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A letter from our Chair and Chief Executive

Dear Volunteers, Members & Friends Over the last two months the teams at York Civic Trust and Fairfax House, working from home, have been delivering some amazing work across all fronts. Hopefully this great digital content has been seen by and reached more people than ever before. You may have seen some of it in […]

#CURATORBATTLE: Museums go viral on Twitter

Friday’s during lockdown for us are now quite different. Each week we are poised ready to take place in a #CURATORBATTLE on Twitter, competing with other museums to find an object in our collections that ‘best’ fits a theme set by the Yorkshire Museum. So far we have competed to be the museum with the: #dullestobject #prettiestobject, #deadliestobject, #bestegg (Easter Weekend) and most […]

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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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