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.
SYMPOSIUM: FASHION, FUNCTION AND ORNAMENTFriday 19 September 2014
THE TALE OF THE ‘TEA TUB’ AND OTHER STORIESWednesday 24 September 2014
EXHIBITION - THE KEEPING OF CHRISTMASTuesday 18 November 2014 - Friday 2 January 2015
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EXHIBITION: HEAD TO TOE: ACCESSORISING THE GEORGIANSFriday 28 March 2014 - Sunday 2 November 2014
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FAIRFAX HOUSE FASHION ACCESSORIES SYMPOSIUM
To accompany our exhibition 'From Head to Toe: Accessorising the Georgians' (28 March to 2 November 2014) Fairfax House will be hosting a one-day symposium on 'Fashion, Function & Ornament: Accessorising the Georgians' on 19 September 2014. Confirmed speakers include Nigel Arch (Kensington Palace), Rachel Boak (Waddesdon Manor) and Kate Anderson (National Galleries of Scotland). For more details of this event click here.
Fairfax House is currently looking for people in and around York with a passion for history and a flair for sharing their enthusiasm with others to join our team of volunteers. Various roles are available within our volunteering team, from acting as guides and room hosts to administration and costumed work. Please click on 'volunteer at Fairfax House' above for more information.