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Small Pox, Snails and Ails… Really?!

Being a Volunteer means that you are likely to have a somewhat unsavoury interest in the darker, distasteful and downright disguising aspects of eighteenth century life. It’s all grist for the mill if you are a Room Host at Fairfax House … Find out more about their special forthcoming talk.

Roger Ward wins Inspirational Teacher of the Year

Roger Ward, senior guide at Fairfax House, is announced as the winner of the 2018 Culture Awards ‘Inspirational Teacher of the Year’ for his inspirational approach to developing creative talent in the world of cultural heritage.

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England’s Finest Georgian Town House

Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr.

Extensively adapted in the twentieth century as a cinema and dance hall, Fairfax House was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84.

Today, Fairfax House once more transports you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society. The superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie’s as one of the finest private collections of the twentieth century, perfectly complements the house, bringing it to life and creating a special lived-in feeling.

With an exciting programme of special events and changing exhibitions, there is always a reason to visit Fairfax House.

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