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 […]

Home working Georgian-style

Many of us have set up our homes to allow us to work remotely during this coronavirus pandemic. But while we’re in lockdown, perhaps we can take inspiration from the fact that we’re not the first to practise ‘home working’. The grand 18th century homes that so many of us enjoy visiting today (when we’re able to) […]

Who was Miss Busby?

Historic portraits that line the walls of nearly all historic houses can seem daunting and anonymous. Some have deep connections with a place whereas others are often bought to make a room even more ‘historic’. But these were real people and piecing together their lives, requiring perseverance and luck, can be revealing. This portrait, painted […]

Opening Update

Our primary concern at York Civic Trust and Fairfax House is ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and visitors in light of the recent situation regarding COVID-19. We have therefore decided to provisionally postpone the official reopening of the museum to 1st May 2020 and reschedule all planned events until August across the […]

Characterising James Gillray: The Life Behind the Satire

James Gillray (1756-1815) is heralded as one of the founding fathers of British satire. Depicting political events and society figures with a penetrating gaze, he was equally feared and revered. The themes he draws upon in his masterful prints remain vitally relevant to modern audiences, just as his work continues to influence and inspire today’s […]