Hotel and Restaurant, London. © 2016 The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum owes its existence to the vision of its Founders, Hélène Alexander MBE and her husband, the late A.V Alexander. Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, The Fan Museum occupies two beautifully restored Grade II* listed Georgian townhouses. The Museum holds more than 5,000 objects – arguably the UK’s largest collection of its kind – including fans dating from the twelfth century onwards and works by Salvador Dali, Paul Gauguin and Walter Sickert.

The Museum has cultivated a special atmosphere in which visitors are treated like members of an extended family and is perhaps unusual in actively promoting a traditional attitude to learning, research and customer care – perhaps redolent of times past. In conjunction with a varied temporary exhibition programme the Museum holds regular literary and theatrical events, offers fan making workshops, educational visits and operates a conservation unit.

2016 marks The Fan Museum’s twenty fifth anniversary and what better way to celebrate than with a programme of exhibitions guaranteed to appeal to art lovers and culture vultures of all persuasions. For news of forthcoming exhibitions for the remainder of this special anniversary year visit The Fan Museum.



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