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 […]

The Georgian Approach to Personal Hygiene

How the upper classes stayed clean and battled body odour in the 18th century Bathing Despite the popularity of spa towns during the Regency Period, it was commonly believed that bathing was unhealthy as soaking in water, and especially hot water, was thought to let disease enter the body. When Georgians did take a bath, […]

CLOSURE: York Residents Weekend 2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances we regretfully announce that we are unable to open Fairfax House as part of the 2020 York Residents Festival. This is due to emergency conservation work required on all of our important historic plasterwork and stucco ceilings. During our usual January closed period, specialist testing – carried out by York Conservation […]

Coping with the Winter Chill in the Georgian Era

Following on from July’s Top Five Tips for Keeping Cool 18th Century Style, here’s our helpful winter guide Layers layers and more layers: to avoid the “muslin disease” (deadly cold or pneumonia), bundle up in layers of wool, fur, cotton, flannel or linen. Gentleman, adorn your great coat, leather gloves and boots, and ladies, invest […]

Coping with the Summer Sun in the Georgian Era

Follow our Top 5 tips to keep cool in this warm weather – 18th century style! Stay hydrated: Make sure to avoid the unsanitary water and instead treat yourself to a refreshing cup of small beer – highly nutritious. Or perhaps, if you are expecting company, break out the tea chest and brew those newly imported leaves […]