Bath has its Fashion Museum and Amsterdam has its Museum of Handbags and Purses but Greenwich has a Fan Museum. How does a Fan Museum get to be in Greenwich? I don’t really know except that it was founded by two private individuals, a married couple, and has some major commercial sponsors. We had a free morning before the funeral so decided to have a look around the Fan Museum. Like the other museums above the exhibition allows us to gaze into a past when certain items of clothing or accessories met different needs to now to the extent that they are, in the case of fans, no longer considered necessary or essential items for a genteel person or a person of fashion.
We were in Greenwich again last week for another family funeral and we are becoming quite familiar with this corner of London. This time we stayed at an Innkeeper’s Lodge at The Mitre, a classic old London city style pub with rooms upstairs right in the centre of the action next to St Alfrege’s church. We only had one full day and a half day for activities but we did arrive early enough in the afternoon of our travel day for Kate to quickly revisit her favourite clothes shop in Greenwich, “Meet Bernard”, and buy a new top.
We have just visited Tyntesfield House for the first time. This is a home acquired by the Gibbs family in 1843 and transformed from what was then a Georgian mansion into a Victorian Gothic Revival extravaganza. Now I could just write the usual travelogue style post with some super pics to give you an idea of what it all looks like and so on ( I have created a gallery that can be viewed with this post) but I would like to try and stretch myself a little bit and examine my feelings about these sorts of places and the place of organisations such as the National Trust and the Historic Houses Association in the national psyche. Not too heavy I hope.